Topic: Work Life Balance

Please Stop Abusing Our Friendship To Sell Your Momtrepreneur Crap

Please Stop Abusing Our Friendship To Sell Your Momtrepreneur Crap

If you haven’t seen a Thirty-One party advertised on your Facebook newsfeed, then you probably don’t have a pulse. It must be the age group that I’m in of twentysomethings turned thirtysomethings with small children, but it seems like almost every week a friend is posting about an upcoming Pampered Chef party or another “amazing business opportunity” everyone just has to be a part of. More »

If We Decide To Have Any More Kids, We Are Moving To California For Their Paid Parental Leave Policy

If We Decide To Have Any More Kids, We Are Moving To California For Their Paid Parental Leave Policy

Unpaid leave might protect some people from automatically losing their job, but it’s a relatively meaningless gift granted by the U.S. Family and Medical Leave Act. Aside from the obvious reasons why paid leave is better (bills? hello?), to incentivize men to take their leave and get more involved at home, the leave has to be worth something we can all measure — $$$$. This is where California gets it really right — just like Sweden before and Quebec after — and the early results are positive. More »

My Kid Was Treated Like A Rockstar At My Office And Now He Wants To Skip Preschool And Go Directly To Work

My Kid Was Treated Like A Rockstar At My Office And Now He Wants To Skip Preschool And Go Directly To Work

The day my son’s school called and said he was having an allergic reaction, I was in a bit of a predicament. I had to leave work quickly and get some Benedryl in him, but I couldn’t stay home. As relieved as I was that he was fine, they wouldn’t take him back at school and I had a deadline at work. I had no choice but to bring him back to my office. It was the worst mistake I could have ever made. More »

Research Shows Moms Of All Income Ranges Suffer From Superwoman Syndrome And Everyone Loses For It

Research Shows Moms Of All Income Ranges Suffer From Superwoman Syndrome And Everyone Loses For It

Perry-Jenkins spent 10 years following hundreds of working-class and poor mothers in New England. When Perry-Jenkins sat down with these women, offering them a safe and secure place to go to town on all the things about their bosses, their jobs or the state they live in, these women didn’t utter a word in that direction. Instead, they took it all on themselves. “Their first response was to suggest things that they could do to make things better, like sleep less or be more organized,” Perry-Jenkins remarked. More »

Mr. Mom Might Be A Lean-In Woman’s Dream, But He Isn’t The Answer For Better Working Family Attitudes

Mr. Mom Might Be A Lean-In Woman's Dream, But He Isn't The Answer For Better Working Family Attitudes

When I saw the NY Times story Wall Street Mothers, Stay-Home Fathers, I devoured the entire piece with hungry eyes.  I’m not sure what I expected to take away from the piece — something between pride for these women making it work, support for these men who reject traditional gender roles, and curiosity about the way things work for them.  But by the end, I was left with one overarching feeling: sadness. More »

Polyamorous Mom: Sex Is Easy, Money Is Hard

Polyamorous Mom: Sex Is Easy, Money Is Hard

I want to suggest we try a new steak restaurant, but in my mind I’m seeing that as asking him for something expensive when really I just want to do something new with him. Financial conversations are strained and a little awkward when we discuss what we can afford. Are we staying at the Ritz or the Super 8? It’s not really up to me, because it’s not my money. More »

This Live Tweet Of A Break-Up Is The Most Entertaining Thing You’ll Read All Week

This Live Tweet Of A Break-Up Is The Most Entertaining Thing You'll Read All Week

Isn’t it the worst when people have ultra-personal conversations in places that abound with strangers? Actually, the worst is when they do it – then act like you’re nosy for listening. And by “you” I mean “me.” I’m only human. If you live in a big city, you’re almost certainly used to having no boundaries when it comes to the intimate conversations of strangers.
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