Aloha Fellow BlogHers!You may know me from #WomensLives, other BlogHer posts, or hopefully you’ve heard about my ibook, Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy.I’m reaching out to the BlogHer community because I have a special Lean On and Lead Giveaway coming up this month that I’d love for you to help amplify -- as well as other promotion opportunities that can provide mutual support!...more
Childcare is a tough gig.
Twelve to thirteen hours a day, five days a week, providers work with no lunch break, no smoke break, and on most days, overtime with no pay. There are no benefits, such as health insurance, unemployment, 401K or disability, unless the provider pays 100% of the premiums and pays a higher rate because she has no group to join for a group rate.
On top of all of it, providers have to put up with the very worst behavior from clients, because if they don’t, they risk being fired without pay.
When Lulu was a baby and I went back to work, I (like everything else I did when Lu was a baby) had no clue what I was doing. I didn’t know where to look for resources or advice on how to balance having a career and motherhood, so I made up the rules as I went along. I suppose it worked out, but it definitely wasn’t easy.
When one high-profile woman makes a statement, it always has a ripple effect to ALL women. Rare is the person who WANTS to be a spokesperson for all women/LGBT/blacks, etc. but by their very nature of having a public profile, it often ends up that way. Here's one blogger's take on some comments from Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo.
Marissa Mayer, the famously female CEO of Yahoo, has recently come under fire for saying “the baby’s been way easier than everyone made it out to be.”
Life has been busy! Since last posting, I have resumed income work, am still enrolled in school and am experiencing all the mixed feelings and other tribulations of having a toddler in day care (partial translation: we are all sick a lot). Things are intense, but rewarding....more
An Ode To Working Parents EverywhereYou may have heard that I have a small side business going taking professional family photos. It seems like ever since the weather has warmed up I've had a job or two on the docket and photos to edit on my computer, and at times I have felt like I have too much on my plate. But JDubbs is really supportive in this venture and so he understands if I need to take off as soon as he gets home and hole up somewhere quiet to get my work done. Overall, it works well....more
Last Friday, Elaine–my partner at $200K Freelancer–called me while I was in the middle of a trip with my daughter to the National Museum of Natural History’s Bug Zoo. We were talking about e-commerce plug-ins for the site.“Oooh,” yelled the crowd in the background. “Don’t mind that,” I said, or something similar. “The tarantula just ate the cricket.”
First of all, stay-at-home parents are working people. I've been one, and I know. That's just in case someone misinterprets my post. However, stay-at-home parents have more time options than working parents. There are those who will try to argue with me, but I'm more than willing to put up my dukes and take 'em, so bring it on. I'd bet money, if I had any, which I don't, that stay-at-home parents who have worked outside of the home will understand what I'm about to say here....more
This isn't your typical post about stay at home moms and how hard they work. I won't be going on about how we're teachers, janitors, nurses, etc. Though that's all very true, this post is about my surprise about how hard I actually work now that I don't work. I can't compare myself to anyone else. I'm sure I fall short in the grand scheme of things. There are so many mothers out there, working and not, who are able to accomplish so very much in each short day. No, I can't compare to them....more
Working parents have a lot to juggle, and this can create stress. But what we often overlook is that stress has real health consequences. Several weeks ago, I put together a survey* asking working parents about stress and its effects on their health. More than 600 people responded. I filtered out respondents who lived in a household with at least one stay-at-home adult, which left 560 respondents in households where all adults work. Their answers were alarming:...more