October 18, 2006Hey all -- We're testing out turning on the ability for folks to comment directly on each blog post starting now. So here's the first test. Comment away! Got an idea you want to share? Test your comments here.
Paid Family Leave
October 9, 2006Crossposted from Playground Revolution The New Republic last week published an essay about three books on motherhood with the inane title: "Mommies, Mommies, Mommies: Meow Mix." I'm not making this up. I couldn't make up a title with such a high cringe factor if my life depended on it. I won't link to it, because, a, you have to subscribe to TNR to get to it, and b, because if all of us smart annoyed moms start clicking their website, they win. Their hit numbers go up and yes, that's good for them. Mother snark has become a tried and true way for magazines and newspapers to ride our rage and rack up sales. We must resist. Glance at a copy on a newstand, then announce loudly to everyone in hearing range that this magazine is snarky and mean to mothers. But don't buy it. Sadly, I've already been in contact with an editor at TNR who seems to think it was a fine piece, and funny. She didn't respond to my charge that their standard for journalism on women's issues is astoundingly lower than their standard for covering other issues in the magazine. She sidestepped it. Snark is clearly okay when it comes to us gals, especially gals with kids at their side.
July 1, 2006Up online now for all to read is Chapter 3 of the Motherhood Manifesto, "O: Open, Flexible Work Options." Then after you read Chapter O, share your thoughts with others on the MomsRising forum . Contrary to what some believe, flexible work options aren't a utopian ideal. In fact, many companies are finding that when they stop managing by the clock, and start managing by work results, as Best Buy did, they see better employee job performance, better employee retention, and lower training and recruitment costs. It can be a win-win situation for all.
May 25, 2006We just posted Chapter "M", about maternity/paternity leave, online. To read Chapter "M", click here. And, we opened a new forum so you can discuss these issues with others. Check out the forum here. Join us online. Read the chapter. Tell your maternity story. Hear others' stories. Pass it on!
May 14, 2006Happy Mother's Day! Here's a piece I just wrote in response to some of the reader comments about Joan and my posts on www.HuffingtonPost.com . Yes, I'm venting a bit. A woman can’t open her mouth these days about motherhood issues without getting called cutely naïve or politically incorrect. It drives me nuts.
May 10, 2006In 1996 I became a mother. I was the first in my group of friends to do so, and was getting an up close and personal lesson about the economic and time crunch that comes with such a leap. I started wondering, how do other moms patch together caring for family and work? What's really going on with mothers right now?