While work-life balance is something everyone struggles with (single, married, male, female, young, old), the conversation has certainly been dominated by moms in recent years. But when other groups start to share their thoughts about how they manage their own work-life balance, they have some refreshing perspectives. For example, I’ve seen two instances lately of men … Read More about How to Gamify and Measure Work-Life Balance
Over at Corporette, we followed up on our recent roundup of suiting brands for women with a “Part 2” post of suiting in specialty sizes — including maternity suits. As we all know, maternity workwear can feel really limited, but stylish maternity suits are particularly lacking. The options we noted: Eva Alexander Maternal America (this blazer in particular … Read More about The Hunt for Stylish Maternity Suits — and What to Wear Instead
What are some of your best tips for adjusting upon returning to work after maternity leave? What do you wish you’d known, or what did you come to realize? For my own $.02: Among my friends, the end of maternity leave has loomed large in all of our lives — but on a kind of sliding scale. … Read More about Open Thread: Work After Maternity Leave
2018 Update: We still stand by this discussion on working moms, playdates, and introverts — but you may also want to check out some of our other discussions on mom friends. As proud mama to a 4.5-year-old, I’m just going to come out and say it: I’m in playdate hell. To be clear: I like … Read More about Working Moms — and Playdates
A few months ago, a friend and I were talking about how her huge company has a pretty strict face time requirement at the office. As a parent she felt it really limited her upward mobility at the company, and she felt somewhat like she didn’t have a voice in the matter. So we began pondering: how … Read More about Starting a Working Parents’ Group at the Office
Do your kids go to school break camps during winter and spring school vacations? With day care, you usually don’t have to worry — just send them to your regular provider. But parents of school-age kids need to find an alternative child care situation. Good sources for information about school break camps include local parent magazines and websites, and … Read More about School Break Camps: Open Thread
As a working mother, do you think a lot about how you frame the idea of “work” with your kids? Did you need to have a special “mommy needs to work” discussion? Do you find that it’s important to you to frame it differently than, perhaps, your partner does? Do you do it as a reaction to mom … Read More about Framing The Idea of “Work” With Your Kids (Or, the “Mommy Needs to Work” Discussion)
2017 Update: We still think this is an interesting discussion about mamas, holidays, and stress. Since it’s that time of year, you may also want to check out our posts on holiday business etiquette. So: anyone else feel like your head is about to explode? Between buying gifts for everyone, including in-laws, cleaning Casa Griffin for … Read More about Mamas, Holidays, and Stress
Which are the best nursing clothes to wear to work? If you’ve got a daycare at your office, or a daycare near your office, you don’t need to fuss with a breast pump — but finding nursing clothes to wear to work can be tricky. Can you look professional in comfortable, accessible, washable clothes? Reader … Read More about Nursing Clothes to Wear to Work
Here’s a topic we haven’t discussed directly: mom guilt. What is your biggest source of guilt (if you can put your finger on one thing); and for those of you who’ve gotten past it, what was your best trick? For my $.02, I’m actually not that guilty about working — I like what I do … Read More about Mom Guilt — as a Working Mother
2018 Update: We still think this is a great discussion of career changes after baby — but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion of The Mommy Effect study and whether women have an unrealistic view of working motherhood. Ladies, have you made career changes after having your baby? If so, … Read More about Job and Career Changes After Baby: Did You Make Changes? How?
How do you find time to spend with your kids? Does “15 minutes a day” sound realistic, sad, or like great quality time?