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This Isn't What a Working Mother Should Look Like

Jessica Shortall | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Jessica Shortall

Our lack of comprehensive maternity leave says as much. Maternity leave, in America, is not for all working mothers. Put simply, the American approach to maternity leave ignores some basic facts about our economy.

Moving the Needle on Work Flexibility

Emma Plumb | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business
Emma Plumb

I have a new appreciation for the particular challenges involved in juggling parenthood and work. And whereas I was formerly frustrated by the fact that we are still dragging our feet around improving the way that work gets done, I'm now utterly astonished.

Recalling a Time When Congressional Bipartisanship Worked for Young Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.24.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

A plethora of child care legislation has been passed over the past four decades but programs are still available to only a fraction of the children who need them. The quality of care provided to our children in their early years remains very inadequate, especially for the poorest children.

If Dads Heard The Inane Crap That's Spouted At Working Moms

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.14.2015 | Parents

A hilarious parody Twitter account is calling out the inane advice working moms hear all the time.  @manwhohasitall offers "top ti...

Part I of the Homework Series: The Struggle Is Real

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 10.06.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Hepburn

This is pretty much how every single homework experience has gone since she started getting homework in kindergarten. Somehow, the prospect of homework liquefies my daughter's body and she melts into a puddle onto the floor.

Working Moms Speak Out Against Tone-Deaf Real Estate Ad

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 09.18.2015 | Parents

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How to Be a Career-Loving Parent

Eryc Eyl | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Eryc Eyl

Let's not kid ourselves though (if you'll pardon the pun). It's way easier to resign ourselves to the old compromise-riddled, settle-for-nothing paradigm of work-life balance than to try to design the life of a career-loving parent.

Business School Professors for Paid Family Leave

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Scott Behson, PhD

Right now, millions of workers are forced to choose between job and family when they need family or medical leave. Evidence shows that isn't good for families or for our economy.

Marissa Mayer Bashing: Work-life Sour Grapes

Kenneth Matos | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business
Kenneth Matos

What we need is for people like Mayer to say publicly that they are not our role models; to recognize that while their own wealth of options make the work-life policies and laws that they oversee irrelevant to them, those systems are essential to the rest of us.

Why I Put My Wife’s Career First

The Atlantic | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.10.2015 | Parents

Three years ago, my wife, Anne-Marie Slaughter, wrote in these pages about how difficult it remains for women to “have it all” -- a ...

Summertime Blues and the Working Mom

40 Percent and Rising | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
40 Percent and Rising

Summertime is supposed to be about slip-and-slides, pool parties and popsicles melting on tiny tongues. We all want our kids to have great summer memories, just like we did. For working moms, however, summertime can be a nightmare.

Leading on Leave, Hawaii as the "Ohana" State

Shay Chan Hodges | Posted 08.13.2015 | Hawaii
Shay Chan Hodges

Only 12 percent of American workers have access to any paid maternity leave at all, and as a result, one in three new moms go back to work almost immediately after having a child.

A Father's Day Reminder and Challenge to Dads in Congress

Debra L. Ness | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

Nobody should forget that paid leave is a family issue -- not just a women's issue. Men, like women, want to be good parents and good caregivers for their families. Yet the vast majority of men don't have access to supportive workplace policies that would enable them to do so.

5 Things My Husband Teaches Our Daughter About Working Parents

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 06.18.2015 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

Day jobs notwithstanding, we both dove into hands-on parenting from the start. But as I met other people with infants, I discovered that this was not universal.

20 Photos That Show What It's Like To Be A Working Dad

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 92.8 percent of fathers with children under 18 were either working or looking for work in 2014. In hon...

What Do Paid Leave and a Box Full of Kittens Have in Common?

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Paid family leave is as popular as vanilla ice cream and a boxful of kittens. In a CBS-New York Times poll from late last month, 80 percent of people support a paid family leave law and 85 percent believe we should have paid sick leave!

Jillian Capewell

'First Day Back' Podcast Gets To Heart Of The Working Parent | Jillian Capewell | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents

Much of the conversation around having a family and a career is simply whether or not to try and juggle both. You’re in or you’re out -- and likel...

What It Really Means To Be A Working Parent, In 32 Candid Photos

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents

In 2014, 70.1 percent of mothers and 92.8 percent of fathers with children under 18 were either working or looking for work, according to the Bureau o...

Shane Shifflett

The States With The Most Stay-At-Home Fathers | Shane Shifflett | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business

Not too long ago, it was practically unheard of for a father to raise his children full-time instead of working for money. In the 1970s, only si...

Where You Should -- And Shouldn't -- Live If You're A Working Mom

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents

What do Louisiana, Nevada, and Alaska have in common? A pretty grim situation for working mothers. A new report from personal finance social netwo...

Johnson & Johnson Now Offering Employees Up To 17 Weeks Of Parental Leave

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents

This week, Johnson & Johnson made an exciting announcement that will hopefully set a precedent for other major companies in the U.S. All employees who...

Revoking My Stay-at-Home Mom Card

Melissa Mowry | Posted 06.29.2015 | Parents
Melissa Mowry

But I don't talk about those things because I worry. I worry that if my day doesn't seem hard enough or chaotic enough, I'm not doing it right. I worry that my husband (and maybe the rest of the working world too) thinks I'm getting a free ride on the gravy train.

Welcome To The Working Parents Club

Ido Bendet-Taicher | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Ido Bendet-Taicher

As most couples do, my husband Eli and I have come up with our own way of sharing responsibilities and defining roles. Part of it was naturally developed throughout the years, whereas for the rest of it, well, we simply sat down and split the load based on preferences, strengths, and for the undesired chores such as laundry... we just flipped a coin.

Take Your Child to Work (Any) Day

Karen Roter Davis | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Karen Roter Davis

This week, lots of companies will host "Take Your Child To Work" days in their offices. Interestingly, many of these same companies allow dogs in their offices every day of the year, but feel the need to have one special day dedicated to bringing one's offspring to work.

5 Reasons To Look Forward To A 'Work Week'

Kali Kasprzyk | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Kali Kasprzyk

My bosses do not draw with markers on their bodies or the wall. This is great news for many reasons, but mainly because it means that I will not be asked to scrub faces, arms or walls to remove marker for the majority of the week.