How do you feel that the parenting roles of moms and dads are viewed differently? How has this come to bear in your own family? Do you ever feel like the bar for “dad of the year” is much lower than it is for “basically good mom”?
How to Share Parenting Duties
One of the keys to work-life balance as a working mom is sharing parenting duties with your co-parent(s) successfully. We've talked a LOT about the issue, including laying out the general areas to think about in this post on how to share parenting duties with your spouse. See all of our latest articles below!
These are my top four tips on how to find balance as a working mom — but I’d love to hear yours!
Ladies, let’s talk screen time. What screen time rules work for your family? If your child has several caregivers (e.g., au pair, grandma, and two parents), how do you “share” screen time among the caregivers?
I’ve seen a lot of conversations about this topic — on here, on Corporette, on Facebook, amongst friends, etc. — but I don’t think we’ve ever had an explicit post about working moms and laundry. So, ladies, let’s talk: How does your family do laundry? More accurately, WHO does the laundry in your house? Do … Read More about How Does Your Family Do Laundry?
Here’s a question for you: who does breakfast in your house? You? Your partner? Your caregiver? How much variety do your kids have for breakfast, and — with the huge abundance of high sugar / high calorie breakfasts for kids — how strict are you in what they’re allowed to have? Calories and sugar are … Read More about Breakfast and the Working Mom
What are your favorite organization tips as the school year gets underway? We’ve shared tips for preserving your kids’ artwork, as well as why I think a family email address is great for all working parents — but today I thought I’d explain an easy trick I’ve figured out for how to use your iPhone to … Read More about How to Use Your iPhone to Store School Paperwork
We often recommend that working moms delegate family tasks to other people (and we’ve talked about it in the context of the “do, delegate, or NOPE” game), so earlier this year I decided to buy 20 hours at TaskBullet (the minimum amount you’re required to buy) to see if it would be possible to delegate family … Read More about I Tried to Use Virtual Assistants to Delegate Family Tasks — Here’s What Happened
Here’s a fun topic for today, ladies: What are your best tips for dealing with sleep deprivation as a working mom? Do you nap at work? Do you have a system worked out with your partner for sharing this parenting duty (such as where one of you “falls on the sword” to deal with the … Read More about How to Deal with Sleep Deprivation as a Working Mom
Family email addresses: The idea conjures up memories of AOL and the year 1998. But, inspired by a conversation I had with a friend, I recently set up a shared family email address, and it’s been AMAZING — I think every working mom needs one. So let’s talk about WHY every working parent needs a … Read More about Why Working Parents Need a Family Email Address
Are you always the parent who makes sure the kids’ homework is done every night? Schedules/attends/follows up on all the kids’ doctor’s appointments? Referees the sibling rivalries? Buys holiday gifts for teachers? We’ve talked before about being the default parent, sharing parenting duties with your husband, as well as mommying your husband, but we thought we’d have a discussion focused … Read More about How to Share Emotional Labor as Parents (AKA, How to Get Your Partner To Care About the Little Stuff That Keeps You Up At Night)
A few months ago, I was really stressed. It was of those times where you’re vibrating from stress and you can’t fall asleep because of your stress, and then if/when you wake up in the middle of the night you pick up right where you left off worrying (perhaps with a few more anxiety loops thrown into the mix … Read More about Being the Default Parent — and Asking for Help
2019 update: We still stand by the advice below on how to share parenting duties with your spouse; you may also want to check out our more recent post on how to get your husband to care about the little things, as well as our “Do, Delegate or Nope” edition full of holiday delegating ideas. Are … Read More about How Do You Share Parenting Duties with Your Spouse?