Working Mother Topics

This section discusses the issues and topics that mothers face in the workplace.

 

Advice for Interviews Regarding Family Friendly Policies

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

 

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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.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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