Topic: Work Life Balance

Gift This: Perfect Gifts For The Work-At-Home Mom In Your Life

Gift This: Perfect Gifts For The Work-At-Home Mom In Your Life

I became a work-at-home mom only a few months ago and I have quickly come to realize that there are certain things that make my day a little easier. And maybe not even easier, but a little more attractive or fun. I love what I do and there are a number of benefits to my current arrangement but it can be a bit lonely and quiet being by myself all day. Having some tiny luxuries certainly helps to smooth over the few negative aspects of what I do. More »

Husbands Are The Natural Enemy Of Work-At-Home Moms

Husbands Are The Natural Enemy Of Work-At-Home Moms

When you think of a work-at-home mom, you probably envision a harried woman in yoga pants desperately trying to accomplish something while children buzz around her and something burns in the toaster. You might be right, although I am lucky my kids are in elementary school so unless they have a day off, I am afforded sweet, sweet silence. On the days they are home, I am usually able to occupy them long enough to get some work done. It is not ideal but we do what we have to do. The person I have not figured out how to occupy is my husband. More »

Students Sell Out Teacher on Facebook For Breastfeeding In Class, And Our Country’s Terrible Childcare Sytem Claims Another Victim

Students Sell Out Teacher on Facebook For Breastfeeding In Class, And Our Countryâs Terrible Childcare Sytem Claims Another Victim

A teacher at a small Arkansas High school is under attack for bringing her newborn baby to school and breastfeeding during class. One of her students took a picture of the woman breastfeeding and posted it to Facebook, which is how we deal with issues in life these days. Now the story has gained national attention and one more working mom just trying to do her best is being shamed by the country. God bless America. More »

My Children Might Actually Be Eating Me Out Of House And Home

My Children Might Actually Be Eating Me Out Of House And Home

When my husband and I first got married, we could easily finish out the week on $125 worth of groceries and eating take-out or going out to eat maybe twice. This would even include us both bringing lunch to work most days. It was very manageable. Since our daughter started solid foods, the bill began to steadily climb. At first, it was barely noticeable- $150 or so, mostly due to fresh fruit that she liked, her yogurt and jars of baby food. Once she started eating what we ate, it went up a little more. Then, our son was born and the climb continued. More »

If Schools Are Going To Have Neck Tattoo Policies For Teachers, They Should Follow Them

If Schools Are Going To Have Neck Tattoo Policies For Teachers, They Should Follow Them

Tattoos can be a controversial topic. Some people see them as art and a way to express yourself or commemorate something. Others see them as a youthful mistake or bad judgment call. Still others see them as a reason to not give a person a job they are otherwise fully qualified for and I happen to think that is ridiculous. As long as the applicant is willing to cover their tattoos (if that is what a place of business requires) they should have just as much of a chance as their non-tattooed peers. That is not the case in an instance of clear discrimination involving a trainee teacher at a Catholic school. More »

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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