How working parents can make family meals happen
You Need a Better Retention Plan for Working Parents
Dinnertime is one of the danger zones of working parenthood, where the strains of your dual role feel the most acute.
Fortunately, by using simple, specific tactics — 13 of the most powerful are below — you can go a long way in taming the logistics, reducing your sense of strain, and making more family meals happen.
How to Launch a Working Parents Group in Your Organization
You’re a leader with ambitious goals for yourself and your team in 2019. The plan is set, the performance, growth, and efficiency targets committed to. But, to be fully prepared for the year, there is one issue that should be at the top of your priority list: the Working Parent Problem.
How Working Parents Can Manage the Demands of School-Age Kids
It finally happened: You got the buy-in to launch a (much-needed!) working parents’ network in your organization. You’ve done everything needed to get this thing up and running. But as the energy and excitement from that first event fades, you’re left wondering: Now what?
How Working Parents Can Feel Less Overwhelmed and More in Control
For working parents with school-age children, this time of year is especially chaotic.
Your task list is endless, your stress level high. And a lot of the work and worry seems to be coming from one place: your child’s school.
How to Work From Home When You Have Kids
If you’re a working parent, chances are excellent that at any given time, your to-do list stretches on, and on, and on — an endless, and eternally growing, list of deliverables. Is it any wonder that research shows that most working parents feel stressed, tired, and rushed? Or that when you look ahead, you feel more than a little overwhelmed?
How to Handle Work When Your Child Is Sick
Finally: You’ve got the chance to work remotely. Just you, a comfortable home office, and the opportunity to spend more time with your kids.
Now comes the hard part.
7 Simple Ways Working Parents Can Simultaneously Improve Their Careers, Their Families, and Themselves
“Mommy/Daddy, I don’t feel so good.”
It’s a phrase that, along with its nonverbal equivalent – that glazed, pale, listless look that your kids get when they’re coming down with something — that you’ve learned to dread. Because whatever the ailment, be it flu, stomach bug, sprain, or other, two things are now certain...
What the U.S. Military Can Teach Companies About Supporting Employees’ Families
There are three things that all working parents have in common: (1) a lack of time; (2) a feeling that we should be spending more time — at work, with our kids, at the gym, or engaged in any number of important activities that get squeezed when we have too much to do; and (3) an uneasy, guilty, powerless, nagging feeling about all of it.
There’s a better way.
When You’re Leaving Your Job Because of Your Kids
There’s an unexpected source of insight, solutions, and resolve for all working parents grappling with the dual failure-is-not-an-option challenges of managing career and kids — and for every organization struggling to find meaningful, practical ways to support its working-parent employees.
That source is the U.S. military.
Balancing Parenting and Work Stress: A Guide
You’ve decided to leave the organization, and the decision was driven by your needs as a working parent. The question now is how – how to leave in the right way, how to be credible, honest and transparent while acting in your own best interests, and how to preserve the long-term career capital you’ve worked so hard to create.
The Best Ways Your Organization Can Support Working Parents
Most working parents look to their networks of mentors, coworkers, and professional contacts for advice on balancing the competing demands of work and home. But the off-the-cuff guidance that most new working parents in the U.S. get, even if it’s candid and well-intentioned, isn’t always helpful. Too often it’s contradictory, vague, out of date, unactionable, even downright disheartening. With so many professional fathers and mothers depending on this common wisdom, it’s no wonder workforce opt-out rates aren’t budging and so many working parents report feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. Although it’s a go-to resource, the working-parent grapevine doesn’t always provide the most useful or can-do support.
Unlimited leave. Executive coaches for new mothers. Food takeout vouchers. “Flying nannies” who join their executive employers on business trips. In their efforts to do the right thing and woo talent, organizations of all kinds are reaching for headline-grabbing solutions. But what if your organization can’t offer glossy, cutting-edge benefits? What if they’re too costly, don’t work structurally, fly in the face of your corporate culture — or don’t have senior management’s support?
Not to worry: The most powerful work-life solutions are ones every organization can implement. They’re low-intervention and low-drama. Managers can spearhead many of them, even without institutional backing. And none of them cost an incremental dime.