News Roundup

News update - paternity leave is contagiousSome of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • The Atlantic reports on a new study that found that fathers who take paternity leave may influence other dads to do the same.
  • This Huff Post Parents post by Amy Morrison isn’t new, but there’s a good reason it’s gotten thousands of social media shares: It’s a great reality check if you’re feeling guilty about, say, not making your own baby food, or about not using cloth diapers, or about your daughter bringing store-bought Dora valentines to preschool instead of Pinterest-inspired homemade ones. The title? “Why You’re Never Failing As a Mother.”
  • The NYT features an essay by a mother who struggled with work/life balance after her baby was born (she held a corporate marketing job at the time) and watched her friends with kids each make different decisions about work and family.
  • Joanna Goddard of A Cup of Jo shares the story of an American family who has been living in London for several years and has learned the many differences between British parenting and parenting in the U.S.
  • A mother who wrote an essay for Huff Post Parents shares her shift in thinking about other people’s opinions of her parenting when they see her with her daughter, who has autism.
  • Things many moms are eternally grateful for: the Woombie, Sophie the Giraffe … and online shopping. Lollie Shopping shares a service called Return Saver, which — after you pay a yearly membership fee — gives you free return shipping (with a couple of conditions) for an unlimited (!) number of online purchases.

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kids outside - news updateSome of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • The Boston Globe reports that — with kids spending so much time indoors — pediatricians have been writing prescriptions for active time outside.
  • Kate Tuttle, writing for Dame Magazine, talks about being an “accidental housewife” and a feminist.
  • Renegade Mothering has a set of guidelines for drama-free mom relationships, including: “I understand that ‘on time’ means ‘not as late as I usually am.'”
  • USA Today shares some apps and websites that can help keep kids’ brains in learning mode this summer [warning: auto-play video above article].
  • Ever see a film and think something along the lines of, “[Actress] is way too young to be playing mom to [actress of similar age]”? Vulture has gathered several examples of the impossibly-young movie mom.
  • Nostalgia time! Remember Raffi? Of course you remember Raffi (even if you don’t want to). “Baby Beluga”? “Down By the Bay”? Raffi talks about his new children’s album in this interview with NPR (in which he barks like a dog and namechecks Tom Waits).

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best sun products - news updateSome of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • Shana of Ain’t No Mom Jeans shares her favorite sunscreens and self-tanning products — and talks about products she likes vs. products we’re told we’re supposed to buy because they’re “safer.”
  • Bizzie Living rounds up five apps helpful for moms on the go. (Which are YOUR favorites?)
  • Is a Katy Perry concert just as good a reason to be unavailable for work as giving birth? ATL Redline ponders a law firm memo that analogizes the two.
  • NBC News has some good news for moms who had their first/only child later in life — a Boston University study shows that older moms may live longer.
  • Even Kat learned some new Amazon-shopping tips from this Buzzfeed article, which shares some more commonly known facts and some that you may not be aware of.

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Weekly News Update for June 20, 2014

News update - Wake Me Up When I'm Skinny | CorporetteMomsSome of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • Two takes on the recent Pea in the Pod “Wake Me Up When I’m Skinny” t-shirt controversy: Jezebel calls it (and its price tag) outrageous, while Good Enough Mother doesn’t see what everyone’s so upset about. What’s YOUR take?
  • Working Moms Against Guilt rounds up six ways for working moms to fit in summer family fun.
  • Pondering becoming a SAHM? Forbes looks at how alimony reform is affecting how that decision might play out if you get divorced.
  • Whether you have a toddler or a teenager, the same looming dread is there: college (and particularly, how you and/or your kiddo will be paying for it). The WSJ looks at the “significant” way college will be changing in the next 15 years.
  • The NYT’s Motherlode blog ponders the implications and necessity of school dress codes, particularly for girls.
  • What if you have kids, or you’re pregnant (or both), but a close family member or friend is struggling with infertilityAlphaMom has some thoughts on the do’s and don’ts of maintaining the relationship.

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Weekly News Report for June 13, 2014

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

  • Working Moms Against Guilt rounds up some subscription boxes for kids — and for you.
  • Ain’t No Mom Jeans checks out ShopBuru, whose tagline should interest a lot of working moms: “Hand-Picked Ready-to-Wear for Breast-feeding Moms and Beyond.”
  • The Harvard Business Review discusses how a parent can become a “work-life athlete” through the principles of corporate athleticism.
  • NPR takes a look at how parents’ anxious parenting styles can add to their children’s own anxiety.
  • Joanna Goddard of A Cup of Jo asks her readers how many kids they want to, or wanted to, have (see the comments) and how things are turning out. How about you?
  • The WSJ tells us that working fathers’ struggles are starting to sound more and more like working moms’ struggles.  (Does anyone else feel like this is a “well, duh” moment?)
  • The New York Times’ Motherlode blog talks about the all-or-nothing approach to giving our kids our attention.
  • Parents gives you 14 ideas on what to do with all of those art projects your kid brings home.

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Weekly News Report for May 30, 2014

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

  • The Wall Street Journal’s Metropolis blog checks out a new study that looked at the salaries of fathers as compared to other groups — the resulting report is tellingly entitled “The ‘Mommy Tax’ and the ‘Daddy Bonus’.”
  • Ideastream talks to several congresswomen who are mothers who’ve balanced caring for new babies and fulfilling their legislative duties.
  • The Boston Globe talks about a growing trend of mothers re-entering the workforce through part-time consulting or special internship programs with companies who hope to retain them as employees. Prime quote: “So many women have left corporate America to raise a family that the female brain drain can no longer be ignored.”
  • The Chicago Tribune talks to one working mother — head of marketing for her family’s winery — who attended the National Restaurant Association trade show with her newborn baby and was asked to leave because the minimum age for attendees was 16. She had been wearing the sleeping baby in a wrap at the time.

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And speaking of newborn babies, here’s some Kat news: her son Harrison Grant Griffin finally arrived over Memorial Day weekend, surprising everyone when he came into the world weighing 10 lbs 1.2 oz. Welcome to the world, Harry! 

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