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Why Are Parenthood And Professionalism At Odds?

Why are parenthood and professionalism so often at odds? In the almost seven years that I've been a parent myself, I've struggled with this dynamic. Having to call in sick because your baby is puking or your sitter didn't show. Hearing whines and whoops as the soundtrack during business calls. These sorts of things are highly frowned upon in the business world.
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Working From Home With Kids Sucks

Hey there, guy from the BBC viral video from last week. I know, you must feel completely mortified as the entire world found out that you were more than just an expert on South Korea. GASP! You're a father, too! Working from home, or doing a job that requires a lot of your work to happen in your home, is rough when you have kids.
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Things I Can and Can't Blame My Children For

People, not parents, struggle to find the time and energy to do the things they know they should. Anyhow, it struck me that there are some things I can (and will!) blame my children for, cheerfully, and some things that I resolve I will not blame them for. I want them to know I can prioritise what's important for my own wellbeing, so that they can learn from me.
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So, You're a Working Mom... Big Deal

When did the term "working mom" come into the popular vernacular? I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why any woman with a job and children would describe herself as a working mom. My husband is a wonderful father, and great business leader, however, he does not refer to himself as a working dad. In fact, I don't know one man who works while raising a family and calls himself a working dad. So why do we?
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Are Parent-Friendly Workplaces Really Fair For Everyone?

Parents are subject to the same questions child-free people are about their tardiness and absences. The difference is that, yes, parents have more reasons that this might happen. We can't make our four-year-olds walk to school themselves or walk themselves home from school, let themselves in and boil up some chicken soup. The issue is how employers treat these differences between employees' life styles.
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Do Working Parents Deserve First Dibs On Shifts?

A Canadian federal court upheld a human rights tribunal's finding that employers have an obligation to try to accommodate employee needs as they pertain to childcare. That means if your boss can reasonably let you work the day shift so you can drop your kid at daycare, then she has to. This isn't about every parent trumping every non-parent. It is designed to protect those who would otherwise be forced to leave their job. Having children may be a choice, but taking care of them is not. Juggling work and childcare is hard enough for working parents on a typical schedule.