Working Parents

Do you have Work/Life Balance? If you don't, then check out this section and help keep the mayhem at bay.

We also have a great set of Work/Life Balance Tips that were posted to our Career Networking group.

 

If you haven't already, join PSP Career Networking to be part of an ongoing dialogue that covers each of these issues, and also check out these pages:

 

Do You Eat Dinner as a Family? And How Do You Do It?

Includes meal planning tips, recipe ideas, and also suggestions for lunch and breakfast too!

 

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Co-sleeping and Returning to Work

The following thread originally appeared on our Working Moms Group about how to transition from a bed-sharing situation with your little one and returning to work.. Be sure to check out more general advice from PSP members about co-sleeping here!

 

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How to Make Work and Two Kids Work

A parents asks the Working Moms Specialty Group how to they manage working and transitioning from one kid to two...

 

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8 Tips to Help With Separation Anxiety

“My little one has started asking me not to leave for work in the morning & misses me.”  Does this sound familiar? Here are 8 tips to help with separation anxiety.

 

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Commuting Into Manhattan for Daycare

Stay local, or take the kids on the subway?  Here are some words of experience.

 

 

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Last Minute, Backup, and Drop-in Childcare Ideas

Your nanny or babysitter has called in sick or you need something at incredibly short notice.  Now what?

 

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Freelancing and Childcare

With freelance working arrangements increasingly prevalent in New York City, one FAQ in Park Slope is how to juggle both a last minute jobs and childcare.

 

 

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How to handle a sick kid and childcare

Coughs and sniffles, fevers and colds. Your kid is sick and how do you determine when they are too sick to go to daycare with a nasty cold or another common bug? How do you handle back-up childcare if you have to miss multiple days of work? How do you negotiate which partner stays home, especially when one or both partners has the kind of job that can't really be done from home?

 

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Separation Anxiety with Baby: Adjusting to Nanny

Working moms talk about how their baby adjusted to nanny and overcoming baby’s separation anxiety.

 

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Asking for a Raise

Members from the PSP Career Networking Group weigh in on how to ask for more money in your current position.

 

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Nonprofit Resources

Here are a list of resources PSP members have found helpful for their Non Profit Organizations.

 

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Negotiating Severance

You just found out your position is being made redundant. You probably have many questions about what to do next and how to handle this new situation.  With the resulting schock that this news can put you in, it can be hard to think about how to best protect yourself when negotiating things like a severance package.  Take a deep breath and a few moments to read what PSP members have to say about their experiences when they were laid off and how they handled getting severance packages.

 

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PSP member question: "Can working parents realistically pick up their children from daycare/preschool at 6pm?"

A PSP member asks the group how working parents can realistically pick up children from daycare by 6pm.  Members share their experiences of how they manage busy work schedules with strict pick up times.

 

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Work/Life Balance—The Conversation Begins

One simple question on one of the PSP lists about starting a new job after maternity leave evolved from a conversation of practical advice to an engaging dialogue about the political system, social dilemmas, and work culture policies surrounding and impacting parenthood. This summary pulls both the practical tips and political critique that came out of this lively conversations...

We Can Do It

 

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How to Stay Organized and Get Focused

Parents share how they get organized at work (and also at home) and talk tips, strategies and more about how to stay focused on the job.

 

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How to Tell Your Spouse You Don't Want to Work With Them

In these tough economic times where the job market is hard, sometimes you want your partner wants you to help work your connections for them and get them a job. But what happens when you don't want to work with them? Here is one member's story, and the advice she received about how to handle it.

 

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PSP's Guide to an Awesome Resume

We share our resumes do’s and don’ts - plus advice from PSP members about how SAHMs handle the employment gap when they transition back to the work force.

 

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Software systems an apps for managing multiple projects and deadlines

PSP members share the tools, software and approaches for managing projects deadlines and teams.

 

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Resources for Working Parents

Working and parenting are each tough enough.   Managing both together--well now we've got a juggling act!  PSP is here to help!   To do this, we've got some great initiatives under our way to help you network and find job opportunities, develop your business or career, and do it all in a way that maximizes your sanity and allows you to enjoy and appreciate the toughest job of all, being a parent.

Here are the resources in this section:

 

Know Your Rights Resources

Here's where you can find out information about Maternity/Paternity Leave, Breastfeeding, Equal Pay, and Pregnancy Discrimintation information.

 

Work/Life Balance Resources

Find resources to help you understand your rights as a working parents, negotiate better leave policies or flexible work arrangements, and be part of a grassroots effort to encourage better family supportive policies in our workplaces and our laws.  [Something enthusiastic and embracing]!

We also have a great set of Work/Life Balance Tips

 

Career Resources

Here are resources to help you advance or change your career, from negotiating salary and benefits, using social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook) to help get the word out, and more!

We even have reviews of Career Book Reviews written by parents going through the process!

 

Networking Resources

If you're a member of Park Slope Parents, join our PSP Career Networking group to make connections, get information about jobs, and get feedback from others about how to excel at your career!

 

Financial Advice

PSP Member Reviews for accountants, financial planners, insurance agents, and more

 

Book List: Leadership Book Recommendations

Original poster asks:

 “I'm looking for some book recommendations for an individual who is transitioning from a staff position to a leadership position at their company. This transition requires them to adjust their skill set and approach, and I wonder if there are any books out there to help those stepping up in such a way to restructure their thinking a bit. Any ideas?”

 

 

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Parental Burnout

A Park Slope Parent Member summarizes how to avoid "parental burnout." 

 

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Don't Do the Dishes! (And Other Irreverent Advice for Creative Parents)

 It’s a bird, it’s a plane, its an Advice Column!

 

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Don't Do the Dishes: Single Parents

A Park Slope parents asks, any suggestions for helping to organize life - from finances, home, work paperwork,  playdates... and especially time for myself ?

 

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Don't Do the Dishes: Scheduling Challenges

Figuring out a Collective Calendar

 

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Back-to-Work Anxiety

A mom faces a return to work with deeply mixed feelings.  Some advice on how to navigate this transition.

 

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The PSP Accountability Buddy Guide

The complete PSP Guide to Accountability Buddies!

 

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PSP Guide to Organizing a Meet Up

There's been a lot of talk about people wanting to meet up.  The only thing stopping you is an organizer, so how about YOU-- Create the meeting you want to attend! Here are a few quick tips to make it happen.

 

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What to say to people who ask "can we grab coffee" or "I'd love to pick brain"

What do you say to people who you don't know that want to meet for coffee, pick your brain, talk about the app they are developing, business solution they are offering, and more....

 

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Tips for a Successful Writers' Group

 PSP shares advice to make your writing group a success.
 To find out about joining the PSP Writers Circle, go HERE.

 

 

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Places to Work, Meet and Rent in the Area

Looking for a quiet coffee bar to work from?  Or maybe a cafe to conduct a business meeting?  Or an event hall for a work party? Or a desk space to rent?  Park Slope Parents recommendations section answers these questions with member suggestions and tips. Here are some quick links to help you find what you are looking for.

 

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Small Business Resources

Organizations that can help you get on your way to creating a successful small business.

 

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Requesting a Work-From-Home Situation

 How to negotiate working remotely rather than commuting 5 days a week.

 

Original Post (November, 2012)

 

I'm seeking advice on how and when to ask my supervisors if I can work one day a week from home.

 

 

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How to connect your way into your next job

One parent shares her tips and resources that keep landing her new jobs.

 

 

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Setting up an LLC

Thinking of setting up an LLC and what type of package to get? Here are some questions and answers parents have shared on the PSP Career Networking Group.

 

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Time Management: An Urban Legend

How to time manage the time management issue.  Here are 10 steps to living the Life You Want.

 

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Adventures in Delegating

Some tasks are a pleasure to delegate - here are some useful tips to outsource those errands and household tasks.

 

 

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W/LB Tip #1: Meal Planning

Menu Planning Tips

 

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W/LB Tip #2: Blocking Time on Outlook

Creating time in your day by scheduling it!

 

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W/LB Tip #3: The FIRST ______ (fill in the blank) Happens when YOU see it!

Count YOUR first time seeing something as the first time.

 

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W/LB Tip #4: Best Places for Ordering In/Taking Out

Good food and a quick way to take care of dinner!

 

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W/LB Tip #5: Read (Preferably Fiction!)

The importance of disconnecting.

 

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W/LB Tip #6: Use Your Commute Time to Transition

Getting the most out of down time.

 

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W/LB Tip #7: You Really Don't Need To....

Saving time by cutting out uneccessary daily chores.

 

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W/LB Tip #8: You Really Don't Need To Answer that Email Right Away

You really don't need to answer that email right away.

 

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W/LB Tip #9: Organizing Your Inbox

I am so excited to be able to bring you some tips from local parent and organizing expert Amanda Wiss, of Urban Clarity, on ORGANIZING YOUR INBOX.   It's virtual space, but the mental effect is the same as a closet full of clutter.    Take an hour to set up a system as she suggests below, and you will definitely save time going forward.

 

Here's Amanda's advice:

 

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W/LB Tip #10: Start a Pick-Up Co-op

Having a back-up for pick up can help you in case you're running late and need a helping hand.

 

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W/LB Tip #13: When the clock strikes 8:30...

Finding ways to use the hours after the kids are asleep to have fun and re-energize.

 

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W/LB Tip #14: Create Family Traditions

Creating moments that will stand out for years.

 

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W/LB Tip #15: De-Cluttering Your Office

A calmer workspace creates more productivity.

 

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W/LB Tip #16: More on Family Traditions

Follow up to people's family traditions.

 

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W/LB Tip #17: De-Cluttering Your Mind

Decluttering your mind is more important than cleaning your desk!

 

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W/LB Tip #18: Happy Mother's Week- Cut yourself some slack

Sometimes the best thing to do is just cut yourself some slack.

 

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W/LB Tip #19: Desktop Activism

Helping all parents have more work-life balance through easy activism.

 

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W/LB Tip #20: How To Focus in the Age of Distraction

How to focus in the age of distraction

 

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W/LB Tip #21 Just Say No

Life coach Anne Baker helps us set boundaries by saying "NO" to keep us more balanced.

 

 

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W/LB Tip #22: Priorities, Priorities

Setting Priorities as a way to get more balance in life.

 

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W/LB Tip #23: Breathe, and then break for summer...

Summer tips to help you BREATHE--and count your blessings while you do so.

 

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Back To Work With a Baby

Here are some tips, words of wisdom, and general advice from Park Slope parents on how to make the transition back to work with a baby as smooth and as stress free as possible…

 

 

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The Debate: Working Long Hours and Parenting

The expectation and normalization of working long hours in the work place and it's impact on parents.

 

 

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Increasing your Productivity

Want to increase your productivity when you work from home? Here are three helpful tips!

 

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Tips for leaving work stresses at work

Do you bring the anxiety of work home with you?  Sometimes it feels like it’s impossible to let go of job related stress.  Here are tips parents have shared about how they let go of work-related negativity. 

 

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How to Negotiate Work Life Balance When Job Hunting

From setting up creative work schedules like coming in early, working from home, after bedtimes, Moms from the PSP Working Mothers group talk tips about how to find, negotiate and juggle the Work/ Life Balance.

 

 

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Decompressing: How to Unwind After Work

It can be very difficult to switch gears, especially depending on your job and your commute. How do working parents unwind? Here are tips from PSP working parents

 

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PSP Member Discussion: Work life balance and liking what you Do?

The Park Slope Parents’ Law specialty group discussed how to maintain a work life balance in an industry notorious for its long and demanding hours.

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Would you keep the job you have now if you didn't have kids?

Would you keep the job you have now if you didn't have kids?

 

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Negotiating Hours at Work

You’ve found a dream job, but maybe not a dream schedule. How do you negotiate the hours you want?

 

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The Impossible Juggling Act: Motherhood and Work

In one of our Baby Groups, moms talked about “having it all” – or rather, debated the realities and the myths surrounding it. One working mother shared this poignant piece by Anne Marie Slaughter (read the full text over on The Atlantic), sparking an interesting debate in the group. This article summarizes snippets of this thought provoking topic and the hot button issues it presses.

 

 

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Balancing Work Travel and Parenting

Working parents talk about how to balance working, traveling and being a parent.

 

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The Real "I Don't Know How She Does It" Moms

You might have seen the Sarah Jessica Parker movie I Don't Know How She Does It (it's streaming on Netflix) or ironically, you might not have had time to watch a movie about a working mom who tries to make time for everything.  Either way, PSP working moms talk about how to get it all done.  Read tips & not so well kept secrets about how to balance the dinners, the packed lunches, the PTA meetings, gymanastics class, work, working out, grocery shopping, and more.

Summarized by Melissa De Witte

 

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Pumping At Work Tips for Breast Feeding Moms

Moms who pump at work are more and more a routine part of today's workplace. Here are some valuable tips for new moms from our network of seasoned pumping pros.

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Missing Firsts

PSP working moms talk about "missing firsts" - first steps, first words, first swing set rides... Here, parents share their tips for dealing with the fear of missing out!

 

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Should I take a break from work?

PSP working mothers talk about taking a break from work.

 

 

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Should I Tell My Boss I'm Pregnant?

Pregnant and considering applying for that promotion at work? PSP working mothers debate the ethics of whether to disclose or not to disclose during the interviewing process.

 

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Starting a new job after maternity leave

New baby, new job? PSP members share what they learned about handling this. 

 

 

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Advice for Interviews Regarding Family Friendly Policies

Members share their experiences in finding employers who are family-friendly...

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Freelancing and Maternity Leave

Advice for freelancers about maternity leave

 

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How to Welcome a First-time Mom Back to Work

Awesome ideas for how to welcome your colleague returning from parental leave...

 

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Should I keep working when salary just covers childcare?

When do the cents make sense: stay at home or work?

 

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Changing Jobs

Balancing work and babies is no easy feat. Feeling compromised inevitably comes up. These emotions might feel more apparent when it’s a job you don’t love, or you don’t feel challenged anymore. It’s tempting to consider switching jobs, but that decision has it’s own set of unique issues: does it make sense to stay in a job that lets you focus on your kids? Are you risking your career by letting your stalling professional growth?
Parents on the Working Moms group talk the pros and cons.

 

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Your Rights: Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Beyond

What are your rights at work, including FMLA, breastfeeding, pregnancy discrimination and beyond! Here are some resources!

 

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U.S. Department of Labor Pages

Information fromthe United States Department of Labor

 

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Organizations Studying and Working for Policy Change

Links to organizations which are studying and working to change policies.

 

 

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What you need to know about Interns

All you need to know about Interns

 

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What You Need To Know About The NYC Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The NYC Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is a recent piece of workplace discrimination legislation that now explicitly requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to workers who are pregnant, recovering from childbirth, nursing or have a pregnancy-relation condition.

 

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Myths and Misunderstandings of Parental/ Maternity Leave

This article addresses the frequently asked questions and assumptions about parental leave, using scenarios based on PSP members' questions to the group.

 

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Tips for Planning and Negotiating your Parental/ Maternity Leave

Here is your go-to guide for planning your parental leave. This article is based on member stories, the perspective of experienced professionals, and careful research by PSP.

 

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Parental Leave and Beyond

So you’re finally on parental leave with your new baby. YAY! Here are some tips to make the time less stressful and more fun as well as hopping back on board when you return to work.

 

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Advice on How to Structure Parental Leave

Wondering how to structure parental leave with your partner? Here, PSP members from the PSP Working Moms group talk about how they structured family leave.

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Splitting the Chores

"Does anyone have a tip on how to divvy up household chores and duties?" was a simple question that resulted in a truely PSP-style way: a lively and engaging discussion about egalitarian households, gender dynamics, work/life balance, and more.

 

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Frozen Breast milk: Shipping and Traveling With it

PSP members share advice about frozen breast milk, from shipping it to packing and traveling with it.

 

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