It’s more than okay to say “F*ck goody bags.”

Sometimes, whether we are LeaderMoms or MomLeaders, the stuff that weighs us down is about trying to manage our “personal brand” as a good mom. One of the funniest and favorite moments of our last webinar was when Kelly Fredrickson shared that she finally gave up on goody bags—yes, her quote was something like, “Fuck goody bags.”

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Kaitlin Hershey
LeaderMoms, Modeling a Growth Mindset is Wise.

This week, we saw some famous people paying to get their kids into colleges. That made me sad, and a little sick, because it is terrible plan.   

I do get the appeal. We often think of success as a linear process, and there is a good bit of anxiety in play. If our kids can get XY or Z (into an ivy, a job, a car), our kids will be happy. But that belief is wildly misguided. 

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Kaitlin Hershey
If You Fear Ruining Your Career with Kids, or Kids with Your Career, Please Don’t. 

One senior leader with whom we work, is extremely highly regarded in her global company (top-ranked in her field via a talent review that spanned almost 20 colleagues in different divisions) and is about to have her second baby. Recently she shared that she worried that having another child “is going to ruin her family and her career.” This write-up is for her.  

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Kaitlin Hershey