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We need to stop saying (as so many media outlets have been, for months) that women have "dropped out" of the workforce this year.First, it makes women sound like quitters when really, we've been crushed by the impossible, competing demands of caregiving (such as raising kids and caring for parents) and breadwinning (making money). Second, when headlines refer to women, they often really mean moms. So let's call this what it is: Our culture's deeply ingrained sexism has pushed women from the…

Moms are not "dropping out" of the workforce, they're being pushed out

We need to stop saying (as so many media outlets have been, for months) that women have "dropped out" of the workforce this year.First, it makes women sound like quitters when really, we've been crushed by the impossible, competing demands of caregiving (such as raising kids and caring for parents) and breadwinning (making money). Second, when headlines refer to women, they often really mean moms. So let's call this what it is: Our culture's deeply ingrained sexism has pushed women from the…

As every stay-at-home parent knows, what you're doing is work. Real work. But for stay-at-home-moms and parents who have stepped back from the traditional workforce (whether temporarily, involuntarily or by choice) saving for retirement can feel like a challenge. How do you plan for retirement when you're not bringing in a paycheck?The good news is, just because you're not getting a 401(k) match from a company right now doesn't mean you need to give up on planning for the future. We spoke…

How should stay-at-home parents save for retirement?

As every stay-at-home parent knows, what you're doing is work. Real work. But for stay-at-home-moms and parents who have stepped back from the traditional workforce (whether temporarily, involuntarily or by choice) saving for retirement can feel like a challenge. How do you plan for retirement when you're not bringing in a paycheck?The good news is, just because you're not getting a 401(k) match from a company right now doesn't mean you need to give up on planning for the future. We spoke…

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nine phrases we can tell ourselves to be productive and efficient mamas

Essential gear for working from home with a newbornBliss BouncerA lifesaver. I once took a phone call from a White House aide on a breaking news story while rocking my baby in this seat with my foot. Deadline: Met. Baby: Content. (Read my full review on The BabyBjorn bouncer; it rules).Explore CarrierKeeping baby close. Moms are obsessed with the The BabyTula Explore Carrier for good reason. It's an all-in-one carrier (no infant insert required!) that you can use with your little one for up… Types Of Intelligence, How To Sleep Faster, Baby Bjorn, Baby Memories, Ask For Help, Newborn Care, Parenting 101, Memory Books, Life Savers

Ask Motherly: Can you *really* work from home with a newborn (and no childcare)?

Essential gear for working from home with a newbornBliss BouncerA lifesaver. I once took a phone call from a White House aide on a breaking news story while rocking my baby in this seat with my foot. Deadline: Met. Baby: Content. (Read my full review on The BabyBjorn bouncer; it rules).Explore CarrierKeeping baby close. Moms are obsessed with the The BabyTula Explore Carrier for good reason. It's an all-in-one carrier (no infant insert required!) that you can use with your little one for up…

Full disclosure: I never set out to be an entrepreneur or a mother. Yet here I am. Proud co-founder of two companies, and loving co-parent to two wacky children. A little over a decade ago, I was happily working as an art producer at an ad agency in Soho. After some health issues and a trekking trip in Patagonia, my husband and I decided we'd be parents of world travel and not children. Two months later I was sitting on the toilet holding a positive pregnancy test. The birth of my daughter… Love And Co, In Patagonia, Co Parenting, Pregnancy Test, Working Moms, Cloth Diapers, Children, Kids, To My Daughter

This is the easiest way to keep diapers out of landfills

Full disclosure: I never set out to be an entrepreneur or a mother. Yet here I am. Proud co-founder of two companies, and loving co-parent to two wacky children. A little over a decade ago, I was happily working as an art producer at an ad agency in Soho. After some health issues and a trekking trip in Patagonia, my husband and I decided we'd be parents of world travel and not children. Two months later I was sitting on the toilet holding a positive pregnancy test. The birth of my daughter…

Despite the encouraging growth of free or subsidized preschools in some American cities, the fact remains that preschool and daycare cost about as much as rent in many areas.But there's some good news, which is that parents who paid tuition in 2019 for preschool or daycare in order to work may qualify for a credit that can help you save money on taxes this year. Here's what all parents should know before filing their returns on July 15, 2020, the updated tax deadline.Is preschool tuition… Splendid Spoon, Tax Deductions, You Are The World, Science Activities, Working Moms, Toddler Preschool, Stargazing, Baby Names, Kids And Parenting

Is preschool tuition tax-deductible?

Despite the encouraging growth of free or subsidized preschools in some American cities, the fact remains that preschool and daycare cost about as much as rent in many areas.But there's some good news, which is that parents who paid tuition in 2019 for preschool or daycare in order to work may qualify for a credit that can help you save money on taxes this year. Here's what all parents should know before filing their returns on July 15, 2020, the updated tax deadline.Is preschool tuition…

As a mom, I say the phrase 'let me just…' to my kids more times a day than I can count.
Yes, I can help you log into your class, let me just send this email.Yes, I can play with you, let me just make one more call.Yes, I can get you a snack, let me just empty the dishwasher.
I say it a lot at work, too.
Yes, I can write that article, let me just clear my inbox.Yes, I can clear my inbox, let me just finish this meeting.Yes, I can attend that meeting, let me just get this project out the…

To the working mamas who feel like they're failing every. single. day

As a mom, I say the phrase 'let me just…' to my kids more times a day than I can count. Yes, I can help you log into your class, let me just send this email.Yes, I can play with you, let me just make one more call.Yes, I can get you a snack, let me just empty the dishwasher. I say it a lot at work, too. Yes, I can write that article, let me just clear my inbox.Yes, I can clear my inbox, let me just finish this meeting.Yes, I can attend that meeting, let me just get this project out the…

This post is brought to you by Staples. While this was a sponsored opportunity, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.One of the biggest changes in my household once my daughter started homeschooling was that, suddenly, everything and everyone in our home had to start pulling double duty. While I was used to wearing a lot of hats (mom, wife and WFH employee, to name a few), suddenly our dining room was also pulling shifts as a classroom. My laptop was also a virtual teacher. Our… Family Psychology, Parents, Negative Thinking, Kid Poses, Kids Behavior, Regular Exercise, Parenting Hacks, Bad Parenting, Talking To You

We love these 10 multi-tasking office products that work both for homeschool + WFH

This post is brought to you by Staples. While this was a sponsored opportunity, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.One of the biggest changes in my household once my daughter started homeschooling was that, suddenly, everything and everyone in our home had to start pulling double duty. While I was used to wearing a lot of hats (mom, wife and WFH employee, to name a few), suddenly our dining room was also pulling shifts as a classroom. My laptop was also a virtual teacher. Our…

Juggling career, childcare and distance learning at the same time is no small feat, and working moms in particular are shouldering the burden of the unprecedented pressures created by the pandemic. Many moms have already been forced to leave the workforce because of these conflicting demands. A recent FlexJobs survey found that since the pandemic started, 17% of working mothers quit their jobs during the pandemic—nearly 1 in 5, compared to 10% of working fathers who reported the same thing—1…

How to ask for flexible work hours in the middle of a pandemic—and why you should

Juggling career, childcare and distance learning at the same time is no small feat, and working moms in particular are shouldering the burden of the unprecedented pressures created by the pandemic. Many moms have already been forced to leave the workforce because of these conflicting demands. A recent FlexJobs survey found that since the pandemic started, 17% of working mothers quit their jobs during the pandemic—nearly 1 in 5, compared to 10% of working fathers who reported the same thing—1…

Of course, setting up your work strategy is a top priority—time blocking, scheduling working 'shifts' with your partner, using apps like Slack and Zoom to communicate with your team. But, I've found that having a toolbox of products makes everything just a little easier. Birthing Classes, Melissa & Doug, Imaginative Play, Working Moms, Toolbox, Career Advice, Fine Motor Skills, Getting Organized, Cool Words

I've worked from home for years—here's what keeps me productive

Of course, setting up your work strategy is a top priority—time blocking, scheduling working 'shifts' with your partner, using apps like Slack and Zoom to communicate with your team. But, I've found that having a toolbox of products makes everything just a little easier.

Motherly has always been a fully remote company so I've had a couple years to really nail down that WFH life. I've joined conference meetings across the world, edited stories in the car and rarely go anywhere without my laptop in tow. The good news is: You can totally do this. Conference Meeting, Birthing Classes, Things To Come, Good Things, Melissa & Doug, Working Moms, Career Advice, Fine Motor Skills, Getting Organized

What You Need To Work From Home

Motherly has always been a fully remote company so I've had a couple years to really nail down that WFH life. I've joined conference meetings across the world, edited stories in the car and rarely go anywhere without my laptop in tow. The good news is: You can totally do this.

Motherly has always been a fully remote company so I've had a couple years to really nail down that WFH life. I've joined conference meetings across the world, edited stories in the car and rarely go anywhere without my laptop in tow. The good news is: You can totally do this. Conference Meeting, Birthing Classes, Career Ideas, Things To Come, Good Things, Working Moms, Fine Motor Skills, Getting Organized, Good News

I've worked from home for years—here's what keeps me productive

Motherly has always been a fully remote company so I've had a couple years to really nail down that WFH life. I've joined conference meetings across the world, edited stories in the car and rarely go anywhere without my laptop in tow. The good news is: You can totally do this.

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Today is Black Women's Equal Pay Day—meaning, Black women must work seven additional months in order to catch up to white men. We feel it's important to acknowledge that the wage gap is not one size fits all. It is not enough to recognize, in general, that women are unfairly compensated and deserve equal pay. We must also acknowledge that the wage gap disproportionately affects women of color, and it marginalizes mothers, too.How Much Does Your Kid Cost?Here's what's fascinating: Did you…

Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay day—here’s what that means

Today is Black Women's Equal Pay Day—meaning, Black women must work seven additional months in order to catch up to white men. We feel it's important to acknowledge that the wage gap is not one size fits all. It is not enough to recognize, in general, that women are unfairly compensated and deserve equal pay. We must also acknowledge that the wage gap disproportionately affects women of color, and it marginalizes mothers, too.How Much Does Your Kid Cost?Here's what's fascinating: Did you…

For many, parenthood makes it essential to guard your time, prioritize and consider outsourcing when you can. It’s always going to be a matter of picking and choosing based on finances, needs and more. But, if there is some room in the budget, hiring a regular (or even occasional) housekeeper can create the time in your life for more meaningful pursuits.

6 reasons moms shouldn’t feel guilty about hiring help

For many, parenthood makes it essential to guard your time, prioritize and consider outsourcing when you can. It’s always going to be a matter of picking and choosing based on finances, needs and more. But, if there is some room in the budget, hiring a regular (or even occasional) housekeeper can create the time in your life for more meaningful pursuits.

Mamas shared their go-to self-care hacks on Chairman Mom for those days when you don't have the time, but you need a pick-me-up on the go. Pregnancy Stages, Mom Hacks, Loving Your Body, Health And Fitness Tips, Working Moms, Body Image, Get Healthy, Kids And Parenting, You Can Do

12 self-care ideas you can do in under 10 minutes

Mamas shared their go-to self-care hacks on Chairman Mom for those days when you don't have the time, but you need a pick-me-up on the go.