Archive | maternity leave

Why ‘Going Part-Time’ Can Be a Trap 

It’s an alluring option, especially in the early years of raising children, when everything feels one Jenga piece away from a catastrophic collapse: “I’ll go part-time,” you tell yourself. You decide to talk to your manager and negotiate a plan to scale down the scope of your full-time position—and also your pay. The…Read more… Continue […]

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How to (Happily) Return to Work After Your Parental Leave 

After spending a few wonderful, exhausting months at home with my newborn son Max, I’m back, blinking into the sun (or rather, my LED desk lamp) as I try to navigate this transition back to work. Here’s some advice for fellow travelers, both from my experience and from the wise parents in the Offspring Facebook […]

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Dads, Take Your Parental Leave

The numbers show that many dads believe fathers should take parental leave to care for their newborns. But maybe they mean in theory. Because while two-thirds of women use all of their paid parental leave, only 36 percent of men do the same, according to the latest survey by the Society for Human Resource Management.…Read […]

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The GOP’s Paid Leave Plan Sucks Just As Much As Everything Else They’ve Done

by Kate Harveston Roughly 83 years ago, when Republicans in government had their first opportunity to speak on the public record about Social Security — what was then a brand-new social program and the most progressive endeavor of its time — they chose to liken it to dictatorship and slavery. This …Continue reading Continue Reading […]

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Introducing ‘How I Parent’ 

We’re launching “How I Parent,” a new Offspring column inspired by Lifehacker’s “How I Work” series. We’ll be asking moms and dads to share glimpses of their daily lives and their best tricks and routines for getting things done. The column was sprung from an idea by a member of our Facebook group, who’s talking […]

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Find Out How Family-Friendly a Company Is 

Supporting families is good for employees, and good for business. Parents or future parents want to, need to, work for companies that understand this, but benefits such as parental leave and child care stipends and the opportunity to have some flex time when you’re figuring out how to take care of a new human aren’t…Read […]

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Why Does America Hate Mothers So Much?

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) just celebrated 25 years of existence. It is wonderful that it exists, but it was always meant as a first step to create a better work/life balance for parents. It hasn’t progressed in 25 years and women continue to be punished for having children. These are …Continue reading […]

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This Maternity Leave Registry Site Lets You Crowdfund Time With Your Baby

Here’s a statistic for you: Nearly 1 in 4 new mothers in the U.S. return to work two weeks after giving birth. If you think that sounds pretty bad but can’t fully grasp why, let Quartz’s Maureen Shaw offer you some visual descriptions with her essay “The Painful, Hidden Hell That Awaits Mothers Who Return […]

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Why You Should Consider Spacing Out Your Parental Leave, Like Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are expecting another baby soon, and the Facebook CEO wrote a post about how he plans to take some time off from work to spend with his growing family. As he did with his first daughter Max, Zuckerberg will take two months of paternity leave to bond with […]

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Would You Put a “Pregnancy Pause” on Your LinkedIn Profile?

A few years ago, I left my job at a newspaper to stay home with my infant daughter full-time. Ten months later, I was ready—so freaking ready—to return to the workplace. So I opened up my résumé and prepared to send it off to people who might want to hire me.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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