We have heard a lot of talk about how women have tipped the balance in the workforce. There are more working women in the U.S. than there are working men. Seventy percent of working women are mothers.
It is difficult to write anything objective about childcare when you are a parent who makes use of childcare. I don’t know about you, but there isn’t a day when I don’t question if I’m doing the right thing by allowing my son to be raised 35 hours a week by someone else. I am the norm: mine is one of the eighty-nine percent of children younger than five with employed mothers who is in a regular child care arrangement. When I heard there was a major new study about the long-term effects of care on kids, I needed to read it. And the minute I read the study, I knew what the headline in the media would be “Day care increases risk taking in children, study finds.”
Today I saw a horrific billboard from Microsoft’s Hotmail. The ad campaign is titled, “The New Busy.” The tagline was, “The new busy think 9-5 is a cute idea.”
I read into the Microsoft message that really busy -- e.g. successful and in demand -- people work way longer than 9-5. If you live in a culture where working long hours is the sole measure of success and ambition, then how can parents really ever succeed and see their kids?
My friend Jane* has a problem. She works full-time for a government agency in California and has two little girls in preschool. Jane is really good at her job. Jane is losing her mind. “All I do is work, run home to pick up screaming kids because it’s 5:30 and they’re tired. Wrestle through the evening with them, then clean up the house, go to bed, and do it again.” Jane told me this one evening over the phone, after we’d both wrestled our kids into bed....more
So I'm new, obviously...I have my personal blog and I'm waiting for it to be listed with BlogHer, but in the meantime, here I am. My blog, depressionsandconfessions.com, started as a way for me to reach out to other women with depression, but has evolved into a sort of journal of my personal story about living with the disorder....more
I am ridiculously excited for our first Halloween! I'm having the mommy group over, and I'm making big girl cupcakes, and baby cupcakes. I was psyched to make carrot cake with nuts and candy corn on top, until someone reminded me both are a choking hazard...I will definitely be sending photos to the BlogHer Halloween Photoshare! My son is going to be Superman (of course...)....more
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