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When I started this blog a few years ago I was a working mom. I worked part-time as an engineer and raised my son. Shortly after my daughter was born I decided to stay home with my kids for awhile. I’m starting to think about working again, so I know it’s in my future eventually.
When I do go back to work, I want my children to understand that I’m not choosing my career over them. I love them and I want to be around as much as before. Being both an engineer and a mom are things I worked hard to achieve, I enjoy, and that I can accomplish great things doing.
Sometimes I wonder if my kids will understand why I work as an engineer, or what I do as an engineer, or how hard the decision to work was. When I found out about Michelle Travis’s new children’s book called, My Mom has Two Jobs it sounded like a great book for working moms struggling with the same questions as me.
In the book she features moms with many different jobs, one of which is engineer. I love how she covers so many careers and emphasizes that moms can do anything. I asked Michelle to provide an intro to her book for us, and here is what she said:
I am a full-time working mom of two curious daughters. Each time I returned to work from maternity leave, I searched for children’s picture books that would help my kids understand what it means for me to be both a mom and have a career. I couldn’t believe how hard it was to find children’s books that celebrate working moms, so I decided to write one of my own. My Mom Has Two Jobs gives parents a platform to talk with their kids about their work in a positive way.
On each page, children proudly describe how their moms care for them, while also making the world better through their careers. The book highlights moms in a wide range of professions, but I am particularly excited that it showcases an engineer mom—who uses her engineering skills both to invent new things and to build a rocket ship for her child out of an old box). I hope that having an engineer mom in a children’s picture book will help more girls imagine themselves in a STEM career. I also hope that the book will help women share the power and inspiration of being working moms.
I love the positive message behind this book and it’s something I’d like to read to my children someday. Is this a book you’d be interested in getting for your kids?