There are many books on the shelves that help explain life’s challenges to children. But surprisingly, there has never been a book that detailed the professional life of a working mother—especially for little ones. Chicago-area working mom Gulden Mesara-Dogan has just published Mommy Goes to the Office, to fill this obvious void in the marketplace.
As vice president at a local Fortune 100 company, Mesara-Dogan often fielded questions from her two young children about what she does at work all day long. After failing to find a book that would help illustrate the day-to-day life of a working mother, she decided to write her own. Explaining why she wrote the book, Mesara-Dogan says, “It’s important to me that my kids understand what I do when I’m at work—away from them. This book has lessened their fears and even opened the door for deeper conversations.”
Mesara-Dogan and her family
In many families, the mother is still the lead parent, and it can be unsettling for children to have their mother gone for much of the day if she has re-entered the workforce. Mommy Goes to the Office helps children understand that, even while she is at work, mom still loves them and misses them. Mesara-Dogan often reads the book to her own children (8 and 6 years old). "My children enjoy this book every time we read it together. It makes mommy's absence from them during the day less scary. I hope other moms, and their family dynamic, will benefit from this book.”
Mommy Goes to the Office is available on Amazon. Mesara-Dogan’s second book, Mommy Goes on a Business Trip, will be published in 2016.