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Aussies recommend 18 weeks paid maternity leave

The Australian government may allow new mothers 18 weeks paid maternity leave so they can spend more time with their newborns. Under the same plan, dads would be allowed two weeks of paid leave, as well. The scheme (and I love how they call it a...

One in four workers can't unplug

Twenty-four hour Internet access is so common these days that one out of every four workers plan to work during their 2008 vacations, according to a survey conducted by careerbuilder.com, which is an increase of 20 percent over the previous year's...

Tony Dovolani's wife lets him sleep through nighttime feedings

Dancing With the Stars pro Tony Dovolani and his wife Lina welcomed twins Adrian and Ariana to their family last month. The twins make three for the couple, who are also mom and dad to three-year-old daughter Luana. While fellow celeb dad of twins...

Bridget Jones - Ruining families everywhere

Who's to blame for the demise of the nuclear family? Why, Bridget Jones, of course. Wait ... what? A fictional character responsible for breaking up families? That's what David Willetts, who recently spoke at the UK's Conservative party conference...

Working moms bad for America

Sarah Palin's nomination to the Republican Presidential ticket has brought the debate about working moms back into the media -- and into kitchens and offices across the country. Palin is both being lauded as a role model for balancing her career and...

Moms more likely to get laid off

We all know the economy is bad these days -- have you filled up your car lately? bought milk? checked the stock market? For many families, the one thing standing between them and financial stress is Mom's job. Except that in an economic downturn,...

Great bags for every day

Handbags are a great purchase: they are practical, for starters (think of all the stuff you have to lug around with you every day) and they're an easy way to upgrade even the most basic Mom Uniform. And unlike your jeans, a handbag ALWAYS fits, no...

Leaving on a jet plane: Helping kids deal with parents who travel

One of my very favorite commercials is the one where the dad goes away on a business trip and his daughter gives him her stuffed monkey to take along; he uses his cell phone to photograph the monkey in various places while he's traveling and sends...

Utah goes to a four-day work week

State employees in Utah are about to get an extra day off -- sort of. The state government is switching to a four-by-ten work week, beginning in August. Instead of working eight hours a day, Monday through Friday, about 17,000 workers will put in ten...

Dads want to stay home too

It comes as no surprise to me -- I said essentially the same thing a year ago -- that dads want to stay home with the kids. According to a survey conducted by CareerBuilder.com, thirty-seven percent of working dads said they would quit working to be...

Tips for telling your boss you're pregnant

I've now had the experience of sharing with two separate bosses the news of my impending joy. No one knew how it would go, regardless of whether it was rehearsed or just seemed like an opportune moment. Reactions vary by person depending on what...

Do you nap on vacation?

I've had a bit of a cold or something the whole time we've been up here by Lake Tahoe and yesterday, it kinda caught up with me. We put the kids down for a nap and I decided to lie down for just a bit. I told Rachel I was only going to rest for half...

Do you feel trapped by your kids?

Don't get me wrong -- I love my kids. I would do anything for them up to and including taking a bullet for them, figuratively and literally. That, however, doesn't mean I'm actively looking to become a martyr on their behalf. Quite the opposite, in...

I'm so tired

I am so, so, so, so tired. I am so tired that I want to write all in caps, just to get my point across. I want to come up with a haiku about how tired I am, but am too tired to remember all the numbering. I am so tired that I can't even muster up...

Givers and takers

My friend Scotty has always said that there are givers and takers in this world -- people either give more than they take or they take more than they give. He also claims that I'm a giver, but I've always responded that I'm a taker -- I'm just not...

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