State Of The Union: We Need Help With Child Care Expenses

I’ve read a flurry of articles in the past week to accompany data that show changing gender roles in earning power and marriage.  Many of these articles accompany flip headlines and amusing photos—images of the 1980’s comedy “Mr. Mom,” or tales of high-earning career women marrying men far less high-powered, simply because, apparently, women now can. This is typical media hype: the truth is, in most two-parent families both partners have to work, the burden is more or less shared, and it’s tough....more

After watching 10 grown ups drool over the iPad launch video- maybe we should just hand all ...more

Punished for Taking Too Long a Maternity Leave? Blame Feminism.

The blogger Well-heeled brought my attention to this new study with the stunning question: “Could the U.S.’s lack of policy mandating paid maternity leave actually help women’s careers?” I’m going to blame second wave feminism for the fact that we are even having this conversation- and having it over, and over again....more

To me, issuing the challenge seems to imply that only people in business are ...more

A mother's stark choice: foster care or providing for her child and serving her country

What if a white male single dad had a 10 month-old, adorable baby boy. Say his wife had died tragically and he had no extended family….The dad was in the army, and he was deployed to Afghanistan. The dad had nowhere for his baby to go while he was deployed… what would happen? I bet that baby would not go to foster care....more

I agree with you 100%, Denise. I have put together family care plans for 6 years now and I ...more

Child Care: It Never Gets Easier to Choose

My daughter started kindergarten this year, and because we wanted to ease her transition, we left her in her normal daycare for before-and-after-school care instead of putting her in the program run by the public school system. Even though it cost $200 a month more....more

I live in London, and we have the same issues.  Next week my kids will be out of school ...more

Invitation to Fem2.0 Blog Carnival: For Women, the Other Side of Work Is NOT Play… It’s Caregiving

Women take care of children, spouses, parents, family members, friends. We dominate the caregiving professions, like nursing or social work. Ask anyone receiving care of any kind and he or she will most likely tell you that the primary caregiver is a woman.   Caregiving is a job for which women usually don’t get or expect monetary compensation. It is a critical aspect of work/life and healthcare issues. How can caregiving be made easier to make our lives easier? ...more

A Week in Review - June 5, 2009

Happy Friday my friends! Another exciting week here at BlogHer but I must admit, I'm ready for the weekend.  I have a couple of items to call out as we wind up the week... Keynotes - We have announced the BlogHer '09 keynotes - take a peek! ...more

Yes!  We are pretty excited :-)more

Don't Abuse Grandma, She Has Her Own Life

The blogosphere's been aflutter with grandma-babysitting-or-not posts in the past month, with mentions in the New York Times, ParentDish and Grandparents.com. These grandmas, it seems, have something called "their own lives." WHAT? ...more

Both of our mothers live close by, and both love to spend time with their grandkids.  We ...more

Trickle Down Economics Means No More Waiting Lists At Day Care Centers

My friend Shelly spent her early twenties working as a waitress. The hours were horrible but the money was good. However,after her second child was born the hours and physical demands of being a waitress made Shelly re-evaluate. Like hundreds of other women in similar situations, Shelly's solution was to operate an in-home day care center. ...more

 This is a huge workforce issue and needs to be a consideration in economic stimulus plans.  ...more

Overwhelming Octuplets

A life commitment 8 times all at once! Wow! As I soothed my daughter through her temperature today I couldn’t help but wonder how is it possible for 1 mother and 14 children? People Magazine noted Mom Nadya Suleman feeding her family from food stamps I continued to wonder how was she able to afford In Vitro and why would she have 8 eggs implanted if she couldn’t support her family with a zero income status? There was also mention of her psychological instability in the past 7 years, I’m not sure if 8 new babies was her answer to sanity! ...more

Babysitting Salaries

On one of my blogs, Your Parenting Info, an article was written about how much babysitters are paid.  Knowing that the hourly rate changes with the number of children being watched, we asked our readers how much they pay per hour for two children. Please visit our site, and weigh in on this question.  It will be interesting to see the amount of variety in pay! ...more