Reboot Podcast Episode Extras #6 – Women’s Conversations: Family Time – Going Back to Work, Mom Guilt & Other Fertile Matters

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Extra 6 // January 17, 2020


Ali Schultz

Ali Schultz

Reboot Co-Founder, Coach & Facilitator

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Ann Mehl

Ann Mehl

Executive Coach

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Heather Jassy

Heather Jassy

Executive Coach

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Episode Description

For our first fresh conversation of 2020 we’re releasing the next installment in our Women’s Conversation series, a collaborative discussion sparked by our coaches who identity as women, on what women face in work and in life. In today’s episode, Reboot co-founder Ali Schultz is joined by fellow executive coaches Heather Jassy and Ann Mehl for a dialogue centered around motherhood and fertility, and working through it all. Together, Ali, Heather, and Ann (who are both mothers of two) address some of the singular challenges women face when it comes to family planning and share their own unique experiences as mothers in the workplace. We hope you’ll enjoy this conversation which serves to tackle some of the questions our clients work through such as, “Is motherhood right for me? When is the right time to start a family? How do I manage maternity leave and navigate the return to work?” and much more.

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Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“I didn’t know how I was going to feel like a completely different person a couple of months after I had a baby.” – Heather Jassy

“Having a community of other mothers is so helpful.” – Heather Jassy

“To feel seen by other people who can say, “I know how hard this is every day.” How wonderful it is and, also how hard it is. And to have a safe place, to be able to say that, it’s so validating.” – Ann Mehl

“It became really important to me to say to my managers, to say to people who work with me, “It’s really hard to be a mom with a kid. We really have to support people who have children because it’s really, really difficult.” – Heather Jassy

“Motherhood has allowed me to access reserves of strength and fortitude that I did not know that I had.” – Heather Jassy

“As a gender, we’re built in a certain way that there’s a window of time, and you’re dealt the hand, and you work with that hand as best as you can. Men, of course, don’t have those windows and they don’t have to force choose.” – Ann Mehl

“I did not realize until I went through that process, how much healing I had to skip by packing it up and getting right back to work.” – Heather Jassy

“How we talk about mothers, is how we talk about women.” – Heather Jassy

“The work of being a parent is not to just talk about the thing but to be the thing. If you want your children to learn how to experience joy, you, you, yourself have to show them what it looks like to experience joy.” – Heather Jassy

“Find an Other who can just share the experience or notes about what they’ve learned or maybe their own emotions. So you feel less alone.” – Ann Mehl

“I can think of a few things that I consider a worse feeling than having something be really difficult and have to pretend it’s not.” – Heather Jassy

“Even if you have a generous parental leave policy, but women are still in the caretaker role, they’re the only ones who will be stepping out to take care of their families. There’s still no equality there.” – Heather Jassy

“There is this assumption that we’re all wired to reproduce and if not, there’s something wrong. There are so many ways to build a world and be a caregiver. ” – Ann Mehl

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