Topic: working parent

‘I Missed Important Life Events Because I Was Working’: 6 True Stories

âI Missed Important Life Events Because I Was Workingâ: 6 True Stories

According to a new British study, parents say their number one regret in their child’s first few years is spending too much time at work. More than half of parents also said they regret not having more quality time with their children when they were younger. A sizable chunk – 63% – wished they had done more activities with their child, such as teaching them to swim or to play a sport. The study also found that 46% of parents have regrets because they have realized they will never get those early years back, while 18% worry their child’s life might have been negatively affected by something they did or didn’t do. More »

For The First Time, Almost Half Of New York Women Earn More Than Their Husbands

For The First Time, Almost Half Of New York Women Earn More Than Their Husbands

Yah New York women! According to new data, for the first time in history, nearly 42% of New York mothers are the primary source of household income for their families, according to the report. In New York City, that means more than 530,000 households depend on the mother’s earnings.

New York women aren’t the only one bringing home the money. This is the subject of Liza Mundy’s new book The Richer Sex. Almost 40% of women outlearn their husbands right now and this number is continuing to rise. In Britain, one in five women makes more in male-female households. By the time the end of the 1960′s rolled around, only 4% of women between 16 and 60 made more than their partner. Latest figures put that amount at 19%, or about 2.7 million women. More »

Flex Time Is Great, But A Flex Husband Is Even Better

Flex Time Is Great, But A Flex Husband Is Even Better

What does it take to reach the upper echelons of success in the business world? Ambition, intelligence — and a stay-at-home husband. At a panel discussion yesterday, three top female bankers agreed that women who get to the top “often have husbands who have cut back their careers, or quit their jobs altogether to support their wives.” Women have focused a lot of time on angling for more flexible work environments. Should we instead be fighting for more flexibility at home? Meet the flex husband.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek brings the news from the panel about women in financial markets that took place yesterday in Toronto. “When you look around at our bank, all of the women in the most senior management positions have families and also have husbands who have chosen to scale back their careers so that their wives can do the 24-7,” Wendy Hannam, an executive vice president at Scotiabank, said. More »

Study Shows Working Mother Guilt May Finally Becoming A Thing Of The Past

Study Shows Working Mother Guilt May Finally Becoming A Thing Of The Past

Women may have one less thing to feel guilty about thanks to new some data. According to a national poll of 1,000 working mothers recently conducted by Care.com, eight out of 10 mothers enjoy being a working parent and 64% say work does NOT interfere with their ability to be a good parent. Half feel that work makes them a good role model for their children. Could working mother guilt finally becoming a thing of the past More »

I Hate ‘Mompreneurs’ But I Support Women In Business

I Hate 'Mompreneurs' But I Support Women In Business

This is a post from our sister site, TheGrindstone.

What’s the difference between a ‘mompreneur’ and a normal business-owner? No, this isn’t a riddle. Professionally speaking, there shouldn’t be any difference at all. ‘Mompreneurs’ are supposed to be running a business. They produce or sell a product, market it to their consumer and try to make a profit. So why do they need a cutesy moniker?

Some would say that it helps mom-owned businesses advertise to their target market. It helps women recognize those products that were made by other moms. It separates these businesses from the multitude of other competitors.

Ya know what else it does? It marginalizes them. It treats them like they aren’t “real” companies. In a world where business-owners are expected to prove total dedication to their product, their possible-stockholders and their bottom line, it makes sure that everyone knows that these women have other priorities. More »

It’s Not Just Working Moms — Flexible Schedules Help Dads, Too

It's Not Just Working Moms -- Flexible Schedules Help Dads, Too

I was a full-time reporter when I got pregnant with our first child and, after agonizing over the decision, I ended up not returning to my job, largely because of the commute and the lack of a flexible schedule. I don’t regret the decision one bit because I got to spend more time with my child. I was lucky enough to breast feed both kids for over a year, something that our pediatrician still high-fives me for every time I come in to her office. The funny thing is that my decision not to go back to work was even the right career decision — now that I was no longer tied to an office, I was able to explore freelance opportunities and start writing about the kinds of topics that I personally cared about. More »