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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 fre...

Jobs that are hard to explain

When I was a kid, the adults around me had professions that were easily labeled and understood: farmers raised crops or animals; policemen caught bad guys and kept us safe, teachers taught, bank tellers banked, and secretaries answered phones and had...

Mr. Mom gets no respect

In the United Kingdom, more than 200,000 fathers have made the choice to give up their careers in order to stay home with their kids, an 83 percent increase in the number of "househusbands" since 1993. Personally, I applaud this trend of fathers beco...

Survey says moms tired of working

Moms are less interested in working outside the home, according to a recent survey. In the last decade, the number of moms who want to work full-time has dropped significantly -- with only 21% of moms who work outside the home describing their situ...

Homemaker doesn't make the cut: 25 Best Careers of 2007

US News released its "Best Careers 2007", highlighting the 25 best jobs in the country for this year. Not surprisingly -- perhaps because they are not paid, and perhaps because Parenthood is not considered a "career" - domestic engineer did not make ...

How to keep kids busy while you work from home

While I'd rather play games at the park all afternoon, there are some days when I need to get a little work done while my daughter is around. For many parents who work from a home office and have their kids full-time, this is an everyday reality -- a...

Parent vs Parent: Choosing to work out of the home

Choosing to work, instead of staying at home with your child, is often not a choice at all. The reality of life and the cost of living tend to make the decision for you. But there is another aspect of going back to work after having a child that is r...

How do parents divide the work?

Having kids in the house creates a lot of work. All that cooking, cleaning, laundry and homework has to get done somehow. With many moms working, the idea that housework is women's work has gone by the wayside. At a dinner party recently, the talk...

Sacrifices made in the name of family

In the summer of 2004, my husband was involuntarily separated from the payroll system where he worked. In other words, he got canned. Considering he is the primary bread-winner in our house, this was a serious situation. We had moved here for that jo...

Portrait of a Working Mom: The Sick Day

Like many co-parenting families, nothing gets us hot-headed faster than a day that starts with a feverish kid. What do you mean you can't stay home? Why does your job always come before mine? Of course being the mom, and thereby the more worrisome of...

Worker flexibility key to achieving work/life balance?

Before I resigned from my downtown corporate job, I had requested a four-day work week. This is common practise in Canada, especially for new parents working for large corporations. My company at the time allowed flex-hours for new Moms and Dads for...

Survey: U.S. workplace not family-oriented

The difficulty of balancing work and family is a common strain many parents experience. Apparently, it is more common for parents working in the United States. According to a study by Harvard and McGill Universities, the U.S. lags far behind virtuall...

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