Weekly News Update

Rewarding Kids to Eat Healthy? | CorporetteMomsSome of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • Raise Healthy Eaters takes a look at rewarding kids for healthy eating habits — good idea or bad idea? How do you get your kids to eat vegetables and other not-always-popular foods?
  • Lifehacker explains several things moms-to-be should know about breastfeeding.
  • Homemaker, housewife, stay-at-home mom? Slate’s DoubleX blog wonders what we should call mothers who don’t work outside the home.
  • The New York Times’ Motherlode blog delves into the issue of putting your babysitter/nanny on the books.
  • Working Moms Against Guilt discusses what the term “work-life balance” really means.
  • Alpha Mom answers a reader’s question about a potential in-law babysitting arrangement. If you’re pregnant, are you including family members in your childcare plan?

Make sure to check out this week’s news update over at Corporette!

On Corporette Recently…

  • On the hunt for a great sheath dress? We’ve rounded up some prime picks.
  • We talked about ways to dress professionally in hot weather.
  • Readers compared notes on handling finances in their relationships.
  • We also had a lively discussion about dealing with an offensive comment from a client.

Pictured: Healthy homemade school lunches, originally uploaded to Flickr by Jennifer Chait

Open Thread, News Update, and First Maternity Recs!

Something on your mind? Chat about it here. Find these features below:

– Maternity reccs for this week (Apr. 25, 2014)
– Working mama news roundup
– In case you missed it on Corporette…

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Above, some of our first weekly recommendations for maternity style!  As explained in our eBook, A Guide to Dressing Professionally While Pregnant, statement necklaces and comfortable, supportive shoes are a must.  Get the book for free by signing up for our newsletter!

Recent News

Working Mom Responds to Gwyneth Paltrow

Some of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • The NY Post prints one working mother’s response to Gwyneth Paltrow’s recent comments about how easy it is to have an office job and be a working parent.
  • Working Mother looks at the real cost of child care (and the career costs of staying home).
  • Hellobee looks at pumping essentials for WOHMs.
  • Jennifer Senior, author of All Joy and No Fun, recently gave an 18-minute speech for TED about how for parents, happiness is a very high bar.
  • Should you delay clamping the umbilical cord? The NYT reports on a new study. They also report on an alarming surge in prescribing opioid painkillers for pregnant women.
  • Business Insider tells you nine things you probably didn’t know about 529 plans.
  • On the very casual side of things, Ain’t No Mom Jeans suggests three spring transition outfits for nursing/postpartum mamas.

On Corporette Recently…

Kat’s Birth Story

kats birth story (2)Executive Summary: It all turned out fine! I got a healthy baby out of it, and for the most part recovered entirely within a few weeks after birth.

What I Learned the Hard Way:

  • Take a LOT OF NAPS if you’re more than a week overdue — you never know when you’re going to go into labor, and you need your energy.
  • Talk to your doctor about what to expect during labor and delivery, but also during the postpartum experience at the hospital — and what to expect during “off” hours like the middle of the night or a weekend.  (I had assumed, perhaps foolishly, that hey, it was a hospital–there were no off hours!) If you might be giving birth during a holiday weekend, or another big vacation weekend, talk with your doctor about how that might be different too.  (Jack was not born during a holiday weekend, but I wonder if it was a big vacation weekend, perhaps because of grade school start dates.)
  • Talk to your husband or significant other about being your advocate (and your child’s advocate). You WILL NOT BE YOURSELF during your labor.  Even if you’re conscious and listening, you need to trust that he will take the action, ask the question, make the call — even if you don’t. [Read more…]