13. That idea of the “perfect” work persona.
While setting boundaries might seem scary, you’ll find that your coworkers will come to respect them—whether it’s no meetings after 5, or no emails on weekends. Consistency is key. And if you’re hourly, let it be known (politely) that your hours are firm, and no you can’t cover for your slacker co-worker who’s MIA again. Standing your ground, while otherwise crushing it at your job, is one way to reshape the workplace for working moms.