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
Are you the parent of a child with special needs? How has that affected your career — and your family? Editor Kate Antoniades weighs in… Being a parent of a child with special needs — whether that means congenital heart problems, or life-threatening food allergies, or autism spectrum disorder — often means “more.” More doctor’s appointments. … Read More about Working Parents and Kids with Special Needs
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on the best work clothes for pumping milk, but you may also want to check out our new page on tips for pumping at the office. This 2017 threadjack also includes a lot of great advice from working moms about which clothes they wore to pump at the … Read More about The Best Clothes for Pumping: A Poll
Ladies, let’s talk BUDGET. Mine has changed after having a kid (and definitely after my second) — how has yours? Do you miss the days of being a DINK? Are you going into debt for childcare (i.e., paying to work)? Is the money coming from savings? Credit cards? If you’ve made cuts for your budgeting, … Read More about The Parents’ Budget: How Your Budget Changes After Becoming a Parent
How insane are the waitlists for daycares in your area — and how many layers of backup plans did you have in case you didn’t get in on time? What was your best resource for finding a good daycare worth waiting for — friends, parents’ listserv, neighbors, mommy friends, etc? When did you really start … Read More about Daycares — and Waiting Lists
Here’s what may be a weird question: as a Type A, goal-oriented, overachieving chick, what was your thought process regarding your decision on breastfeeding vs. formula feeding your child? What was your emotional and intellectual response to the idea of it, and how did you reason through whichever decision you made? Among friends I’ve seen … Read More about Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding: As a Type A Woman What Did You Choose?
OK, guys, let’s do this: the registry series. What should new moms register for baby gear and more? Which are your favorite pieces of baby gear — and have they changed through the months and years with kids? We’re going to start with just two categories: the carseat and the stroller. (I was going to … Read More about The Best Carseats and Strollers
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?
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on where to pump when you’re away from work— links have also been updated below. Where can you pump if you’re away from work and home (and not just in a different office)? I’ve heard more than enough “fun” stories about pumping in public restrooms (at the … Read More about A Quiet and Well-Lit Space for Pumping (Or: Where to Pump When You’re Away From Work)
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to keep a clean house as a working mom, but you may also want to check out our latest discussion of when to hire a cleaning service for your home. What changes did you make to your cleaning routines after you had kids? Is a … Read More about Open Thread: Keeping a Clean House