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"This engaging book is a must-read for working women with caring responsibilities from children to dependent adults."  --Lucy McCarraher, Work-Life Balance expert, Author of The Book of Balanced Living & The Real Secret

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If having it all means having a challenging career AND a rewarding family life, then YES, you can have it all. But don't try to do it all! Trust me, that's a recipe for burnout and you're not giving those around you (especially the kids) a chance to shine. My career has benefited from having a family, and my family has benefited from me having a career. I want to share with you some of the secrets I've learned on how to create a balanced and harmonious life.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Bookshaker (November 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907498389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907498381
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,107,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a swift, easy, and engaging read for any woman who is currently managing a family and a career, and any woman who is considering doing so. As an industry "go-to" person for women solopreneurs and women who work from home who feel overwhelmed in the workplace and want to achieve greater work/life balance, I am always looking for sources of inspiration and practical advice that will help my niche with this problem. Step Aside Super Woman is one that I will definitely recommend.

While the book focuses on women who work outside the home, all the information within it can be applied to women working from home. Beginning with the shrewd observation that balance does not mean that "everything is always operating at equilibrium and the scales are perfectly in line at every moment," author Christine Brown-Quinn goes on to discuss how everyone benefits when a woman chooses career and family, how important it is to know yourself and your values to be able to successfully negotiate this life choice, and how it is crucial to develop and maintain the important relationships in your life (spouse, kids, business partners and team members . . .) to keep things balanced and moving forward. For my specific purposes, there is a chapter called "Organized Chaos" that highlights three major features of time management: planning, prioritization, and delegation.

Most importantly, readers will find this book useful because they will be able to see themselves in it. Brown-Quinn has done a masterful job of providing numerous personal anecdotes describing how she handles the various challenges that inevitably arise when women choose to work and have a family. We all learn best by example!
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Christine's book resonated with me on a number of levels. As a mum of twins who survived a good corporate career and having run my own business for ten years, Christine's tips and stories were a useful reminder of what a constant challenge it is to juggle everything. I particularly liked the chapter on values and her 3 'C's - commitment (which she clearly has in abundance!), communication and conflict management. I think the latter is a particularly underdeveloped skill in women.
Two comments - firstly,there is relatively little advice for the women climbing up the career ladder who can't afford the kind of childcare which enables them to work such long hours and who may not have quite such a supportive husband! Secondly, having lived in both the UK and North America I think there are cultural differences between most British and American women's self - belief and so her approach may need to be customised to the audience.
Congratulations Christine, this is an inspiring read for any woman who is doubting her entitlement to 'have it all'!
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I'm currently a non-traditional college student and also a mom. I have plans to attend graduate school and I always had this overwhelming sense of guilt because I don't feel I spend enough time with my daughter. In one of my Sociology classes, we discussed how women feel pulls in the opposite direction. The women who stay at home want to be working, and the ones who are working want to stay home. It's as if there's no middle ground. Christine's book shows that it's not impossible to juggle a family and career and I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to read it! (I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.)
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Wish I had read Christine's book a few years earlier. She hit home the idea that having a career and a family is a strength rather than a weakness, both personally as well as professionally. If this book can stop even one accomplished career women from leaving their field - and the temptation is always there- then Christine has added another accomplishment to her list. A great read for the good days - and even better one for the bad!
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For any Mother with a career who has felt that shiver of shock when others express sympathy at this 'predicament' this is a fabulous book. The author is matter of fact and inspirational - stating the many reasons why and how career and motherhood can work together brilliantly. For so many people who make this choice, through necessity or otherwise, this is truly refreshing. The author also reminds us that, as working Mothers, we are the ones who will make it work or not. If we believe that we can and channel our skills, and our teams at home and at work - it will. Although the author doesn't have a specific section on 'when things go wrong', she does show you how you can use your problem solving abilities to create the balance that is right for you and your family, through good times and bad.
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Practical and inspiring, "Step Aside Superwoman: Career and Family is for Any Woman" provides encouragement and inspiration for women anticipating or actively engaged in balancing the demands of family and career.

Written with personal perspective, wisdom, and insight, Christine outlines problem-solving skills and time saving strategies which can be implemented, using the "three C's," - commitment, communication and conflict resolution - as criteria for successful management in both arenas. Ultimately, the decision for family and career requires hard work, a sense of humor and knowing when to ask for help.

Backed by studies and historical overview, one appreciates how far women have advanced in the last 30 years.
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