Working Moms: The Childless Boss

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"Yum, wish my dinners looked like this!"

Whether you're a working mom or a stay-at-home mom, your job is hard. Period. If you're not trying to plan dinner while you're negotiating a contract, you're trying to plan dinner while you're mediating a battle in the playroom.

I've been in both spaces, and I've also had my share of women supervisors without children. I guess I've been lucky--most of them were very understanding about my mom-work balance struggle. But  I completely understand where Kristen Darguzas is coming from with her post on childless bosses on workitmom.com. Here's a snippet of the blog post, a conversation with one of her office-based comrades, describing her own boss:

“She’s nice,” Martha confided in me, as we discussed our work-life balance over coffee on my couch,”But working at 1:00 on a Sunday afternoon or 8 p.m. on a Wednesday is the norm for her. And so she expects it of me. The kids aren’t an acceptable excuse. I’d kill for a Dad boss, or even another Mom with kids who knows my pain, you know?”

Do you have a childless boss, and what types of hassles has she given you about trying to balance your motherly duties in the workplace?

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