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
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
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
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
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
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!
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?
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.
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!
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!