News Roundup

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

  • New York magazine’s The Cut shares a list of eye creams that work.
  • College professor Sarah Summers writes for Working Mother, “I Wear My LuLaRoe Leggings to Work, and I’m Not Sorry.”
  • In its “25 Famous Women on…” series, New York magazine’s The Cut shares thoughts from 25 women about style as identity.
  • Working Mother looks at the parenting practices of 10 U.S. presidents’ mothers.
  • STAT News reports on  the dangers of Hyland’s teething products: “Babies had repeated seizures. Babies became delirious. Babies were airlifted to the hospital, where emergency room staff tried to figure out what had caused their legs and arms to start twitching.”
  • The New York Times’ Well Family looks at teen depression.
  • A doctor (who’s a mom) writes for Slate about which parenting advice is based on real science.
  • Parents has a piece about dealing with rude tween behavior.
  • For your Laugh of the Week: McSweeney’s gives you “Great Parenting Blogs Through the Ages.”

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  1. Soo … I’m not on Facebook and have never been approached by anyone related to an MLM scheme, so I’m admittedly a little puzzled by the furor that ensues whenever people talk about various MLMs on the main site … but those LuLaRoe leggings are actually a thing that people BUY? On PURPOSE? Man, those things are fug. I am just today seeing what a LuLaRoe product looks like and I can’t help but assume it all started as some sort of practical joke. Yikes. How is anyone making money off of selling those?

    • I haven’t seen them, but I did read the Leggings to Work article. Um no. Not appropriate for work unless you are wearing not crazy ones under a work appropriate dress. I’m trying to decide if I would have judged a professor for wearing crazy leggings? I think the answer is yes. Also, it shows you don’t respect your students. I can’t stand when I meet a girlfriend for lunch and I’m dressed casually but with a little effort (jeans and cute top + jewelry and makeup) and she is wearing athleisure.

      • anonymous says:

        Why does what your friend wears say anything about her feelings about you? If she’s anything like most people, she chooses to wear what she does based on her tastes and likes, especially for something casual like a lunch with a friend. It really has nothing to do with you.

        Lunch with a mentor? Interview lunch? Different story. But lunch with a friend, at what is presumably a casual place? Get over yourself.

        • ElisaR says:

          a little harsh anonymous says. H says, I totally see what you’re saying – you put in an effort because you value the lunch with your friend. It can feel like a slight that she did not do the same.

          • anonymous says:

            I think actually having the lunch with my friend (meaning that she showed up/scheduled it/agreed to the invitation) and the quality of the conversation we have would say a lot more about the value of the lunch rather than the superficial nature of what my friend is wearing.

      • Anonymous says:

        I just can’t with the people who think “athleisure” is appropriate for anything other then actually doing activity/athletics or maybe a few errands like grocery shopping.

    • Anon in NOVA says:

      OK so, I admit, I bought a pair off a friend and they are CRAZY SOFT.

      BUT they are only worn in my home. It’s something that makes my booty look nice and feels slightly less fumpy than PJ pants if I’m cleaning etc. on a saturday morning. I’ve seen some of the younger staff at my son’s daycare wear them, and that seems fine. I’m not too offended. Outside of that, they are not a thing that should be worn to work. ever. by basically anyone. I keep getting added to the groups on facebook and it’s horrible. And to sell more of the products, they keep trying to put “outfits” together that are even worse than just one of the items individually.

    • Tetra says:

      Just want to be a voice of dissent and say I like them. I would wear soft, colorful leggings on a weekend (not to a nice restaurant, but out and about, sure). Of course, I would never wear them to work unless they were solid black or gray, under an appropriate dress, on a Friday, if it was cold (that’s a lot of qualifiers). I also indulge in athleisure. Oh well!

      • EBMom says:

        I’m with you. I have a crazy colorful pair that I put on under a sedate navy dress with a chunky colorful necklace and it is currently my favorite weekend outfit.

    • Katarina says:

      I will be another the voice of dissent. When I was studying engineering I had many very poorly dressed (male) professors. Like the professor who wore the same pants every day (you could tell they were the same pair by the holes). Shorts and a ratty tee shirt were also very common. Among scientists and engineers, I have found that dressing poorly is often seen as a badge of honor. I see that she works at an engineering school, and I would doubt that crazy leggings are the worst thing worn by a professor there. I think at a law school or business school, crazy leggings would seriously stick out.

      I also sympathize with her pants issues, as I have had a really hard time finding pants that fit after having my second child. I mostly wore skirts (mostly with a stretchy waist) after returning to work.

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