Moms in Advertising

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Is it normal that my only way to relax is to get work done over the weekend to not feel overwhelmed/behind during the week? The 9-5 mom schedule is killing me.

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My agency has officially switched to remote working. We can use the office as needed if we want, for a place to work or meet, will monitor the offices use for the next several months to see if we even… more

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After having a pandemic baby, grinding non stop for the last year and dealing with massive understaffing cause everyone is finding new jobs - i’m done. Anyone have success talking a leave of absence a… more

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I have an interview tomorrow for an ACD position I really want, however, I want to ask good questions to get an idea what the work/life balance is. I know people at the agency, some with kids, and the… more

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Today was an endless loop of cleaning. I’m over it. My husband is a mess. It’s so exhausting. I have a cleaning person come once every two weeks. Thinking of asking her to come once a week. Feels like… more

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Anyone else tire of the “plant mom” and “dog dad” me too conversation? It seems to be more frequent. For example, company says, “Parents, please share pictures of working from home with your kids duri… more

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Now that my 2 year old is back at daycare and things are opening up, he is sick ALL THE TIME. I just accepted a new job and planning to have some time off in between to chill and of course, he is sick… more

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I’m starting the process to find a nanny while my spouse and I wfh. I am feeling overwhelmed and like it might be way too expensive. I cannot do daycare because I am just too worried about it. I’m in … more

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Can anyone tell me positive stories of therapy through Better Help? That’s what my company’s EAP offers. I want to start but it’s daunting.

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Has anyone heard of part time agency positions? I recently returned from maternity leave with my second child and I’m really struggling with spending so much time away from them. I really love my job … more

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So what’s the truth behind time management as a new mom? Cont

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F*ck my kid got into a really good but expensive ass independent school in Manhattan. We’re on financial aid for a portion but now I’m feeling insecure and panicking that we made the wrong decision. T… more

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Is it common for grandparents to fly in for the 1st day of school? My son is starting school in the Fall and my mom is hell bent on flying in and being there. Part of me wants to have this moment with… more

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Just an appreciation post to the single parents out there. ❤️❤️

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Does anyone’s spouse suffer from anxiety that has escalated during the pandemic? How do you cope? Especially when you also have a toddler. Every day feels like a roller coaster and I fear it’s impacti… more

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I just started a new job and am 10 weeks along in my pregnancy. I interviewed and accepted the offer prior to knowing I was pregnant. When should I break the news to my boss and team? I’m currently wo… more

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Do you ever get tired of being good? A good mom, a good wife/partner, a good worker, a good leader, a good daughter/sister/friend, a good homeowner/renter, a good mediator and meditator, a good consum… more

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When weighing a new job, how do you ensure the flexibility you need is there? I have young children and while my career is important, my kids always come first. So being able to do school pick up when… more

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My 8 month old is starting to wake up earlier than before. He used to wake up between 7:30 and 8:30 and now he wakes up at 6! Has that happened to you and is there a way to course correct?

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How much do you flaunt or hide your momness in your portfolio about me section?

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I keep on interviewing for new roles and keep on getting passed up. Am told my experience is great, but there are more qualified candidates. I have asked for feedback and understand everyone is busy, … more

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I started a new job in February and just found out I’m pregnant. If the calculations are correct, I’ll be at 40 weeks a a few days before I reach my first anniversary, which would mean I’m not eligib… more

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I’ve been feeling incredibly frustrated at the lack of follow through and systemic change that our industry promises over and over. Remember the black squares? Remember the Commit to Change initiative… more

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Hurtful when a “friend” of 10 years cuts you off after you get pregnant... she kept bailing/inviting out and canceling on me through out my pregnancy, last week was my virtual baby shower that my sist… more

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Why don’t all public elementary schools go until 6? Even if 3-6pm is just kids hanging out and playing with aides watching them. Would solve so many issues. My town has an after care program- why it’s… more

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Is it normal not to get a raise because I’m on maternity leave? I’m being told I don’t get one because I haven’t been working…but they also delayed my raise last year when I was working because of pan… more

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Are you as good at your job now that you are a mom as you were pre-kid?

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I feel like I’m always in a fog. I’ve been doing my job for many years and it seems like every time I start something now it’s like, wait, what am I doing again? I have a toddler who doesn’t sleep wel… more

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Offered a (long overdue) title upgrade...without a raise. Has anyone been in this situation recently? Tips for negotiation? I’ve searched a bit on fishbowl but not digging anything up...

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About to have second kid and just feeling defeated about this industry. I do not plan on returning to my current job and not sure what to do after. Anyone just never com back or do something different… more

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My 17 year old French nephew is looking for an American family in NY to be immersed in English for maybe a month or two. What is this called? What can I Google? “Short term foster parenting”? Sounds w… more

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Ok sleep-deprived mom here who is desperately ready to leave her toxic agency. I’m trying to get my resume together...joy...and wanted to ask the account and/or strategy folks what resume format seems… more

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Are daycares tax deductible?

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for my birthday, husband just gifted me a solo kid-free 3 night stay. I want to stay in Chicago downtown. Where should I stay and what should I do? Feel like I am losing my mind.

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Has anyone ran a marathon when you were around 6 months pregnant? Just found out I’m expecting (YAY!) but I’m also signed up for the Chicago Marathon in August and wondering if any other moms have don… more

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Started trying for a baby 1 month ago and just took 2 pregnancy tests this morning and they were positive!! Cant believe it happened so fast, but als excited and don’t want to do any work today. When … more

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Curious to know if your workplace sent any kind of celebratory mother’s day email?

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Does anyone else get really melancholy during pms? I’m just so sad and I can’t shake it...full well knowing it’ll pass in a few days when I get my period.

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Moms who had a baby in the NICU- what kind of gifts were most helpful or meaningful? My art partners first baby came many weeks early over Mother’s Day. Outlook is fairly good, thankfully, but they wo… more

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