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Dads Want Workplace Flexibility, Too, Expert Says

When I wrote last week about workplace flexibility and my frustration that so many mothers have to drop out of their careers because of the lack of it, you had a lot to say. Some of you have experienced the same frustration, while others vented...Workplace flexibility isn't just a "mommy" problem.

Relax, Parents - You're Spending More Time With Your Kids Than You Think

Even the First Family makes time for play. Credit: Joe Raedle, Getty Images
Finally, a study that doesn't send parents into a spiral of guilt, shame and despair: Research findings show that the amount of time parents spend with their children...

Alyson Schafer: On Mealtimes, Mishaps and Life as a Parent Educator

Alyson Schafer is a Toronto-based psychotherapist, parenting expert and mother of two teens, Zoe (15) and Lucy (14). She's the author of Breaking The Good Mom Myth and Honey I Wrecked The Kids, and the host of call-in TV program The Parenting Show....

Travel Soccer, Perfect Parents, and More - Links We Love

Travel sports are a huge commitment, both for families and for kids. Can you see yourself as a travel team parent, or are rec leagues more your speed? -- On Parenting Worried you're not a perfect mother? You can stop worrying, because she...

YMCA Day Care Workers Suspended Over Salty Punishment

To my knowledge, pickling salt has no legitimate use other than for pickling and canning foods. For that reason, I can't imagine why anyone other than a cook would keep a supply of the stuff on hand. But not only did a YMCA day care center in South...

Reese Witherspoon, DIY Castles, and Packing Lists - Links We Love

Got a little princess and a free weekend ahead? Try your hand at making her a castle. -- Alphamom Ready or not, here it (Christmas shopping, that is) comes! Get some hints with Babble's holiday gift guide. -- Babble Traveling with baby over...

Halloween guilt trip

For the past few weeks,my husband has been working nearly around the clock on a big project at work. Leaving early in the morning, coming home late at night and spending weekends with his nose to the grindstone at the kitchen table. Because of the...

Melanie Brown is a demanding mom

Spice Girl Melanie Brown has a working wish list that a lot of parents would envy. She says that before she will agree to take a job, her prospective employer must agree to some basic ground rules: her children must be allowed to accompany her to...

What would you outsource?

I made a to-do list this morning of things that MUST get done tomorrow; it includes going to the grocery and the cleaners and the UPS store, paying the bills, and writing three thank-you notes. Oh and I also have to work. And I may have promised to...

Share and share alike: Equal parenting

Admit it: at some point in your life as a parent, you have added up all the things you do for the children and the house and the family. If you are lucky, this accounting has not been part of a larger wrangle about what's fair in your house, but it...

Another day off

So, today is President's Day and Ellie is out of school. Again. For reasons that are unclear to me, she was also off this past Friday (the calendar just says "no school"). In looking ahead on that calendar, I see that she has a week off next month...

Working moms and snow days

I'm extremely fortunate to have a job I can do from home, especially during a freaky winter like the one we've had so far, where as one storm finishes up and everything has been shoveled, another rolls in. (A big one is predicted to hit tonight!)...

Eminem puts his daughter before career

I often wonder how people who travel a lot for work deal with leaving their kids behind. Celebrities and regular folks alike who must leave home in order to work surely deal with guilt and anguish each time they pack their bags. I know I wouldn't...

Adjusting to a new schedule

It's been a few weeks now since Jared and Sara started school. It's taken some time, but I think we're finally adjusting to the new schedule. Rachel is up at some ungodly hour and out of the house by 6:30. I'm up somewhere between 6 and 6:30 and...

Keeping latchkey kids safe

I worked full-time outside of the home throughout Christie's childhood. For the first 10 years or so, she spent her after-school hours either in day care or at Grandma's house. The cost of daycare was killing us financially, and while Grandma was...

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