News Roundup

Some of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • Buzzfeed profiles a “tiny Picasso,” including her artwork, shown here.
  • The New York Times offers advice for helping children grieve the loss of a pet.
  • Parents shares 10 ways for busy moms to find harmony even when they only have a few minutes, including apps, scents, and music therapy.
  • Scary Mommy explains “how to name your baby in peace,” even while others are not-so-silently judging you.
  • The Washington Post reports that a Colorado father is trying to ban preteens from owning smartphones.
  • New York magazine’s Vulture explains why kids are getting into comic books aimed at them.
  • Doctor Kate addresses parents’ internet-induced fears of “dry drowning,” which is often described incorrectly.
  • At a recent speech, the BBC reports, an educational leader advised that “girls should be encouraged to take the sorts of risks boys were more likely to take,” but “they should also be taught to say no and not always be willing to please.”
  • Café Mom explains the potential risks of using fetal heart monitors.
  • Recipe of the week: Food Network’s roasted turkey and basil cream cheese pinwheel sandwiches can be made ahead of time, and the kids can help.
  • Laugh of the week: The Onion investigates in this video: “Can A Mother Actually Lift A Car If Her Child Is Trapped Under It?”

Also, do be sure to check out the news update over at Corporette!

On Corporette Recently…

  • We offered advice on how to navigate Los Angeles as part of Corporette’s City Guide series, including where to stay, eat, and play, as well as safety tips.
  • We shared a new resource, Work Wardrobe Essentials, and we asked readers for their advice to recent graduates building their own work wardrobes.
  • We provided tips to ace an online video interview — from what you should have on hand, to what you can do to practice ahead of time.

Did we miss anything? Add ’em here, or send them to [email protected]. Thank you!

Family Friday: Wrap-Around Crib Shoe

This kind of leather crib shoe can be great if you have a kiddo in daycare or somewhere else where you don’t want them to wear shoes all the time but don’t want them to be shoeless either, particularly if they’re just learning to walk. While I wouldn’t put my kid on a city street with these on, they protect your little one’s feet and they’re easy to get on. They also stay on better than typical shoes, especially when kids are in the kicking stage, and they’re kind of like fancy slippers but for everyday wear. These are usually around $20, and Amazon has them in a zillion colors and sizes, including these Friends shoes that have a cute picture that’s split between the shoes. Robeez Friends Wrap-Around Crib Shoe

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A Week in the Life of a Working Mom: A Midwestern Lawyer Mom with Four Kids

lawyer mom to four kids in the midwestFor the sixth installment of our Week in the Life of a Working Mom series, I’m happy to introduce CorporetteMoms reader Elizabeth. She’s a 42-year-old consultant/ lawyer mom to four kids; she lives in the Midwest. Our usual caveat applies: Please remember that this is is a real person who has feelings and isn’t gaining anything from this, unlike your usual friendly (soul-deadened, thick-skinned, cold-hearted, money-grubbing) blogger — so please be kind with any comments. Thank you! – Kat

If you’d like to be featured (anonymously or otherwise), please fill out this form! You can see all posts in this series here. You can also sort by tag, such as “daycare,” “au pair,” and “lawyer mom.” (We’re working on devising a system that makes sense.)

First, Some Basics

Name: Elizabeth
Lives: Midwest
Job: consultant/attorney — I lead annual strategic planning efforts for hospital clients, as well as hospital mergers.
Age: 42
Home Situation: 

My husband is family medicine physician who covers inpatients at the hospital every third weekend. We have four school-age children: A, 13-year-old son; E, 10-year-old daughter; B & D, 7-year-old twin sons. We live in a 4000-square-foot house in the suburbs.

Childcare Situation: $18,000/year.

We have had Au Pairs for the past four years. The last two have been males. Prior to that we covered childcare with a number of options: a preschool teacher/nanny, a college student that lived in during the summer, hubby took Mondays off and I took Fridays off. We love the Au Pair help. My spouse and I have schedules that change from week to week, depending on his inpatient load and my travel. Having an Au Pair has eliminated the hours of stress and scrambling with multiple care providers to try to cover different hours we needed. For instance, the preschool teacher was a wonderful caregiver but had a family of her own so was unavailable to help in the evenings or weekends. Fortunately, we have a supportive family network nearby that was able to assist in some of those previous pinches. But it is nice now to have that family come to support the kids’ extracurricular activities or have special one-on-one time with the children, rather than serve in the role of an emergency babysitter.

Our Au Pairs transition about every year or so. We have appreciated the ease of picking a new care provider to sync up with the evolving needs of our children. For instance, our first Au Pair was a nurturing female who was excellent with our toddler twins. Or more recent Au Pairs have been active males who play sports and make up fun games to play. I expect in a few years we will be interested in a caregiver that can provide more homework support.

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Budget Thursday: Seamed V-Neck Sheath Dress

I’ve always hated the name Dressbarn, and I’ve found the quality of their clothes kind of similar to New York and Company, or something like that. Still, I think they’re getting a lot more conservative choices right (as long as you avoid the patterns, which are often still hideous). There can be some really great finds there, like this dress that looks like a good choice for a conservative office. It’s hand wash or dry clean and available in 4–16. It’s only $59.50, but there are often codes that can bring it down even further. Seamed V-Neck Sheath Dress

Here’s a very similar option in sizes 14W-24W.

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: The Taylor Dress

MM.LaFleur has a ton of washable workwear, including this dress, which looks great. I think that twist in the front would be very flattering on the mommy pooch that some of us have. I also like the darts in the back and the hidden zipper, but the even cooler thing about the folds in front is that — huzzah! — they hide pockets. The dress is available in green and blue (in limited sizes) for $265 at MM.LaFleur. The Taylor Dress

Here’s a lower-priced option; it also comes in plus and maternity sizes.

Looking for other washable workwear? See all of our recent recommendations for washable clothes for work, or check out our roundup of the best brands for washable workwear.

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How to Manage Up With Regard to Family Commitments

how to manage up with regard to family commitmentsHere’s a suggestion for a topic we got from folks who took the survey a while back: how can working moms “manage up” with regard to family commitments? Along similar lines, “how to explain your new life choices to an employer who is used to you working long hours”? I can’t wait to hear what you guys say — what’s YOUR best advice on managing up once you become a working mom, ladies?

(Pictured: Hall & Oates women’s tshirt (I Can’t Go for That- No Can Do), available at Etsy through Exit343design’s shop.) (Affiliate link.)

Just to throw in my $.02 of tips, I think a lot of it comes back to general advice on how to manage up:

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