Thirty years ago, being a stay-at-home dad merited a spot on the news. But we’re still not talking much about men’s careers post kids.
"I came into parenting knowing nothing about managing people. Now I know (almost!) everything."
Nearly all states are failing to support working parents, despite family-friendly initiatives. Look to California and New Jersey for answers.
As someone who has worked for decades to advance family-friendly policies, it was truly amazing to see more than 1,500 lawmakers, businesses, workers, advocates, and top administration officials come together with President Barack Obama for the recent White House Summit on Working Families.
The event brought unprecedented attention to the unmet needs of workers and their families and the role that stronger workplace policies will play in strengthening the nation’s economy. But the national conversation and calls to action it generated must only be the beginning.
How much progress this watershed moment brings for America’s working families depends on what happens next. The weeks, months, and years ahead will be critical for the movement.
“You know that saying, absence makes the heart grow fonder? Well, here’s another saying. Constant presence makes you want to grab the nearest cup of bleach and drink it.”
“The idea is that children, with their sparking synapses and sponge-like brains, will be able to easily digest all the stuff that I had such trouble comprehending in my early 20s.”
What happens when you gather just about every influential woman together to talk about working family issues? This.
A mother of three reveals the surprising patterns that emerged when she suddenly had the house—and her life—all to herself.
You spend all day thinking about innovating in your career. How about applying that focus to everything else?
“You’re in the prime of your career with all of this experience, when you get mommy-tracked. They get ‘concerned’ that you can’t do your job. That’s a huge reason why we’re not seeing women in leadership roles across Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies and in politics.”
“When dads don’t do housework, daughters will more likely “envision themselves in traditionally female-dominant jobs.”
Sociologist Dalton Conley gave his kids unusual names after seeing a study suggesting that could help improve impulse control. Here he talks about his new book Parentology, part startling memoir, part primer on how to use scientific method to help raise your kids.
With an estimated 2.3 million Americans behind bars, the U.S. incarcerates a larger percentage of its population than any other nation on Earth. As a result, one out of every 28 children grows up with a parent in jail—an average of one child per classroom.
These numbers are the reason why Sesame Street Workshop has created Alex the Muppet, the first Sesame character to have a father in prison. He’s an average kid who has some extra baggage in life and is struggling to cope.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Here’s Co.Create contributor and new mother Jessica Gross on 4 Ways To Be A Happier Parent- One Mother’s Experiment
1. Learn coping mechanisms for minor annoyances.
2. Remember to balance your own needs with your child’s needs.
3. Remember the big picture.
4. Take time off…
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