Even the best parental leave policies can feel complicated. But what if companies provided an advocate for you during your time away from work?
Fertility struggles, imago and 50/50 parenting: what can happen when partners bond over a similarly difficult infertility experience.
As a soon-to-be-parent in the height of the #MeToo movement, I worry about how to cultivate in my child a way of viewing the world that is kind, compassionate and curious. It feels more urgent and important than ever for me to introduce important concepts to my child. While I don’t get to choose to have my first child be born under the first female president, but I do get to choose what topics, ideas, and characters he or she is exposed to at this tender and influential time. These books are meant to inspire all children, to teach lessons like: to never give up; to fight for what you believe in; that genius exists in all races, ages, and gender identities; to ignore those who will doubt or shame you; to believe in yourself and to lift up those around you.
Is taking maternity leave an option for women who run their own business? Stacey Trock of FreshStitches on scaling back and the necessity of keeping one day schedule-free.
I felt the way about changing my name the way some people feel about having kids: I didn’t feel too strongly about keeping or changing my name, and hadn’t yet decided what I wanted. To be honest, by the time I was 30 and in a partnership, changing my name felt like a lot of work, especially in a digital age with internet footprints. People already knew me. But then the question of kids came up, and we agreed we didn’t want hyphens. And we wanted to share the same last name. “I want to take your last name,” he said. I’ll admit one of my first thoughts was: “Are you sure?”
How do we give up our quest for control? Sara Mauskopf walks us through the unexpected curveballs of new motherhood, fulfilling work and family health.
I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of three year olds in my life right now. These sweet, coordinated, hilarious, opinionated little ones blow me away with their personalities, storytelling, and ability to recall exactly what their parents (or potty-mouthed aunties say). But the biggest surprise for me has been just how big the feelings are inside of these small bodies. I don’t mean that as a euphemism for drama or poor behavior, it’s truly that these sweet kids have such big experiences and are working through how to express themselves and process these feelings. For adults and kids of all ages, it can be helpful to hear stories and to know we’re together in this work of being human. Here are nine children’s books to serve as a jumping off points for parents to talk to their little ones about different emotions, what they feel like, and how to process and experience them.
There are women who pursue entrepreneurship because they have a creative vision. And then there are women who pursue entrepreneurship because they have to.
Women feel the constant pull of unspoken expectations: be the best wife, mom, employee, boss. Author of Drop The Ball, Tiffany Dufu, on telling ourselves a different story, starting at home.
How do we respond to unexpected changes that uproot our dreams? Learn how Bridget Gleason of Logz.io utilized an unplanned life change to grow her leadership skills and become a stronger single parent.