This article made me like Michelle Obama even more...

Michelle Obama recently shared a story about a tough situation she experienced as a young working mom. Right before an important job interview her baby sitter canceled. She had no choice but to pack up her 4 month old and take her to the job interview with her.

That would make me incredibly nervous. I'm always a bit shy about telling any potential employer or client that I'm a work at home mom. You never know how people will react. I've had some bad experiences in the past where my employer wanted to basically be the center of my universe. They didn't want to compete with a baby for my time. I couldn't give them all my time. Avery is my first priority, so I don't work for them anymore. Now I'm always worried that me being a mom will make new clients less willing to work with me. I find myself NOT talking about my daughter at interviews just so I don't make myself look bad... How sad is that?

THe whole thing worked out well for Michelle. She now says the last minute mix up was a blessing in disguise, "I thought, look, this is who I am,” she said. “I’ve got a husband who’s away. I’ve got two little babies. They are my priority. If you want me to do the job, you’ve got to pay me to do the job and you’ve got to give me flexibility.” Her employer still hired her AND was more willing to give her the flexibility she needed. Today she's using her pull in the white house to improve the lives of working parents everywhere.

I really liked this article. Knowing that someone as powerful and career driven as Michelle Obama makes her kids a priority over the opinions of her employer makes me feel like I can do the same.

What sort of crazy situation have your run into as a working mom?

http://www.parents.com/blogs/baby/2014/06/25/news…

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    06/27/14
    4Rina
    Flexibility works both way, though. As a working mom who is now also an employer, I expect my employees who are parents (whether mom and dad) to show flexibility and am more than willing to provide it. That means, if there is a huge deadline and we are behind, no you might not be able to leave at 4:30 pm like you usually do or you need to come in much earlier or somehow figure things out. As a mom, I totally relate to the desire to be with my children. As an employer, I can't pay somebody if they consistently leave their co-workers in the lurch. It's a give and take. This is the part of flexibility that people don't really talk about much. Also, as an aside, nobody should really be putting their job first, even if they don't have kids. It's important to have a life outside of work.
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      06/27/14
      8Theresa Gould
      You know, I don't agree with her husband's politics but I have admired Michelle. Any interview I've seen just leaves me impressed. I like that she's making an effort to help working parents because the majority of parents are working.

      When I was on a call team in 2008, I had just had my seventh child and I had to sometimes nurse him while making calls. Thankfully he was quiet as a mouse for the first few months but as time went on it got harder and harder. I finally gave up that position, though I was good at it, because I didn't want to be away from my infant son for 5 hours a day - and I was at home! There was a couple other reasons too but this was one of the big ones.
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      I'm the proud mama of my daughter Avery, born on June 6, 2013. I'm 26 years old, I work from home as a graphic designer, I will be testing for my 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2015. My husband, Derek, and I have been happily married for 3 years.