Tips on handling guilt and other issues plaguing working moms

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Tips on handling guilt and other issues plaguing working moms

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I don't think there's a secret to success of really managing that work-life balance, that struggle. I think a lot of working moms feel guilty that they're not at home, and I think working moms who are at home feel guilty that they're not at work. So, it's kind of a vicious cycle. I think communication is key with the children. They know Mom works. That's real life. Mommy has to work. I try to help prepare them. I try to call, let's say, for a family meeting when I have a deadline or a project coming up that I know I'm going to be very busy for a period of time, so that they can know what to expect. I try to get really organized. I try to plan a lot of things for them during those times, to sort of just buff it out a little bit for them. I also know, for example, on a day like today, I've got a long work day, and I've got a commitment at night. I'll maybe cuddle a little bit longer with them on the night before. You know, maybe I'll have a little bit more of a sentimental connection with them in the morning over breakfast when I know I'm going to be gone for a whole day. But I try to prepare them. I try to tell them exactly what I'm doing, so that they know what to expect. I also, as a working mom with a very busy professional life, I try not to schedule too much in my social life, and that's just a personal choice that I have. If I have a long work day, I want to try to be home for family dinner. I want to try to put my kids to bed at night if I've missed part of the school responsibilities during the day. So, that's something that I've just personally made a commitment to my family. If I'm busy during the day, I try to be home at night or vice versa. Just to try to buff it all out, to try to make it all a little bit easier, and I think having those open conversations with your children so that they can get prepared and know exactly what you're doing, I think that makes a big difference.

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Brooke Burke-Charvet

TV Host & CEO of ModernMom.com

Whether she's in sweats or sequins, Brooke Burke-Charvet strives to dance through the chaos of life as a TV star, entrepreneur, fitness expert and carpool mom with grace and a LOL sense of humor. In addition to co-hosting 8 seasons of ABC's megahit, "Dancing with the Stars," Brooke won the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy as Season 7's champion. In 2014 Brooke became a Fitness Fashion Designer, launching her active line CAELUM LifeStyle. She is the the CEO of ModernMom.com and recognized by Forbes as 1 of the top Mom Bloggers to follow. She became a Fitness teacher and created the Booty Burn Program after launching 4 fitness DVD titles with Sony. Recognized world wide for her healthy life style, she has graced the cover of countless magazines. Brooke is committed to sharing her relatable journey with her 5 mil plus social media followers. As Author of The Naked Mom, and CEO of ModernMom.com Brooke has become a trusted and relatable voice to moms everywhere. She is an active philanthropist and passionate about being the Smile Ambassador for Operation Smile.  Married to her soulmate, David Charvet, BB puts family first and never loses sight of the woman behind the scenes.

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