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2020, rough and turbulent as it was, gave us some gifts. One of them was showing us how necessary it is to take care of our whole selves, including what we refer to as mental health. In other words, bringing awareness to how we are feeling and giving ourselves permission to listen to our needs.Before COVID-19 and working from home while facilitating your childrens' online schooling from home, taking a mental health day often meant taking a day to play, sleep or complete to-do list items.With…

How to take a mental health day that *actually* makes you feel better

2020, rough and turbulent as it was, gave us some gifts. One of them was showing us how necessary it is to take care of our whole selves, including what we refer to as mental health. In other words, bringing awareness to how we are feeling and giving ourselves permission to listen to our needs.Before COVID-19 and working from home while facilitating your childrens' online schooling from home, taking a mental health day often meant taking a day to play, sleep or complete to-do list items.With…

Sara Haines, the mom of three kids under five—Caleb Joseph, one, Sandra Grace, three, and Alec Richard, four—and co-host of ABC's The View, had a very unique perspective on life before she even became a parent let alone being a parent during a pandemic.
"Before I had kids, I always said that being present in the moment was a goal in life," says Haines, 43, who is married to Max Shifrin, an attorney. "Now that I have kids, they're a presence and you hope you can be present. Then a pandemic…

'The View’s' Sara Haines wants moms to take care of themselves first

Sara Haines, the mom of three kids under five—Caleb Joseph, one, Sandra Grace, three, and Alec Richard, four—and co-host of ABC's The View, had a very unique perspective on life before she even became a parent let alone being a parent during a pandemic. "Before I had kids, I always said that being present in the moment was a goal in life," says Haines, 43, who is married to Max Shifrin, an attorney. "Now that I have kids, they're a presence and you hope you can be present. Then a pandemic…

Before the word "pandemic" was even spoken this year, before face masks became a major style essential, and before my commute started consisting of only 10 steps to a tiny desk in my daughter's playroom, I already knew that this would be a challenging year for me professionally. I rolled into 2020 six months pregnant, and like most expecting moms who know they are returning to work, I felt a bit of gloom at the prospect of preparing to leave for 12 weeks of maternity leave, and then even…

To the boss who's given me empathy and empowerment this year, thank you

Before the word "pandemic" was even spoken this year, before face masks became a major style essential, and before my commute started consisting of only 10 steps to a tiny desk in my daughter's playroom, I already knew that this would be a challenging year for me professionally. I rolled into 2020 six months pregnant, and like most expecting moms who know they are returning to work, I felt a bit of gloom at the prospect of preparing to leave for 12 weeks of maternity leave, and then even…

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We need to stop saying (as so many media outlets have been, for months) that women have "dropped out" of the workforce this year.First, it makes women sound like quitters when really, we've been crushed by the impossible, competing demands of caregiving (such as raising kids and caring for parents) and breadwinning (making money). Second, when headlines refer to women, they often really mean moms. So let's call this what it is: Our culture's deeply ingrained sexism has pushed women from the…

Moms are not "dropping out" of the workforce, they're being pushed out

We need to stop saying (as so many media outlets have been, for months) that women have "dropped out" of the workforce this year.First, it makes women sound like quitters when really, we've been crushed by the impossible, competing demands of caregiving (such as raising kids and caring for parents) and breadwinning (making money). Second, when headlines refer to women, they often really mean moms. So let's call this what it is: Our culture's deeply ingrained sexism has pushed women from the…

As every stay-at-home parent knows, what you're doing is work. Real work. But for stay-at-home-moms and parents who have stepped back from the traditional workforce (whether temporarily, involuntarily or by choice) saving for retirement can feel like a challenge. How do you plan for retirement when you're not bringing in a paycheck?The good news is, just because you're not getting a 401(k) match from a company right now doesn't mean you need to give up on planning for the future. We spoke…

How should stay-at-home parents save for retirement?

As every stay-at-home parent knows, what you're doing is work. Real work. But for stay-at-home-moms and parents who have stepped back from the traditional workforce (whether temporarily, involuntarily or by choice) saving for retirement can feel like a challenge. How do you plan for retirement when you're not bringing in a paycheck?The good news is, just because you're not getting a 401(k) match from a company right now doesn't mean you need to give up on planning for the future. We spoke…

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Essential gear for working from home with a newbornBliss BouncerA lifesaver. I once took a phone call from a White House aide on a breaking news story while rocking my baby in this seat with my foot. Deadline: Met. Baby: Content. (Read my full review on The BabyBjorn bouncer; it rules).Explore CarrierKeeping baby close. Moms are obsessed with the The BabyTula Explore Carrier for good reason. It's an all-in-one carrier (no infant insert required!) that you can use with your little one for up…

Ask Motherly: Can you *really* work from home with a newborn (and no childcare)?

Essential gear for working from home with a newbornBliss BouncerA lifesaver. I once took a phone call from a White House aide on a breaking news story while rocking my baby in this seat with my foot. Deadline: Met. Baby: Content. (Read my full review on The BabyBjorn bouncer; it rules).Explore CarrierKeeping baby close. Moms are obsessed with the The BabyTula Explore Carrier for good reason. It's an all-in-one carrier (no infant insert required!) that you can use with your little one for up…

Full disclosure: I never set out to be an entrepreneur or a mother. Yet here I am. Proud co-founder of two companies, and loving co-parent to two wacky children. A little over a decade ago, I was happily working as an art producer at an ad agency in Soho. After some health issues and a trekking trip in Patagonia, my husband and I decided we'd be parents of world travel and not children. Two months later I was sitting on the toilet holding a positive pregnancy test. The birth of my daughter…
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Despite the encouraging growth of free or subsidized preschools in some American cities, the fact remains that preschool and daycare cost about as much as rent in many areas.But there's some good news, which is that parents who paid tuition in 2019 for preschool or daycare in order to work may qualify for a credit that can help you save money on taxes this year. Here's what all parents should know before filing their returns on July 15, 2020, the updated tax deadline.Is preschool tuition…

Is preschool tuition tax-deductible?

Despite the encouraging growth of free or subsidized preschools in some American cities, the fact remains that preschool and daycare cost about as much as rent in many areas.But there's some good news, which is that parents who paid tuition in 2019 for preschool or daycare in order to work may qualify for a credit that can help you save money on taxes this year. Here's what all parents should know before filing their returns on July 15, 2020, the updated tax deadline.Is preschool tuition…

As a mom, I say the phrase 'let me just…' to my kids more times a day than I can count.
Yes, I can help you log into your class, let me just send this email.Yes, I can play with you, let me just make one more call.Yes, I can get you a snack, let me just empty the dishwasher.
I say it a lot at work, too.
Yes, I can write that article, let me just clear my inbox.Yes, I can clear my inbox, let me just finish this meeting.Yes, I can attend that meeting, let me just get this project out the…

To the working mamas who feel like they're failing every. single. day

As a mom, I say the phrase 'let me just…' to my kids more times a day than I can count. Yes, I can help you log into your class, let me just send this email.Yes, I can play with you, let me just make one more call.Yes, I can get you a snack, let me just empty the dishwasher. I say it a lot at work, too. Yes, I can write that article, let me just clear my inbox.Yes, I can clear my inbox, let me just finish this meeting.Yes, I can attend that meeting, let me just get this project out the…

This post is brought to you by Staples. While this was a sponsored opportunity, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.One of the biggest changes in my household once my daughter started homeschooling was that, suddenly, everything and everyone in our home had to start pulling double duty. While I was used to wearing a lot of hats (mom, wife and WFH employee, to name a few), suddenly our dining room was also pulling shifts as a classroom. My laptop was also a virtual teacher. Our…

We love these 10 multi-tasking office products that work both for homeschool + WFH

This post is brought to you by Staples. While this was a sponsored opportunity, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.One of the biggest changes in my household once my daughter started homeschooling was that, suddenly, everything and everyone in our home had to start pulling double duty. While I was used to wearing a lot of hats (mom, wife and WFH employee, to name a few), suddenly our dining room was also pulling shifts as a classroom. My laptop was also a virtual teacher. Our…

Juggling career, childcare and distance learning at the same time is no small feat, and working moms in particular are shouldering the burden of the unprecedented pressures created by the pandemic. Many moms have already been forced to leave the workforce because of these conflicting demands. A recent FlexJobs survey found that since the pandemic started, 17% of working mothers quit their jobs during the pandemic—nearly 1 in 5, compared to 10% of working fathers who reported the same thing—1…

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Of course, setting up your work strategy is a top priority—time blocking, scheduling working 'shifts' with your partner, using apps like Slack and Zoom to communicate with your team. But, I've found that having a toolbox of products makes everything just a little easier.
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I've worked from home for years—here's what keeps me productive

Of course, setting up your work strategy is a top priority—time blocking, scheduling working 'shifts' with your partner, using apps like Slack and Zoom to communicate with your team. But, I've found that having a toolbox of products makes everything just a little easier.