While you can't control the unknowns of parenthood, asking these questions will help you feel better prepared.
By Jenna Goudreau
Parenthood is never going to be what you thought it would be, but an evaluation of whether you and your partner are ready for children needs to happen well before you find out the results from your at-home pregnancy test.
There are two important factors to consider. The first has to do with finances, of which work and career are a part. Today's professional woman has more choices than ever before when it comes to work-family options, and she will need to weigh the pros and cons of working or parenting full time, taking advantage of a flex- or part-time schedule, or the increasingly common option: bringing home the paycheck while her partner stays at home.
After that--or better yet, at the same time--a couple will need to determine how easily they can afford to have a child--or children, if multiples are desired or a possibility.
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- ForbesWoman | Work + Money – Tue, Mar 30, 2010 10:13 PM EDT
While you can't control the unknowns of parenthood, asking these questions will help you feel better prepared.Read More »from Five Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Have Children
When workplace stress mounts, many of us turn to our office friends. After all, no one understands the pain of that inane personnel memo or time-wasting meeting better than the people in the surrounding cubicles or offices down the hall.
"When you have an authentic friend at work, you have a support system right there," says Susan Shapiro Brash, a professor of gender studies at Marymount Manhattan College and author of Toxic Friends: The Antidote for Women Stuck in Complicated Friendships. "You're talking the same language. You have the same currency."
And as unstable economic conditions continue to fray interdepartmental nerves, our office pals often provide welcome relief. In a survey of American workers released last month by the staffing firm Randstad, 67% of respondents said having friends at work makes their jobRead More »from The Pleasures & Perils of Office Friendship
Julie Clark, now a Seattle-based business owner of real estate company SharedBusinessSpace.com, was unexpectedly laid off from her commercial real estate job in January 2009. The shocking loss of the position and income came with a second punch: She wouldn't be allowed back to her office to retrieve her contact database, which stored over 15 years of professional and personal information.
Like many on a career break--elected or imposed--Clark was faced with rebuilding her professional network from home. And in her case, rebuilding it from scratch.
She started by coming up with a short list of people with whom she wanted to remain in touch. Clark chose those that were influential in the industry, people she'd worked closely with in the past and others with whom she had a good rapport. She phoned each one and later followed up with an e-mail.
In the next several months, while also caring for her infant twins, Clark created an assertive networking strategy that combined online social
Before you say ''I do'' to a business partnership with your spouse, consider the pros and cons of this working relationship.Read More »from Could You Work With Your Spouse?
By Lori Murray
Given the slow rate of new job creation, an increasing number of Americans are jumping on the entrepreneur bandwagon, and many of them are forming partnerships with their spouse or significant other. And while every "copreneur" situation is unique, there are some common threads among couples that make it work.
First, it's important that the husband and wife have complementary skill sets. "I am more visionary, creative and future-thinking and my husband is more pragmatic, so we have different strengths," says Jane Wurwand, who owns Dermalogica, a Los Angeles-based skin care company with her husband, Raymond.
When they started the company in 1984, Jane wanted to be able to talk directly to their network of licensed skin therapists. Raymond acted on the idea by starting their bi-annual "Congress," which now draws over 2,000 salon owners and
Some affordable staples are loaded with the right nutrients. But can ground beef ever be a health food?Read More »from Cheap Foods That Are Good For You
By Rebecca Ruiz
Every few months, the food cognoscenti start touting a new super food for its ability to ward off disease. Hot foods in recent years include wild salmon ($15 a pound and packed with omega-3 fatty acids), antioxidant-loaded leeks ($3 a bunch), and the exotic açaí and goji berries (as much as $20 and $40 per 16 ounces, respectively). These foods are packed with nutrients but can send your grocery bill into the stratosphere.
You can get all the nutrition you need for much less money if you shop carefully. A cup of cooked navy beans has a similar amount of protein as 3 ounces of salmon, and is loaded with more magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. One large orange has almost seven times the amount of vitamin C and more fiber than a cup of raw blueberries, at a small fraction the berries' price this time of year. A $3 bunch of dark green, leafy kale is a big nutritional
Retirement at 55? For many older women, that's no longer feasible. Here's how they're staying relevant and employable in today's tough job market.Read More »from Why Older Women Are Going Back To Work
By Judith Dobrzynski
In the summer of 2008 Patricia Daly, 56, was a managing director at Credit Suisse and when her department was reorganized, she was out of a job. "Retirement crossed my mind, but when I looked at our investments and at the economic uncertainties, retiring when I still had earning potential didn't seem smart," she recalls. After six months of traveling and enjoying time with her husband, who is retired, she started consulting from home. Her new career, however, did not produce a "livable wage."
Recently Daly accepted a job to be regional director of a science-education nonprofit. She knows she's lucky. She has friends who also worked in financial technology and are still unemployed. "They're not even getting interviews," she says. "There are a lot of younger people out there who are probably more current and have more of
Who's picking up the bill on dates these days and what it says about gender roles.Read More »from What The First Date Says About His Money Outlook
By Meghan Casserly
A man and a woman go out on a first date and each of them has two glasses of wine. Things are going well when the check arrives. "I think we should split this," the man says to the woman.
He's thinking he's in the right. He doesn't want his date to get the impression he's trying to buy her, or patronize her or take advantage of her in any way. Women want to be equals, right?
She's thinking: "What a turnoff."
The two never see each other again.
The moment of paying the bill on a first date can be rife with pressure for both parties. And while tradition holds that the man pays, now that women want to be treated as equals and are more financially independent, the issue has become muddied.
All of which begs the question, are times changing or are we stuck in a rut of tradition?
A recent poll by dating experts at Match.com showed that nearly 60% of daters agree that the guy should
Couples spend years getting to know each other emotionally. But getting to know your spouse's attitude towards money is just as important.Read More »from Are You And Your Partner Financially Compatible?
By Kiri Blakeley
When Richella Vincent and her boyfriend of almost a year, Lee, began discussing marriage, Vincent felt it was also time to talk about finances. After all, one day they would want to buy a house, have kids, and reach other goals that would require a good credit score and some cash in the bank. Vincent, 33, a former financial advisor in Jackson, Miss., who now manages finances at a bank, also enjoys reading personal finance books, and knows the importance of being fiscally responsible. "I was thinking I'm the big time expert," she says.
But to Vincent's surprise, it was her boyfriend who ended up being the more financially savvy of the two. While Vincent was carrying $5,000 in credit card debt and owed money on a car and student loans, Lee, who's in the Army, was debt-free. And he had some savings. "It was a shocker," she says. "I
Yes, you can love working, even if you don't particularly like your job.Read More »from Find Happiness At Work
By Jenna Goudreau
Achieving happiness at work is a skill that can be acquired, says Jane Howard, chief people officer of San Francisco-based Joie de Vivre Hotels. She flexed her happiness muscle recently--one cold February morning in a not-so-pleasant airport terminal.
Howard had woken at 3:30 a.m. to catch a flight to Los Angeles, which would be followed by an oft-contentious meeting with the leadership of a workers union. First on her agenda was to try to negotiate some $700,000 in concessions from the union leaders to help ensure the hotel partnership avoided bankruptcy. Previous union meetings had devolved into vulgar screaming matches, and Howard had every reason to believe this one would be the same, or worse.
So she changed her approach. While waiting to board, she pulled out her journal and reflected upon everything in her life she felt grateful for. She then extended those feelings to the union
Annette Larkin, now 46, waited until she was 38 to have her daughter, Bella. The time to focus on her career was the best gift she could have given herself and her child, she says. Larkin spent her 20s and early 30s building her career and making connections in Washington, D.C.--a city, she says, where your reputation is worth more than your resume.
She achieved big successes working as a Capitol Hill staffer and as a field operative on both Clinton-Gore election campaigns. Later, when she felt ready to have a child, Larkin was satisfied with her career accomplishments, and she felt secure in the resources she'd built up by working into her 30s.
Now Larkin works for herself--thanks to the experience and network she has under her belt--which grants her the flexibility she says she needs to be a mom. She may have less energy than younger moms, she admits, but feels she planned it just right.
The growing ranks of working women--half of the workforce is female,Read More »from When Should You Become A Mom?