Does your partner consistently work late and rarely see your kids on weekdays? How do you deal with it? Readers had a great conversation about this recently, so we thought we’d pull it out for a larger discussion..
Emily Oster recently wrote an article in The Atlantic that too many parents are “secret parents,” encouraging “the polite fiction that after the first several months of leave, the child disappears into a void from which he or she emerges for viewing and discussing only during nonworking hours.” Are you guilty of this? Who should “parent loudly” — and what should they do?
What is your best advice for new working moms about maternity leave, returning to work, and balancing everything?
These are my top four tips on how to find balance as a working mom — but I’d love to hear yours!
Where is the line on doing personal tasks during work hours — and does the line change during the holiday season, whether intentionally or unintentionally?
Self-care has become a big buzzword in the last couple of years, but since we haven’t devoted a post to it, today we thought we’d talk about self-care ideas for working moms. The internet often defines self-care for moms as a giant glass of wine — but let’s go beyond that. You’ve probably heard the advice “put on … Read More about Self-Care Ideas for Working Moms
Something that seems common to a lot of working parents is that face time with coworkers may be more limited, either because you’ve got stricter hours (and miss the happy hour drinks) or you’ve negotiated reduced work hours or another flexible working arrangement. When this happens you’ve got to make the most of the face … Read More about How To Make The Most Of Face Time At The Office
So here’s a question that may sound odd: How do you define yourself after having kids? Are you a mother first, or a wife, or a lawyer [insert your job here], or a woman? Where does wife/daughter/friend play into the mix? What is your hierarchy of self? Do you have a strict one that you … Read More about How Do You Define Yourself After Having Kids? Hierarchy of Self and Other Fun Thoughts
Here’s something we haven’t discussed: snow days… and working parents. In the midst of this week’s “bombcyclone” winter storm (hmm, how does that compare to “Snowmageddon” or “Snowpocalypse“?), we thought we’d share some tips on how to deal with a snow day as a working parent. All along the East Coast today, flights are being … Read More about Snow Days… and Working Parents
Here’s a suggestion for a topic we got from folks who took the survey a while back: how can working moms “manage up” with regard to family commitments? Along similar lines, “how to explain your new life choices to an employer who is used to you working long hours”? I can’t wait to hear what … Read More about How to Manage Up With Regard to Family Commitments
2018 Update: We still love all the advice on work-life balance in this post — but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion on The Mommy Effect study and whether working moms underestimated the trials and tribulations of working motherhood. Over at Corporette, we recently rounded up some of the top … Read More about Advice on Work-Life Balance — To Your Pre-Mom Self
If you’re a busy working mom, good childcare is a must — but what happens when a nanny doesn’t even begin to cut it? How can you level up your childcare and household management? (Warning: this post is not terribly budget-friendly.) I’ve wanted to talk about this ever since I read this post from Penelope Trunk (written in … Read More about How to Level Up Your Childcare/Personal Help (When Money is No Object)