Finding Her Way at 40 (page 20)
Jennifer Love Hewitt figured she’d have two kids and a great husband by this big birthday. But she couldn’t have predicted how returning to work as a mom would go—or the surprising professional paths she’d pursue.

On how losing her mother and talking to her kids about the grandmother they’ll never meet spurred an idea—writing a children’s book:
“There are not a lot of books out there that in a childlike way teach children about deceased grandparents. I think that’s an important book because people are having children later in life,” so their parents are less likely to be around to meet the grandkids. Jennifer hopes that writing about her mom will get young readers to ask their parents, “Hey, do I have a Mimi?” and start that tricky conversation.

…on turning 40:
“A lot of my friends have already turned 40, and in watching them and my husband, there’s this settling in with who you are and being OK with it that’s lovely. I like this version of me because I have two amazing children and a great husband. I am exactly where I hoped I would be.”

…on being away from her young children for her new show 9-1-1:
“The first four episodes, there was a lot of trying to be present and then constantly checking for the world to be falling apart around me. A couple of days went long, so I wasn’t home to put them to bed. It was my first time not doing that, so [my] lip would quiver, and there were some tears.”

Luckily, sympathetic co-workers on set have eased the transition:
“I was doing a dramatic phone-call scene, crying, and my phone lit up. It was my daughter’s school, and she had gotten sick. It was just terrible. [Some of the crew with kids] came over and were like, ‘Hey, she’s OK. She’s in the [school] office. You’re almost done. Your husband’s on his way. She is not thinking, ‘Where is my mommy right now?’ It felt so nice that they saw that in me, and it helped me get through it.”

Next Steps (page 10)
How can you get the job you really want? Should you go back to school? How much should you admit about your past during a job interview? Chances are, you’ve asked yourself at least one of these questions recently. Working Mother paired top-level executives and a career coach with three moms in need of some guidance.

The Get-Real Guide to Your Health Checkups (page 52)
You’re great at bringing your kids to the doctor on time but less punctual about your own medical needs. From mammograms to cholesterol and blood-pressure screenings, here’s how long you can safely put off your regular doctor visits through your 40s, and when you really have to go.

PLUS: NAFE’s Top 70 Companies for Executive Women; Thrilling Theme-Park Packages; When Mom’s Career Takes Priority; Pro Tips on How to Leave Work on Time; and more!