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Full-Time Moms Pursuing 'Anytime' Jobs

Berenice Bojorquez | Posted 03.05.2015 | Parents
Berenice Bojorquez

Full-time moms are so hungry for economic independence that many of them are willing to take on any challenging job they can encounter. The problem is that society is still taking baby steps on this topic, either not offering mothers a chance, or giving them inadequate options.

The Identity Crisis of Motherhood

Meredith Ethington | Posted 02.09.2015 | Parents
Meredith Ethington

My identity does not depend on someone else's view of who I am. It only depends on my own view of it.

I Have It All, Just Not All At Once

Mary Katherine Backstrom | Posted 02.06.2015 | Parents
Mary Katherine Backstrom

I stole one last glance from that penthouse window after packing up my desk. Ten years of claws-out determination, and I was headed home for the foreseeable future. Goodbye, career.

What An At-Home Parent Is Really Worth

Bret Spears | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Bret Spears

Being a stay-at-home dad, I have man-danced a time or two with insecurities about (not) making that sweet coin. Stacking paper. Procuring pork products and delivering them to my domicile. Um, money.

It Takes a Village to Raise a Mom

Kathy Radigan | Posted 01.28.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

In my 16 years of being a stay-at-home-mom, I've had my share of tough days. It's not easy to be the primary caregiver of three kids. Especially with a husband who starts his long commute into NYC around 7 each morning and usually doesn't get home till past 9 each night.

Why Do I Have To Be A Stay-At-Home Mom?

Rachel Toalson | Posted 01.23.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

We get really good at debating what's best for the children, but sometimes what's best for the children is what's best for us.

My (Foolish) Quest To Be the Perfect Mom

Kathy Radigan | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Armed with the skills I accrued during my 10 years of working in the corporate world as an assistant to various financial executives and all of the parenting books one person could read, I set out to be my ideal of the modern, educated stay-at-home-mom.

Does Being a Stay-at-Home Mom Make Me a Good Example For My Daughters?

Lisa Witherspoon | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
Lisa Witherspoon

I wonder if they see (or will someday see) my lack of a formal career as an expectation of who they should be as adults.

Why 'What Do You Do?' Is the Wrong Question to Ask

Ann Cinzar | Posted 02.08.2015 | Parents
Ann Cinzar

"I work from home" provides no information. "Nothing," while tempting, belies the truth. "I work for my husband," makes me feel like I've set the feminist movement back 60 years and I'm riding shotgun with Betty Draper.

The Stigma of Being a Working Mom in Mexico

Carmen Castro | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Carmen Castro

I've been judged for sending my daughter to daycare since she was 3 months old; accused of being shallow for not wanting to conform and live a more modest life with just one salary; and even told, "I'm so sorry you can't have more kids, because there's no way you can handle it."

The Hard, Daily Switch from Work to Home

Hilary Wilce | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

I'd been living all day in neon office light, with grown-up office people. My head was still buzzing with the rhythms and problems of my fast-paced day. Home was domestic, lamp-lit and adhering to its own time table.

Stepping Back Into the Workforce

Magnolia Ripkin | Posted 01.02.2015 | Business
Magnolia Ripkin

The specific subgroup of applicants that I am thinking about today is one needing some advice methinks. Let's call them the "Time Travellers" group of workforce re-entries. They last worked some time ago, and are trying to hop back on to the working world.

Dear Stay-At-Home-Moms: Go Ahead and Complain

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

I absolutely never begrudge them their tirades about their lack of personal space, failed attempts at dinner and self-imposed "Mommy time-outs" because they have reached their breaking point.

The Boss Who Finally Pushed Me Out of the Corporate World

Reem Kassis | Posted 12.27.2014 | Parents
Reem Kassis

I pulled an all-nighter last night, so when my boss got in this morning, he seemed quite pleased. This streak of pleasure wasn't long-lived, though, and he soon started complaining again: I wasn't doing what he wanted, I wasn't getting things done fast enough.

The 'Mom' Resume

Heather Evers | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
Heather Evers

Harrison is now is school, so here I am, once again considering employment. I'm a 35-year-old mom with an 11-year gap on my resume. It doesn't scream "hire me." Shouldn't it, though?

7 Dumb Parenting Decisions That Seemed Like Great Ideas At The Time

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Sarah Cottrell

There is a balance somewhere that allows for peace of mind of the parent on one side and the freedom to explore and express on the part of the wild child on the other. I have yet to find that balance.

How To Clean Your House In 10 Easy Steps

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Sarah Cottrell

The kids got excited to "help" and made a water park out of the sink while attempting to do their own dishes. Such sweet kids. Also, there appears to be a small pond forming on the floor. Slip in the pond and almost fall. Try not to yell. Hold it together, lady! You still have to vacuum.

So, Are You Bored? A Stay-at-Home Mom's Favorite Question

Erica Ford | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

The last thing I wanted to do was play trains. I wanted to make a fresh pot of coffee and find my wallet. But that nagging voice said, "When you look back on this time, you'll wish you played trains with her while you had the chance." So, I sat down. "Build it, b*tch!" she said excitedly.

10 Reasons You Don't Want To Be My Friend Now That I Have Kids

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Sarah Cottrell

My husband and I are a team for many reasons, but primarily so that the children can't outnumber us. You want to get drinks and talk about your cheating arse of a boyfriend? Great! Grab a sippy cup and use your big words so the children won't understand you.

10 Ways Working Moms and Stay-At-Home Moms Have The Exact Same Day

April McCormick | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
April McCormick

The other day while talking with a friend about the ridiculousness of the so-called "Mommy Wars," I realized that regardless of whether a mom is working out of the home or in the home, both women are essentially spending their day doing the same things.

When the Baby You Adore Becomes a Teenager

Kathy Radigan | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Unlike the deep bouts of doubt I once had over whether I was a good actor or singer, or the doubts I can have today over whether I'm a good writer, blogger, gardener or even friend, I don't have too many over my ability as a mother.

Banish The Playdate

Chris Bernholdt | Posted 09.23.2014 | Parents
Chris Bernholdt

This idea that two kids playing together has to be an event is altering the spontaneity of our children. It has become too formal, with set dates and times, rendering my son incapable of calling his friends because he feels awkward asking, especially when a grown-up answers.

Why I Couldn't Have It All

Megan B. Baldwin | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Megan B. Baldwin

When I tried to do it all, I cut corners everywhere. I made sacrifices with everything: my work, my kids, my marriage, my home. And I was miserable. Our crazy, hectic lifestyle wasn't working.

Why Stay-at-Home Moms Get Nothing Done All Day

Janie Porter | Posted 08.31.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

When I was a childless TV news reporter, I would laugh when my stay-at-home mom friends would tell me that their houses were a mess. How on earth do you stay home all day and you don't get anything done?

How I Scared the Pizza Man

Janie Porter | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

I want you to know that the 2-year-old who opened the door for you wearing just a diaper isn't allowed to open the door for strangers. And, you see, he's in just a diaper because I can barely keep up with keeping that clean and changed.