Friday, July 31, 2015

A Tip From a Working Mom: It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

The kiddos
"I get by with a little help from my friends..."
Mothers require help to raise our children. As much as we’d like to, we simply can’t do everything alone. Often, credit is given to grandmothers, teachers, and nannies who help us on a daily basis. And those accolades should continue to flow. My own support system includes those folks and I am forever grateful.

That said, my support system also includes relying on the kindness of other moms who often surprise me with their kindness and generosity at just the right time. I am blessed with lots of good mommy friends, but here are a few examples: 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wordless Wednesday (not really): Living in Pittsburgh

As a working mom, I don't really have the luxury of having work time, kid time and gym time. So, I found a way to integrate fitness with my kid time. Living in the city allows me to exercise and simultaneously spend time my kids. It's a win/win!

One of the best thing about living in Pittsburgh is that it is very walkable.  Indeed, last night we walked to the Carnegie Library, bought dinner and went the playground. Because I like to walk, I have a double jog stroller. The stroller should have its own blog actually. It draws attention from passersby who call it the "Escalade of strollers" and comment about how good my kids have it. Despite my son's expression in the photo below, they do have it good and love the stroller...

Friday, July 24, 2015

Advice from a Working Mom: Take a Vacation

Clearwater Beach, Florida

It's summer, which means it is vacation season. However, I have heard a little rumor that somebody killed vacation...

Who Killed Summer Vacation?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: I was Represented at #BlogHer15

I have grown to value the relationships that I have made through blogging a lot. The women have been gracious, generous and incredibly nice. Not only are we sharing this parenting journey together, we are also sharing the blogging journey, which has its own complexities!

As you know I was disappointed about missing the recent BlogHer conference. Well, look what I found on Twitter!  

Saturday, July 18, 2015

I Cannot Believe that I am Missing The BlogHer Conference Again... (#BlogHer15)

What it looks like to "do it all"
I have missed the BlogHer conference for the past three years and I have regretted it every time. The reason is, I have attended before and I know what I am missing...

Friday, July 17, 2015

Reading on the Run: IBM Has a New Policy Supporting Breastfeeding Moms

Expressed breast milk

"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

As a working mom who is committed to breastfeeding I can tell you that it is not for the faint of heart. In order to make it work for at least a year, which is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, it takes preparation and persistence. (The World Health Organization actually recommends breastfeeding for two years.) I can also say that it is more difficult than it needs to be because for many companies the needs of breastfeeding moms are a complete afterthought.