An Australian company is rewarding women who go back to work after maternity leave.One of Australia's largest companies is making it easier for new parents to juggle work and family: Starting this week, new moms who return to work at the Insurance Australia Group (IAG) will get double pay for their first six weeks back after maternity leave.
"Yes it's generous, but we're a business and it is about making sure we get quality people coming back to us," IAG chief executive Mike Wilkins told the Sydney Morning Herald.
[Related: How I went back to work: 3 real-mom stories about returning from maternity leave]
IAG already offers one of the most generous maternity leave policies in the industry -- 14 weeks of paid time off after giving birth or adopting a child. Their six-week "welcome back bonus" is on top of that -- and in addition to an Australian government policy that gives new parents up to 18 weeks pay at minimum wage or a $5,400 "Baby Bonus" per child, whichever is greater.
It's a stark contrast to parental leave policies in the United States, where the Family
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Secrets to Your Success – Wed, Apr 18, 2012 2:56 PM EDT
An Australian company is rewarding women who go back to work after maternity leave.One of Australia's largest companies is making it easier for new parents to juggle work and family: Starting this week, new moms who return to work at the Insurance Australia Group (IAG) will get double pay for their first six weeks back after maternity leave.Read More »from Australian Company IAG Rewards New Moms for Returning to Work
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Tue, Apr 17, 2012 3:09 PM EDT
Ann Romney looks on during a campaign rally for her husband, Mitt Romney, at the Pinkerton Academy field house on January 7, 2012 in Derry, New Hampshire. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) No one is disputing the fact that staying home to raise your children is hard work. And Hilary Rosen's attempt to undermine Ann Romney's economic expertise ended up insulting women around the country. But a quick look at previous first ladies' lives shows that, if Mitt Romney makes it to the White House, Ann Romney would be the only First Lady since Mamie Eisenhower who hasn't held a paying job at some point in her life, even while single or childless.Read More »from Ann Romney Would Be the Only First Lady Since Mamie Eisenhower Who Has Never Worked a Paying Job
As the Daily Beast points out, Michelle Obama's career history is well known: She worked as an attorney while juggling her career and family responsibilities.
Laura Bush taught second grade for two years before earning her master's degree and working as a school librarian. She gave up that job when she married George W. Bush in 1977.
Hillary Rodham Clinton chose to work and raise her child simultaneously; she was a lawyer for years before Bill Clinton became president and, after she left the White House, she returned to work, this time
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Tue, Apr 17, 2012 12:38 PM EDT
Salecia Johnson, 6, was handcuffed by police at school last week after having a temper tantrum.Six-year-old Salecia Johnson was having a massive temper tantrum at Creekside Elementary School when school officials called the police in Midgeville, Georgia, on Friday.
But after failing to calm the 6-year-old, the police officer handcuffed the kindergartner with her hands behind her back, walked her to the police cruiser, and took her down to the police station.
"She called the police on me for no reason," the little girl told WMAZ-TV. Pointing to her wrists, the child added, "It hurt on my arms."
According to the police report, Salecia had been sent to the principal's office that morning for pushing two other students and throwing items off of the teacher's desk. The police were called after the girl refused to go inside the principal's office and began running down the hallway screaming, the report said.
By the time the police arrived, the 6-year-old was in the office and had ripped calendars, photos, and other decorations off of the walls, thrown books and toys, and knocked Read More »from Seriously? Police Handcuff Kindergartner for Having a Tantrum at School
Head injuries are among the biggest health hazards student athletes face.With millions of student athletes in the United States, it's impossible to prevent sports-related health hazards entirely. More than 30,000 student athletes end up in the hospital with sports-related injuries every year, according to the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), and in 2010, 50 student athletes died because of them.Read More »from The Biggest Sport Health Hazards Kids Face
"It's inherent with high school athletics," Brian Robinson, the chair of NATA's Secondary School Committee, told Yahoo! Shine. "If you're going to have high school athletics, you're going to have injuries, and I think schools need to be aware of that."
[Related: 5 tips to help prevent youth sports injuries]
Concussions, spinal cord injuries, complications from asthma and diabetes, exertional heat stroke, and sudden cardiac arrest are among the biggest health hazards young athletes face right now, according to a NATA report.
Concussion rates, especially, are on the rise -- and some experts say that may be a good thing in the long run. The increase in
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Mon, Apr 16, 2012 1:13 PM EDT
What happens when athletes run in hot weather?The 116th Boston Marathon took place on Monday, and the day's higher-than-normal temperatures wreaked havoc with the runners. With the mercury creeping up to and over 80 degrees by mid-day, 4,300 or less-experienced runners opted to skip the race this year, and most the 22,426 who opted to run the 26.2-mile course saw slower times than usual.Read More »from The Boston Marathon: How Do High Temperatures Affect Runners?
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The heat claimed a notable victim early on: The defending men's champion, Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya -- who won last year's Boston Marathon with the fastest time in world history -- was forced to drop out at the 18-mile mark because of cramping, The Associated press reported.
Even seasoned athletes are at risk for cramping, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke when they compete on warm days. Amby Burfoot, who won the Boston Marathon in 1968, participated in a 2009 experiment at the University of Connecticut, during which he completed two hourlong runs, one at a cool 53 degrees and the other at a
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Politics – Fri, Apr 13, 2012 3:33 PM EDT
The Republican National Committee is offering this $15 mug.Just days after Democratic pundit and mother of two Hilary Rosen questioned Ann Romney's economic expertise, saying that the mother of five "has actually never worked a day in her life," the Republican party has turned the decades-old working-mom vs. stay-at-home mom debate into a fundraising opportunity.Read More »from Ann Romney Vs. Hilary Rosen: The Mommy Wars Become Fundraising Opportunity for GOP
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"I believe that Moms do work and can't stand liberals who think that Moms don't," the Republican National Committee says on its website. "To show my support for the hard work done by Moms everywhere and to help defeat elitist liberals like Barack Obama, I would like to purchase a 'Moms Do Work' travel mug." Proceeds from the sale of the $15 mug support the Republican party.
GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is offering a "Moms Drive the Economy" bumper sticker on his campaign site, urging supporters to buy one for $6 as a show of unity and support, not just for him, but for women everywhere. "We stand with Mitt and Ann in saying that
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney greet supporters during an Illinois GOP primary victory party in March. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) The Mommy Wars entered the political arena on Wednesday, as Democratic pundit Hilary Rosen slammed Mitt Romney's wife, Ann Romney, for being a stay-at-home mom.Read More »from Is There Really a "War on Women"?
Taking issue with the way the GOP presidential hopeful credits his wife for opening his eyes to the concerns of women and the economy, Rosen told CNN: "His wife has actually never worked a day in her life."
Almost immediately, Ann Romney took to Twitter to defend herself. "I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys," she Tweeted. "Believe me, it was hard work."
The rest of Rosen's quote -- that Ann Romney has "never really dealt with the kind of economic issues that a majority of women in this country are facing, in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and why do we worry about their future" -- has largely been ignored. The working-mom-vs.-stay-at-home mom fires were reignited and, this time, the ones who have criticized the Republican party for waging a "War on Women" were fanning the
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Tue, Apr 10, 2012 1:59 PM EDT
Parents often talk about the frustrating aspects of raising teenagers. But kids do some amazing things, and some of them even save the day. So, let's focus on the positive: Introducing "Kid Heroes" at Yahoo! ShineRead More »from Kid Heroes: 13-year-old Steers Bus to Safety After Driver Passes Out
When the school bus driver started gasping and waving his hands in the air, 13-year-old Jeremy Wuitschick didn't panic. Instead, he got out of his seat, went to the front of the bus, and grabbed the steering wheel just as the driver passed out.
He managed to pull the school bus over to the side of the road and then took the keys out of the ignition, saving himself and 15 other students.
"I knew something was wrong," the seventh grader told Seattle-area news station KOMO-TV. "It was pretty scary. I just acted on instinct. It was all happening really quickly."
The bus driver, whose name was not released, was taken to the hospital. Jeff Short, the assistant superintendent for the Fife school district, told reporters that the driver had a heart issue and that his condition
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Team Mom – Sun, Apr 8, 2012 3:53 PM EDT
British triple jumper Phillips Idowu, left, and heptathlete Jessica Ennis pose wearing the new Olympic uniforms designed by Stella McCartney. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)Fashion designer Stella McCartney unveiled her ideas for Great Britain's Olympic uniforms at the Tower of London on Thursday (and we have to admit, it was kind of a treat to see her cool designs adorning toned, sculpted, athletic bodies instead of dangerously stick-thin models). The edgy outfits feature a deconstructed British Flag, the adidas logo, and plenty of red, white, and dark blue.
McCartney, who is the creative director of the Summer Olympic Games for athletic giant adidas, told the Associated Press that she hopes everyone will be proud of the athletes who will wear the new uniforms at this summer's Olympic and Paralympic games.
"The basic message is to unify the team," McCartney said. "The athletes all want to feel like one team. The other big starting point for me was the Union flag, an iconic flag, I think every Briton is so proud of it, but I wanted to look at it in a different way." Her designs had been kept secret for months, and the line includes training gear, aRead More »from Stella McCartney Reveals Great Britain's New Olympic Uniforms
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Team Mom – Sun, Apr 8, 2012 3:42 PM EDT
Pee-Wee and Pop Warner players get hit as hard as high school, college, and NFL players do, new research shows.As parents, we're always looking for ways to keep our kids safe at home, on the playground, and while playing sports. Given the increase in injuries among youth football players, some parents have begun to wonder how hard they're getting hit on the field.Read More »from Study: Pee Wee and Pop Warner Football Players Take NFL-Like Hits
Now, data from Virginia Tech shows that kids on the gridiron give and get hits to the head that are as hard as those dished out by high school, college, and professional football players.
According to a report by journalist Stone Phillips, set to air Monday night on PBS's "NewsHour," there's much more helmet-to-helmet contact among younger kids than there is among high school and college players. Part of the reason is that young boys' neck and chest muscles aren't developed enough to properly support their helmeted heads. Another reason? At 7 or 8 years old, kids just haven't had enough practice to automatically protect their heads when they make (or take) hits on the field.
Researchers Ray W. Daniel, Steven Rowson, and Stefan M.