One of the tenets of being a working mom is being busy. I know I am. I’ve got deadlines at work and wipes to pick up at Target and I really want to watch the next episode of Parenthood on Netflix, but first, I better set out my workout clothes for tomorrow morning so I’m not stumbling around half awake at 6 a.m. looking for socks, and that reminds me, my son needs an extra set of clothes for his preschool cubby so I should put those in his backpack by the door so I don’t forget them in morning rush, oh, and I really need to get that load of laundry done. Whew. See what I mean?
Dinnertime can be tough for working moms. I’m lucky—my husband is a personal chef and he takes care of all the grocery shopping and cooking in our house. Before we had my son, we would sit down to dinner after work and catch up on our day. It wasn’t necessarily fancy, but we always sat at our kitchen table and poured a glass of wine and chatted.
Breastfeeding is, undeniably, one of nature’s most natural, instinctive and beautiful acts, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with its fair share of challenges and questions. Here’s some confidence-building information that can keep you going when things get tough.
Q: Should I avoid gassy or spicy foods to help prevent gassiness in my baby?
If you’re planning to go back to work after taking maternity leave, you may wonder what effect this could have on your baby’s development. The answer is good news for (guilt-ridden) working moms: little to none. A study of 1,000 children nationwide found that while kids of mothers who work during their first year of life score slightly lower on cognition tests through age 7, the upsides of being a working mom balance this out.
Before your baby is even born, it is very likely that you will need to make a decision about when, or if, you will be returning to work. Lots of moms return to work full time, but others opt for a part-time schedule, some work from home, and some forgo work altogether and become stay-at-home moms.
While it may seem overwhelming to prepare for your new baby and your financial future, it’s important to make sure that you and your family will be taken care of later and in case of an emergency. Here’s expert advice on planning for the future including tips for working mom's and recent health care legislation that benefits pregnant women and new moms.
Your baby screams and clings to you, wild-eyed, as if your leaving means instant peril. And in his mind, it does. “A baby doesn’t have the conceptual ability to trust that we’ll always return, so he protects our disappearance as if it’s a life-threatening event,” explains child psychologist Laura Markham, Ph.D. “His DNA programs him as if he’s living in the Stone Age; he doesn’t know he’s perfectly safe at day care. To him, when you walk out the door, he could be eaten by tigers.”
You’re not quite ready to divulge your happy news, but explaining away your exhaustion and frequent bathroom trips is getting tricky. Or you’re uncertain what sort of maternity leave you’re entitled to and, more importantly, how much of it is paid. These are just a few of the common scenarios you’ll need to tackle as you navigate the next nine months on the job. Our detailed guide will see you through.
While it may seem overwhelming to prepare for your new baby and your financial future, it’s important to make sure that you and your family will be taken care of later and in case of an emergency. Here’s expert advice on what to do now and what can wait:
Emily and Josh DeVoll, Glendale, Ariz.
"We hope for the best for our kids but don’t dwell on it. We just kind of take care of ourselves and make the best decisions we can."
Rising food costs. The housing mess. The credit crunch. Bank collapses. Government bailouts. The sagging stock market. If it seems like the only positive news lately has been the tiny plus-sign in the window of your pregnancy test kit, we don’t blame you. If you’re like most new or expecting parents, you’re probably wondering how, exactly, you can afford to raise your baby, particularly if you live in an expensive city. But despite these fiscally turbulent times, there’s plenty you can do.
For many new moms, this past week has been focused on getting back to work. Maybe you're just coming back from maternity leave, or maybe you're getting back to work after a long summer break, or maybe the end of summer simply finds your thoughts shifting back to work.