We are loving Laura Lowell’s “42 Rules for Working Moms.” There may be zillions of how-to books out there on being pregnant and raising tots, but it’s a vast wasteland when it comes to the logistics of juggling work and family. So Lowell assembled the best advice from 42 working moms into this eminently readable little book, and offered it up in bite-sized chunks because really, the last thing a working parent — or any exhausted parent for that matter — has is leisure to read. Read the interview with Laura in today’s Times. Check out the book here. Then let’s dish on those rules and add a few more.
Rule #2: Your daughter can brush her own hair. — Robin Wolaner, founder of Parenting Magazine.
Rule #12: Stay ahead of your schedule. — Alice de Sturler, lawyer
Rule #15: Love your appliances. Learn to use the “auto,” “self,” “delay” and countdown buttons on your dishwasher, coffee maker, washing machine and oven. — Sandrine Chaumette, works part-time for two mom-owned businesses.
Rule #35: Don’t buy the wipe warmer. What makes me crazy are those “must-haves” from retailers that prey on our compromised pregnancy brains, then never make it out of the box: the digital thermometer (doesn’t work on newborns); the infant high tops (good luck getting those on); the pacifier sterilizer (Hahahahah!). And, the most absurdly frivolous of them all: The wipes warmer. — Liz Gumbinner, Cool Mom Picks co-editor
OK, your turn. Click “comments” and share your tips on the juggling act.