News Roundup

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

  • BuzzFeed brought news of Abercrombie’s new line of gender-neutral kids’ clothing.
  • Racked revealed that both J.Crew and Madewell have extended their size ranges for denim.
  • Quartzy recommended micellar water for washing your face.
  • The Muse shared advice on how to get out of a career rut.
  • Harvard Business Review detailed how to determine whether burnout means you should quit your job.
  • Recode gave the results of their reader survey for women in the tech industry who returned to their jobs after maternity leave.
  • Romper reviewed some of the information out there about how having a working mom can affect kids later in life.
  • A mom wrote a piece for The Cut on her baby’s colic and offered a few remedies for parents to try.
  • The Washington Post reported on the criticism of school-fundraiser programs like General Mills’ Box Tops for Education as “junk-food marketing to kids.”
  • Laugh of the Week: Scary Mommy collected tweets about some bizarre Instant Pot cooking-for-two cookbook covers.

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Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    That article on colic rang so true to me. My baby didn’t outgrow her colic/tantrums until she turned 4 years old.

    • Colic Mama says:

      Yup. There was another dad (Mike Shields) that wrote about his son having colic and I remember reading his article over and over again. Colic is just tough in a way that no one without a colicky baby will ever understand. My first child is 4yo and even though we are both older and don’t have a lot of time, we are only now beginning to consider a second child. Colic is definitely the biggest factor to blame for that long gap. It was one of the hardest experiences of my life. Even now I can’t stand loud noises in the evening–they make me extremely anxious and jumpy.

      • Colic Mama says:

        For anyone reading this right now with a colicky baby, here is my advice. First, it will end. It. Will. End. Second, sleep train at 6 months or whenever you and your doctor decide is right in that first year. Go for the hardcore methods if you have to because colicky babies are often difficult to sleep train. But you must do it. Get that baby some sleep, and you too, it will make a big difference in everyone’s life. Third, do not let that awful first 4 month period define you as a parent. You might think that nothing you do as a parent matters because nothing works for you in the first few months like it does for other parents, but it doesn’t have to always be that way. Your baby will start to respond to things as the baby gets older and you can re-try gentle soothing techniques, set new schedules, go on evening outings, and try other things that would have been a no-go in the first few months. Don’t let the first few months and a fear of crying dictate how you respond to your baby as they grow older.

  2. Ugh, boxtops says:

    I so agree that the Box Tops program is problematic. My kid’s daycare is constantly pushing for boxtops. When I told the teacher that we just don’t buy many products that have boxtops, she looked at me like I had three heads. I am not up on a high horse here. There are plenty of snack foods in my house and my kids definitely do not have perfect eating habits. But sheesh, I had no idea that I was apparently depriving my children and their school because I either prefer to buy store-brand stuff or bypass the GM stuff altogether because we have other preferences.

    • I treat all these fundraiser type things as something to participate in if I happen to already do the thing. Like if it’s a “Eat dinner at X resturant and % will go back to our school” then cool, I was going to go out to eat this week anyway. Same for boxtops – we occasionally used Annie’s Mac & Cheese anyway, so I clip the top and keep it in a baggie for the next classroom competition. If I have only 2, that’s all I’m contributing, so sorry.

      I’m very jaded on fundraising lately. I already pay a fee or tuition, which is my contribution. If you need specific funds for scholarships or class trips or whatnot, I’ll just give you cash if it fits in my budget (and it almost always does, I’m a sucker for scholarship asks). But I do not have the kind of personality that wants to buy a $100 box of candy bars and then peddle it to my family and coworkers. I’ll just give you the profit outright.

      • Ugh, boxtops says:

        Word. That’s my philosophy, too. This year my kid’s daycare offered the option of giving a flat donation to the teacher appreciation and classroom supply funds, so we did that. I feel far less guilty for not doing all the random fundraisers throughout the year … and there are sooo many!

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