Thursday, March 26, 2015

Reading on the Run: Articles of Interest to Working Moms (Pregnancy Discrimination is Easier to Prove)

Me with Heather Arnet, CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation,  a week before I had my son last year

I have been openly critical of Corporate America and of the legal profession as it relates to their support of women in general, pregnant women in particular, and working moms. That said, I never had to choose between my job and having a healthy baby. That was an immeasurable blessing. However, many women did not enjoy that basic right despite the existence of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, which provides that "women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions shall be treated the same for all employment-related purposes, including receipt of benefits under fringe benefit programs, as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work". Instead, they were forced to make these tough choices and it was wrong. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Here's a photo of me and the baby on his first birthday last week. Can't believe he's one already!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Working Mom Tips: Five Working Mom Secrets to Doing It All

On a Panel

People often ask me how I “do it all” now that I have two kids and still work full time. I have provided some insight into my secrets on this blog. However, I have decided to give you a peek behind my curtains. Be forewarned. You may not like what you see...

Friday, March 20, 2015

Working Mom Tip: Breastfeeding May Get Your Kid Into Harvard

Medela pumping supplies
A recent study has linked breastfeeding to a higher IQ. So, if you needed more reason to breastfeed beyond the peer pressure, Joint Commission encouragement, immediate economic benefits, convenience and ability to bond with your baby, here's another one. 

I'll also do you one better the study also attributes long term breastfeeding to higher wages and more education. That means if you breastfeed you breastfeed your babies longer they will be more likely to earn more money, which means that they will leave your house as adults. As someone who is breastfeeding her second child right now it pains me to think of my children leaving the house ever. However, I know that feeling will change in about 18 years.

Here's a link to an article discussing the study in detail, Breastfeeding 'linked to higher IQ'

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Being a Stay-At-Home Mom is NOT a Career, But it is a Career Choice

At Work

"Full-time mothering is a career choice, but it is NOT a career."

On Monday while enjoying a PTO day, I saw a caption on the Today Show that read, “Being a Stay-at-home mom is not a career. My first thought was, “Of course it’s not. Why is this even news?” If the opinions of those around the news desk this AM are any indication, America disagrees with me. 

Being a Stay-At-Home-Mom is Noble, But it is Not a Career

The Today Show ran the caption based on an article by Liz Pardue Schultz published in Jane magazine where she declared, "Being a stay-at-home motheris not a job". Al and Tamron were fairly critical of Ms. Pardue-Schultz. It was like she had told a room full of 4 year olds that there's no Santa Claus. Part of me thinks they were so critical because because they didn't want to offend stay-at-home-moms who comprise the majority of their viewers. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Reading on the Run: Articles of Interest to Working Moms (Judging Working Moms)

Working mom at work after returning from my second maternity leave

"Being a working mom is harder than it needs to be because corporate policies and practices were not created with us in mind..." Chatón T. Turner

Successful working women keep track of important matters in the news. However, we are not one-dimensional. Some of us also want to keep up with celebrity gossip and fashion news too. Even in the era of the Internet and 24 hour news shows and E!, it can be challenging to keep up with everything.

Fortunately for you, I make it my job to keep up on articles of interest and resources to working moms and when I find notable ones, I share them with you. Below are articles discussing how certain childless women in power were insensitive, judgmental, and down right hostile to working moms before they had their own children.