2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to stay connected to the office on maternity leave— links have also been updated below. There was an interesting story over at Above the Law a few weeks ago, where a securities class-action lawyer in New Jersey was seeking unemployment benefits because she had quit … Read More about Maternity Leave — and Staying Connected to the Office
I am far from an expert on traveling for work — particularly while pumping. In fact, I’ve done it exactly twice: once with Jack (for a whirlwind trip to Seattle for a speaking engagement) and once with Harry (for a whirlwind trip to Chicago for an alumni conference). And: what a PITA. Both times, the … Read More about Pumping When You’re Traveling for Work
Having trouble finding time to network now that you’ve got kids? You’re not alone — click here for our best networking tips for busy working moms.
How many layers of backup childcare do you have? When your child is sick, who is the first responder (and, if it’s different, who is the person who stays home)? If you have to miss work, what excuse do you give your boss? I actually just found this post in draft, from May 2014. I … Read More about Sick Kids, Work Schedules, Childcare Arrangements, and Excuses
What do you do when your work and your child both need you — how do you find quality time with your kid as a working mom?
What would an ideal maternity leave look like? If you could design your own maternity leave, how would you do it? Reader E wonders: I am currently 6 months pregnant. Anyways, next week I am having a meeting with my supervisor/team to plan out my leave. I luckily work for a very flexible company and … Read More about An Ideal Maternity Leave
Here’s a fun question for the hive: What do you consider a “family-friendly” job? Have you changed your career or job to seek one? What questions did you ask while interviewing — and which ones do you wish you’d asked? Do different perks and accommodations matter as your child moves through childhood — you need one … Read More about “Family-Friendly” Jobs — What Are They, and What Questions to Ask to Find One
What are the pros and cons of different types of childcare arrangements? How do you decide on whether to hire a nanny, choose daycare, ask for help from family members, etc.? We’ve talked about taking business trips as a mom, but we haven’t had a conversation about this yet. How did you decide what was best for … Read More about Childcare Arrangements: Pros + Cons
How do you handle business trips as a mom? Is there anything you can do to prepare your kids for your business travel? How do you balance everything? Reader A wonders: I am a working, single mom and happen to be taking my first of quite a few “extended” business trips next week. My sister … Read More about Business Travel – As a Mom