How working parents can make family meals happen

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.

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Daisy Dowling
How to Handle Work When Your Child Is Sick

“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...

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Daisy Dowling
7 Simple Ways Working Parents Can Simultaneously Improve Their Careers, Their Families, and Themselves

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.

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Daisy Dowling
When You’re Leaving Your Job Because of Your Kids

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.

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Daisy Dowling
Balancing Parenting and Work Stress: A Guide

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 Too often it’s contradictory, vague, out of date, unactionable, even downright disheartening.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.

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Daisy Dowling
The Best Ways Your Organization Can Support Working Parents

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.

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Daisy Dowling