Clean House surveyBring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan, and clean up the kitchen. The list of household to-dos for working moms is endless, and seemingly, so is our guilt over not doing it all. Why do so many of us still beat ourselves up about a messy house? And how can we put housework in its proper place?
Last year, Allison Light raised some $2 million for the large private school in St. Louis where she works, clocking full-time hours while raising two young children. So you'd think the impressive divorced mom would cut herself some slack when it comes to housekeeping. No way. "It makes me feel guilty when I see a dust bunny or a new marker blotch on the couch," says Allison, 41. "I try to tell myself, 'You're doing the best you can, you're just one person, be more forgiving.' But when the house is messy, it makes me feel like I'm failing at something-and a little like a bad mother."
A dirty house is neither a sin nor a crime, but you wouldn't know it from a recent Working Mother study. When
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Clean House surveyBring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan, and clean up the kitchen. The list of household to-dos for working moms is endless, and seemingly, so is our guilt over not doing it all. Why do so many of us still beat ourselves up about a messy house? And how can we put housework in its proper place?Read More »from Get Rid of Messy House Guilt
If you are looking for more flex in your work life than you currently have, check out this list of possibilities.
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Customer service is one of the most widely known work-from-home job categories, and big-name companies like JetBlue and Coca-Cola have hired telecommuting customer service reps. But did you know that even the most high-level technical support folks are working from home? These professionals provide technical advice and direction over the phone to important clients to help keep businesses running smoothly all day, every day. Depending on the needs of the client, work at home technical advisor positions are available for day, evening, and overnight shifts, making them super-flexible for folks with strong technical savvy and excellent customer service skills.
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Can you run a whole organization from your home office? In a word - Yes! Whether searching for a CEO or Executive Director, many companies are now turning Read More »from 5 Surprising Work-from-Home Jobs
Nasty bosses and mean co-workers can make work a living hell, and working moms are often targets. Here's what employees and companies need to know about bullying-and how to fight it.Read More »from Workplace Bullies
When mean bosses attack.Stephanie Simpson thought she was pretty tough. She felt good about the way she coolly managed a number of hotheaded bosses, many of them elected officials. So when the now 33-year-old mom of two boys became executive assistant to the mayor of a small city north of Seattle, in 2006, she figured she'd handle this job as well as the others. At first it was just the occasional mean crack: In meetings, the mayor would sometimes shut her down with remarks like "Don't worry about that, it's above your pay grade" or "I don't need your opinion." And when she told him she was pregnant not long after being hired, he snipped, "You should've planned better."
Each year, the Working Mother 100 Best Companies raise the bar on family-friendly benefits. This year is no different: From paid parental leave to backup child care to on-site fitness facilities, these companies are working hard to create a workplace of choice for their nearly 2.5 million employees.
This year we're focused on the power of change, from flexing your schedule to finding a new job to pushing for a federal paid-parental-leave law that supports all new parents nationwide. Life doesn't stand still, so why should we? For just like the Working Mother 100 Best, when we working moms embrace change, all things are possible.
One big reason the Working Mother 100 Best Companies are such great employers is that they're always looking for ways to improve-they're never satisfied with what's come before.
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The Most Powerful Moms in Social Media have reach across the digital sphere that was unheard of a decade ago. For some, life as a mom is the center of what they write and speak about. Others are businesswomen who happen to be moms.
The women who make up Working Mother's Most Powerful Moms in Social Media list are powerful influencers-reaching large audiences across all of the major social media platforms including blogs of all styles, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. They also all have at least one-child at home who is under 18 years old.
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For some on this list, life as a mom is at the center of what they write and speak about including Heather Armstrong, otherwise known as Dooce. Armstrong has accumulated over 1.5 million Twitter followers and a legion of fans for her blog by writing about family life in Utah. Others are businesswomen who happen to be moms, like Beth Blecherman, who writes about the latest gadgets on Techmamas.com, and who alsoRead More »from Most Powerful Moms in Social Media
Our 23 Best Companies know great talent when they see it. They are committed to supporting women of color with strong diversity, leadership and education programs.Read More »from 2011 Best Companies for Multicultural Women
Congratulations to this year's Best Companies for Multicultural Women!
Allstate Insurance Company
American Express Company
Chubb & Son
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
New York Life Insurance Company
Procter & Gamble Company*
State Farm Insurance
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Walmart Stores, Inc.
* Top 5 company
Read profiles showing what these companies are doing right here.
If you find yourself snapping at your kids during breakfast, fuming in the car after work or losing it during the dinner-and-homework scramble, it's time for a mad-mommy makeover.
Bridget Melson knows a thing or two about helping other moms calm down. Part of the Temecula, CA, family therapist's work involves counseling angry parents so that they can find kinder, gentler coping tactics for manic mornings, deranged dinner hours and the cranky kids who exacerbate them. So she was surprised when she recently reached her own boiling point at home. Bridget was cleaning up after making dinner for her children, Lucas, 8, Landon, 6, and Allie, 1, when she noticed that the back door was wide open-again-and the family cat had gone Awol. this was a big deal, as their last cat was eaten by coyotes that had infiltrated the neighborhood.Read More »from Need a Mad-Mommy Makeover?
"I yelled at the kids for leaving the door open, and things spiraled downward from there," Bridget says. Her 6-year-old flung himself to the ground in a
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If your love life has become an afterthought-after the kids, after work, after the laundry-it's time to shake things up. Book your favorite babysitter and let us help you decide where to go, what to wear to make him swoon and how to turn up the heat when you get home. We promise that your Valentine's heart will beat a little faster-and so will yours.
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You might think an office party is time to let your hair down. Think again. Here's some advice to make a holiday party work for your career.
It is a time to get noticed, but make sure it's the right kind of notice. This year, have a game plan to take advantage of this time with colleagues and managers in a relaxed setting, says Vicki Salemi, author of Big Career in the Big City. "An office party is a great way to put in face time with leadership," she notes. So venture away from your clique-network and have fun. Stuck in a dead-end conversation? Say you see someone you recognize and want to say hello, Salemi suggests, adding, "This is an opportunity to spread your wings."
- Be prepared to network. Know something about other departments or recent promotions or awards so you can compliment others.
- Keep your business cards handy in a pocket so you can easily give your contacts to someone from another department when asked.
- Hold your glass in your left hand so you can