Updated: May 28
Nearly all of us are or will be in some way impacted by this topic. ~ David M. Reile, Ph.D.
JOB SEARCHING: Best of the Best for Working Moms
More than 27 years ago, Working Mother magazine began researching companies nationwide to discover which ones most successfully honored the dual roles of mothers who worked. The result has grown into not only the annual “Working Mother 100 Best Companies” list, but now also includes lists geared towards the best companies for hourly workers, women of various cultural backgrounds, those interested in environmentally-friendly workplaces, and more. Check out the 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies list and see what hits home with you.
TOP TEN: Things to Never Say to a Working Mom
Amazed by some of the things that people will say to a mom who works outside the home? “It’s cute when they call your nanny ‘Mama’, or “You must feel so guilty.” If you or your clients are one of the many women who carry both roles, see how many sound familiar by reading all 10 pet peeves.
FOCUS ON: Time Off– A Look at Maternity Benefits Worldwide
According to a study released by Human Rights Watch in February 2011, the United States is one of only three countries out of 178 that does not offer paid leave for new mothers (the others are Papua New Guinea and Swaziland). To read more, and to access the full report, check out www.hrw.org . Interested in learning more about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which guarantees 12 weeks of unpaid leave for employees of companies employing more than 50 workers? Visit the Department of Labor website.
FOR PRACTITIONERS: On Balance
Looking for ways to create a sense of balance between motherhood and work? Christa Carone, the Chief Marketing Officer of Xerox, penned some thoughts about the subject in July 2012 for Forbes magazine. Among other things, she suggests that understanding your own limits, goals, and priorities can help draw a realistic picture of how you can find that equilibrium. Read more suggestions to help your clients.
“The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.” - Jane Sellman
“Each suburban wife struggles with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night- she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question– ‘Is this all?” - Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique