So,  working and parenting are each tough enough.   Managing both together--well, XYZ [we can work on the copy later!].   We want to help you!   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.

 

To get started, join PSP Career Networking to be part of an ongoing dialogue that covers each of these issues, and also check out these pages:

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Time and Sanity Saving Tips for Parents

Do you ever feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day? Trying to balance cooking, cleaning, and parenting in general is not an easy task. The good news is that you are not alone! The Park Slope Parents Working Moms group had a discussion of how to make life less hectic that they have found to help stave off the insanity. We have compiled the helpful tips and advice on how to balance it all while still finding time for yourself.

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Unlimited Vacation Time Pros and Cons

Unlimited Vacation Time Pros and Cons Compilation 2018
 
I was wondering if anyone actually has experience with "unlimited vacation". When I first heard of it on this list, I thought it was too good to be true, and I was right, at least according to this article I read:
 
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The Work-from-Home Parent’s Guide to Finding a Nanny

Looking for a nanny is always an involved process, and if you work from home full-time, there are additional considerations to factor in. Here, you’ll find experiences from WFH parents who have successfully navigated the hiring process.

No matter your working situation, be sure to review the PSP Guide to Hiring a Nanny for help with all steps of the process—from posting an ISO ad to welcoming your new nanny into your home.

Remote Work Secrets from PSP Members

Onboarding a new role remotely for the first time? PSP members have tips for a smooth transition.

Balancing work and taking care of your kids full-time? Also check out WFH without childcare: Top tips for making it work.

Not yet a member of Park Slope Parents? Join us today and get connected to your community. If you’re a member who’d like to join the Working Moms Group, head HERE!

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Supporting Your Partner During Business Travel

Leaving your family at home when you’re away on business can be a challenge. Below are tips from our PSP Dads on making things easier on your partner—and therefore on yourself as well.

Want to connect with fellow working parents? Find the Career Networking GroupHERE in your PSP membership account, the Dads GroupHERE, and the Working Moms GroupHERE.

Not yet a member of PSP?Join us today to get connected to dozens of specialty groups for all

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PSP Productivity Hacks

Park Slope Parents held a brainstorming session for folks to share their productivity secrets, including email hacks, hidden gems from the App Store, and strategies for staying focused.

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Return to Work Resources

Park Slope Parents members on our Stay-at-Home Parents (SAHP) Group have recommended resources for a parent looking to rejoin the workforce after a three-year gap.

Whether you’re a SAHP or a working parent looking to network with others in your industry, PSP has a group for you! Join our community HERE; and if you’re already a member, get signed up for the SAHP Group, Career Networking Group, or specialty career groups HERE.

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Banishing Zoom Fatigue: Tips for Spicing Up Your Next Meeting or Gathering

“Oops, I think you’re on mute.” “Okay, can you all see my screen?” “Please place your questions in the chat.” At this point, you’re likely all too familiar with the soundtrack of a Zoom meeting—and no, you’re not alone in your fatigue with this format. That’s why we’ve compiled suggestions from our creative community members—plus spilling a few secrets sourced directly from PSP headquarters!

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Working Moms Pep Talk

When one mother wrote to the group worried about going back to work, positive responses came pouring in. Here, we pulled together their replies. In sum: you got this!

Q&A With a Better Balance About the New Paid Family Leave Laws in New York State

Paid family leave in New York goes into effect on January 1, 2018. And those who have kids in 2017 may take paid family leave in 2018, as long as they take leave within a year of the birth.

 In response to the many questions on various Park Slope Parents listserves, Park Slope parent & ABB Board Member Elizabeth Saylor put together the below question and answer. Molly Weston Williamson, a staff attorney at A Better Balance, helped her with this.

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Talking to Unemployed People

Tips on how to talk with unemployed friends and parents.
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Freelancing Websites

A list of website resources for freelancers.

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How to Deal with a Deliquent Client

PSP member advice for dealing with a client that does not pay their invoice.

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The PSP Guide to Securing Backup/ Emergency/ Last Minute Childcare

Uh oh. You’ve found yourself needing unexpected childcare. Maybe your nanny or babysitter has just called in sick or you are a freelancer and a job just came in at short notice. Or something else has come up and you find yourself needing a babysitter. What can you do?  

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Mat Leave Tips for Motivated Moms

Do you consider yourself Type A? Have you been angling for overtime and promotions since your teenage years? Is it hard to remember the last time you took PTO? If you’re a bit of a self-professed careerist, you may be concerned about jeopardizing your professional advancement while on maternity leave. Fortunately, fellow working moms are here to offer wisdom and solace. (Spoiler alert: Yes, it is possible to take full advantage of your mat leave

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Work affirmations: "So happy to be back at work!"

 One PSP parent shared an observation to their group that kickstarted an awesome dialogue. They wrote: “Overall, it feels like the majority of messages I've received from all directions say that when you go back to work, you'll hate your job and feel distracted and guilty all day that you aren't with your baby. That it'll be impossible to be in a different location than your sweet baby angel all day. After hearing this so often, I really started

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Should I take a break from work?

PSP working mothers talk about taking a break from work. This article summarizes two exchanges on our PSP forums, one discussion (2014) with a parent working part-time and deciding whether she should stop, and another thread (2017) about one mother on maternity leave who is debating whether she should return to her job

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Work, Pregnancy, and Complications

What to do when work is complicated, your pregnancy is complicated, and life just feels complicated. PSP members share their advice and experiences about navigating their employer, emotions, and the law.

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WFH without childcare: Top tips for making it work

Being able to work from home during the pandemic is a privilege, but with many schools and childcare facilities closed, you may be saddled with the Sisyphean task of being a full-time employee on top of a full-time parent. Read on for some reassurance and solidarity from members who are handling the juggling act—PLUS some tips on navigating conversations around remote work with your manager.

 

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Working Moms Mental Health Check-In: Webinar Notes

Thank you to everyone who took the time to join us for our most recent mental health check-in! Beth Manitsky, LMSW, who practices here in Park Slope, offered some tools and advice to put everything into perspective and help us recognize that we’re not going through it alone. Below, we’ve compiled some key takeaways from the check-in.

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