Topic: Work Life Balance

My Kids Try To Make Me Feel Guilty About My Job And Sometimes, It Works

My Kids Try To Make Me Feel Guilty About My Job And Sometimes, It Works

As much as I hate to admit it, sometimes, I let myself fall victim to the very creative and manipulative things my kids say to try to make me feel guilty for working. Most of the time, I am well able to roll my eyes and move on with life, knowing they are seven and five and just being kids. Sometimes, I feel like they are tiny sages speaking an absolute truth that I am too old, lazy or jaded to see on my own. It is a near-daily occurrence that my kids try to make me feel guilty about my job and I am trying to rise above it. More »

Judge Doesn’t Believe In Maternity Leave, Makes Lawyer Bring Her Infant To Court

Judge Doesn't Believe In Maternity Leave, Makes Lawyer Bring Her Infant To Court

In news guaranteed to make any sane person’s jaw drop, lawyer Stacy M. Ehrisman-Mickle was denied a continuance she requested for an immigration hearing she was scheduled to attend. The reason for the continuance? She was still on maternity leave. She asked for an additional three weeks and opposing counsel agreed but Justice J. Dan Pelletier, Sr. felt otherwise and turned down the request. More »

Facebook And Apple Will Now Pay For You To Freeze Your Eggs, Score One For Our Ovaries

Facebook And Apple Will Now Pay For You To Freeze Your Eggs, Score One For Our Ovaries

For women with demanding careers, deciding when to have children can be complicated. Like it or not, when women have children it nearly always means taking time (sometimes a significant amount of time) away from their careers. For young women who are devoted to their jobs, it can feel like they are making a choice between having children and having a career, instead of having children in addition to their career. But with some new health benefits, Facebook and Apple are buying their employees some time and getting a strong high-five from me. More »

Women In The Workforce Are Decreasing Because America Sucks At Taking Care Of Families

Women In The Workforce Are Decreasing Because America Sucks At Taking Care Of Families

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is reporting that the number of women in the workforce is the lowest it has been since 1988. This decline is for several reasons but the ones that struck me most involve the moms that end up leaving the workforce and staying at home with their children. Women in the workforce are decreasing for a number of reasons but the most obvious one I can think of is that this country is terrible to families with two working parents.
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Norwegian Working Moms Have Problems That American Working Moms Would Kill To Have

Norwegian Working Moms Have Problems That American Working Moms Would Kill To Have

The Scandinavian model of work/family balance isn’t perfect; both Norwegian parents are expected to hold a job outside the home. In Norway, staying at home with the kids apparently isn’t really on the table as a socially acceptable option. While Norwegian moms have a lot of options that just aren’t there for American parents, those options just might come served up with a little bit of mommy-shaming if they decide to stay home with their children. More »

10 Ways Working Moms Can Feel Closer To Their Kids

10 Ways Working Moms Can Feel Closer To Their Kids

When I went back to work, I was very concerned about how my relationship with my children would change. Having stayed at home with them for a few years, I knew them like the back of my hand and had become quite adept in all ways of caring for them. Thinking about how it would go as a working mom made me worry about whether the closeness we had would fade away over time as I let Momma Daycare take over. More »

Detoxing My Kids After Vacation In 8 Easy Steps

Detoxing My Kids After Vacation In 8 Easy Steps

My kids are currently zoned out on the TV while I write and I sit here twitching knowing the next week is going to be quite difficult because not only were we all off together last week, my husband was off the entire two weeks prior. That means that they have not had to be anywhere by 7:30am for three whole weeks and are now in several bad habits that must be broken quickly if I am to keep my working mom routine humming. More »