My Mom Has Two Jobs


Children - Picture Book
62 Pages
Reviewed on 05/16/2019
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Author Biography

Michelle Travis is a law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law. She is an expert on employment discrimination law and serves as the Co-Director of USF’s Labor and Employment Law Program. Her research focuses on sex discrimination, gender stereotypes, work/family conflict, and disability discrimination in the workplace.

Michelle's debut children's picture book, "My Mom Has Two Jobs," was inspired by her desire to celebrate working moms, to encourage kids be proud of the work their moms do outside of the home, and to give parents a platform to talk with their kids about the many roles they play. She hopes the book will help kids understand how their moms bring the same love, passion, and dedication to both their parenting and their professional roles.

Michelle grew up in Colorado and now lives in the Bay Area with her husband, two daughters, and pet chinchilla. She is a former collegiate gymnast, a novice ballerina, and an avid non-fiction reader.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Moms can do all kinds of things. They can be doctors, nurses, dentists, engineers, pilots, secretaries, waitresses and so much more. But the best thing about moms is the special care they offer their children. They actually have two jobs: one outside of the home and one at home. It’s important to appreciate the many things that a mom can do. A doctor mom also cares for her injured child at home. A secretary mom helps her child find missing items and keep things at home in order.

Michelle Travis has written a delightful picture book story to help young readers appreciate all the things their moms can do. My Mom Has Two Jobs explores many of the possible occupations for a mom outside of the home and, for each outside job, the author compares it to the similar loving care moms provide to their children at home. For example, the mom who is a police officer: “When I take my friend’s favorite stuffed bear, she teaches me to be honest and to care.” Loving lessons to make young people grow up to be loving, caring, honest adults.

Not only does the author present the many jobs a mom can do, but she also points out to young readers, particularly girls, that they can be and do anything they want as a grownup. And still be a good mom. There are many important lessons to learn in this colorfully illustrated picture book. The author made an excellent selection of occupations, though not every possible occupation is listed. The comparisons will encourage young readers to make their own connections with their moms and what they do in the workplace and at home. An excellent and enjoyable educational book.