Review of Work Shift (and a Give Away!)

Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy sent me an advance copy of her new ebook called Work Shift: How to Create a Better Blend of Work, Life, and Family. This ebook discusses the rising shift of non-traditional working situations for American families, and it features examples of women who are working to create a blend of their professional careers with their home life, rather than trying to balance it all.

Anne explains how the book came to fruition in the story of her own family. Thinking she wanted only to be a stay-at-home-mom, Anne began to work part-time as a way to help pay for some medical bills. With her husband’s flexible work schedule, there was no need to pay out of pocket for child care. The situation turned out to benefit the whole family: Anne could work and get some autonomous adult time while contributing to the family’s income. Her husband could get some bonding time with their children, and her kids received the benefit of both parents sharing the role of caregiver.

Anne discusses her family as merely one example of a fast-growing trend of families who blend the roles of money-maker and caregiver. With the advancements of technology and the internet, this has never been easier.

Anne provides a brief history of the workforce, discussing how up until the Industrial Revolution, the center of the family was at home. The husband and wife worked together to run a farm or shop, involving the children in the process. After the Industrial Revolution, men started leaving the home for work, disrupting the nuclear family for most of the day. With the Women’s Movement of the twentieth century, women broke down the workplace barriers, giving new opportunities in the workplace that were never available before. However, these women had to choose between a having a career or being home with the family. There were very few options for a middle ground.

The women of today are shedding both the stereotypes of June Cleaver (stay-at-home moms) as well as Claire Huxtable (career moms) and embracing something entirely different. Anne says, “We have no feminist axe to grind and we’re not out to prove anything. We just want to create a life that allows us to do meaningful work and be there for our families.” The book highlights women on all ends of the working spectrum, from popular bloggers to Etsy shop owners to hair stylists and more, showing how women can both provide for their families financially as well as spend time with their children.

I especially like how the book addresses roadblocks, like how to address a husband who may be reluctant to change, how to work through mommy guilt, and how to accept the seasons of life while your children are at different ages. In addition, the book provides resources to help women at every stage of adult life: single, married, pregnant, and moms with every age of child from newborn to teenager. The book gives inspiration to all women who are looking to either spend more time with their families or to pull in some extra cash every month.

Anne also addresses the biggest takeaway, our children:

“Kids are big winners in the new blend, because of the emphasis on shaping a life that works for the family as a whole. Many families who have embraced less-than-traditional schedules appreciate the teamwork and mutual respect the parents model for their kids. Because many of these families have one or both spouses who work from home, kids in these households have a handle on what their parents actually do all day.”

In my short tenure as a wife and mom, I have worked full-time, part-time away from home, and part-time at home. I am currently a traditional stay-at-home mom, but I am no longer in the preschool/newborn phase of life. We are entering the elementary/preschool age with my kids, and I want to contribute to our finances again. I recently started writing in an effort to build up my portfolio, so that I could start writing for income. Reading Work Shift provided a boost of encouragement as well as offered new ideas for blending work and home as my family enters this new season.

Anne has generously offered a free copy of Work Shift to one of my readers. If you would like to win a copy of this ebook, all you need to do is comment below. The giveaway will be open until Saturday, September 22 at 9:00 PM, and the winner will be chosen randomly.

If you do not want to wait to read this book, you may purchase a copy for only $8 through this link.

Note: I received a free copy of this book for preview. The link provided for purchase is an affiliate link, so purchasing this book through my site will help to support my blog. All opinions are entirely mine. 

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  1. #1 by Connie Light on September 19, 2012 - 10:27 am

    Thanks for sharing this information. The book sounds like a marvelous resource.

  2. #2 by Stephanie on September 19, 2012 - 10:35 am

    This book definitely sounds like it would be very helpful. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  3. #3 by Tiffany Brooks on September 19, 2012 - 11:11 am

    Since I am not a mom (well, not a human mom–I’m the best pug-mom in the world!) I should probably remove myself from consideration for winning the book. But I just wanted to say that this sounds like a really great examination on what the “new office” can look like. As a professional who has a full-time career with a firm based in another state, I can personally attest to the fact that working from home has its challenges as well as its rewards, and that creativity is an essential part of making it all work!

  4. #4 by Jessica Howard (@quirkybookworm) on September 19, 2012 - 11:44 pm

    I also have worked full-time and part-time away from home, and part-time from home since having Eleanor. It’s a crazy blend sometimes, but it works. 🙂

  5. #5 by Elizabeth on September 20, 2012 - 2:04 pm

    Very intriguing. Being in the throes of mommyhood, I’d be interested to read what she has to say about it all.

  6. #6 by Monica H. on September 21, 2012 - 9:31 am

    I will check this book out one way or another I think! We are in the middle (for the past 2 years!) of trying to figure out this balance and are about to take another step towards bringing more of that flexibility into our lives. I have worked full time since I got out of school, and it’s past time to find a way to be home more for the family, but I also find I don’t totally want to give up my profession, I think I do meaningful work and enjoy the satisfaction of that. I would love to read about other people’s thought on these same issues.

  7. #7 by kellywiggains on September 21, 2012 - 11:34 am

    Monica,

    I think you will like this eBook. Anne truly respects women of all professions and emphasizes each family finding what works for them. She also gives references to other books that are helpful in finding more work flexibility.

  8. #8 by dmd on September 21, 2012 - 3:51 pm

    Am hoping to win a copy!

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