POSTS WITH TAG: back-to-work

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    Interesting news for us working mamas today! Apparently, less and less mothers who work are feeling guilty these days. Awesome. As we shouldn't.

    But while I fully support mothers who work and am obviously one myself, I can't say I personally fall into this category.

    Not feeling pangs of guilt when my daughter is sweetly waving bye to me when I leave for the office? Or when the sitter texts photos to me at work (dagger to the heart!)? Ha! Laughable.

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    We worry about so many things when pregnant, and one of the major concerns is money. Who is making it? Is there enough? Are you going to work or stay home with baby? Sometimes there is no option, but when there is, there are some fascinating findings about the health of mom and baby when mom is a stay-at-home mom.

    When studying the effect of economic hardships on Spain and America, researchers found that high unemployment rates have some incredible benefits for families. These findings could translate into ways that being a stay-at-home mom is the better option.

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    The website Salary.com recently figured out what a stay-at-home mom's job is worth -- were it a paying gig. They calculated the incomes for housekeepers, cooks, daycare teachers, among other occupations moms automatically take on; ballparked the number of hours moms spend doing each of these jobs; and determined that a SAHM's salary would be a whopping $113,568.

    Hey, wait a minute! I do all of these things and I have a paying job, and I'm not netting nearly this much! What the heck am I doing wrong?

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    Are you and the people caring for your kids on the same page? One mom found out the answer to that question the hard way. She posted on Reddit the "eye-opening text I wasn't supposed to see from a daycare provider I was considering for my daughter." At least she caught the conversation before she sent her baby there. Sounds like they weren't exactly simpatico with her kind of parenting style.

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    Today in "royals, they really are just like us," comes news that makes me love Kate Middleton even more than I already do (as if that's possible?). It seems the Duchess of Cambridge is trying to enforce a nanny-free zone for Prince George ... at least as much as she can. She did, after all, just hire her own mum to travel with her and Prince William to Australia in 2014!

    From the way "sources" are talking, Her Royal Highness worries that the little prince may get "more used to the sight of the help than to his own parents."

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    If there were any saying that applied to me, it would be "We are our own worst critics." Especially when it comes to parenting. I think we can all agree that we want so desperately to be the best parents for our children that when we "mess up" or do something we wish we could take back, it really hurts.

    I only wish I had realized this a bit sooner and hadn't spent so much wasted energy shaming myself.

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    I thought nothing was more nerve-wracking than becoming a parent ... that is, until I started my search for childcare before heading back to work. It's a terrifying experience -- handing your child over to a virtual stranger for the better part of the day. With so many awful stories in the news, it's not an easy thing to do whether you opt for a daycare center or a nanny in-home. 

    So The Stir has enlisted the help of experts to help you weed out the wackos and choose the best caregiver for your precious little one.

    It's a must-read for every parent.

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    Can you believe it's already been two weeks since the royal baby, Prince George, was born? Time has just flown by, especially for his poor dad. Prince William's paternity leave is already over. Will is officially back on duty as a search and rescue pilot for the Royal Air Force in Anglesey, Wales as of today, but his next assignment isn't until Wednesday so he'll probably not leave until Tuesday night. Still... only two weeks? That's so short!

    I guess not even a prince can get away with extending his paternity leave. That's too bad. I think two weeks is too short for any new dad, whatever your job is. But I also know that dads rarely take more time off than that. In fact, you're lucky if you even get those two weeks at all.

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    I was browsing a parenting forum the other day when I saw what appeared to be a sincere response to a stay-at-home-mom's lament that she was thoroughly exhausted. "Can't you just nap whenever you want?" the person wrote. "I mean … you're at home." Another commenter chimed in, a little angrily: "Yeah, it's not like I get nap time at work."

    The question of napping sort of stuck with me for some reason. I'm at home with my kids and I've been known to lie down on the job now and then. If they're watching their afternoon cartoons and my work is mostly done, I sometimes stretch out on the couch with a book for a while. But the ability to briefly unplug is a recent phenomenon. As anyone with very young children knows, napping during the day is virtually impossible -- and even now that they're older, it's not exactly a guaranteed side benefit of being a SAHM.

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    Mom of three boys Lisa Endlich Heffernan has an astonishing confession. She regrets being a stay-at-home mom. "Although I am fully aware that being a SAHM was certainly a luxury, staring at an empty nest and very diminished prospects of employment, I have real remorse." Not mixed feelings, not momentary flashes of doubt. She feels remorse. I don't know about you, but I can't remember the last time I heard a woman admit she regrets being a stay-at-home mom. It's almost not allowed, I think.

    Heffernan gives several reasons why she feels that remorse. She worried more, slipped into a more traditional role with her husband, her world narrowed, she lost her confidence, she got sucked into more volunteer work. She's not saying she wishes she'd gone right back to her job full-time after each baby -- just that she wishes she'd found a way to keep a "finger, a toe, or a hand in the working world."

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