Happy New Year! The Weekly Roundup has been on hiatus the last two weeks, but it’s back today with some inspiring reads for your Sunday.
This week’s Weekly Roundup features some thought-provoking pieces for working moms and insightful posts on motherhood.
In Case You Missed It: Each week I link back to my own posts from the previous week. You can find them filed below under ICYMI.
Did you come across an interesting piece about work, life, or motherhood this week? Feel free to share in the comments or on social media. My links are at the top right of the page.
Thanks for reading!
If You Want Women to Move Up, You Have to Accommodate Mothers by Rebecca Johnson for The Wall Street Journal.
Why You Should Read: You may have seen the tweet that went viral recently after a mom brought her 6-month-old baby to a conference. Her remarks sparked a discussion about what it means to accommodate parents–particularly mothers–at work.
This article is her follow-up to that discussion and offers an important argument about the need for employer/cultural advancements to accommodate mothers at work.
4 Tips for Spending One-on-One Time with Each Child by Lori Mihalich-Levin for Mindful Return.
Why You Should Read: Lori Mihalich-Levin always offers such wonderful guidance for working moms, and I love this piece because her tips can translate just as well to stay-at-home moms.
The post offers great advice for how to make the most of one-on-one time spent with each child when you have multiple children, and also provides reassurance to moms who may worry that they may be shortchanging their kids. Check it out!
This is what work-life balance looks like at a company with 100% retention of moms by Jenny Anderson for Quartz at Work.
Why You Should Read: This article about Patagonia’s working moms retention rate has been circulating the web for awhile, but it is still a relevant and timely piece.
The article details a great example of an employer that values its workers and proves that a business can be profitable while also providing real value to its working parents.
10 Parenting Books I Wish I Knew About Before Going Back To Work by Jennifer Mayer for Fairygodboss.
Why You Should Read: This article lists 10 “books that help in micro and macro ways to prepare and support working new moms in their careers.” It includes some that I’ve never heard of that others may not have heard of as well, which is great if you are looking for an empowering new book to read. It also includes a blog favorite – Back To Work After Baby by Lori Mihalich-Levin.
That Toxic Coworker Could Be Impacting Your Relationship With Your Kids by Alex Wilson for Fairygodboss.
Why You Should Read: This article from Fairygodboss discusses how toxic relationships at work can follow you home. I find it interesting since I’ve observed the same in my employment discrimination practice.
When assessing a client’s level of emotional distress in a case, we always find a negative effect on family relationships. This piece doesn’t specifically delve into discrimination, but it does show how workplace stressors can follow you home.
An important read if you are interested in combatting this problem!
10 REAL GOALS FOR REAL MOMS TO SET FOR THE NEW YEAR by Perfection Pending.
Why You Should Read: This piece offers some great advice for how moms can better care for themselves this year. You don’t have to be a ‘resolutioner’ to strive be kinder to yourself, and this post shares some simple ways to do so.
The Evolution of Motherhood written by me and republished on Reality Moms.
Why You Should Read: This was a post I originally wrote for the blog here. It was republished on Reality Moms this week. In it, I discuss the gradual evolution of a first-time mom. Even though you may *literally* become a mother overnight, sometimes it takes a little longer to actually feel like a “real” mom.
If you missed it the first time around, now is a great time to check it out.
Two is Not Terrible written by me and republished on Her View From Home.
Why You Should Read: This is another piece that I originally wrote for the blog that was republished this week. In it, I discuss the joys of having a two-year-old, and share the things I’ve so loved about having a little one this age.
If you’re looking for something to combat tales of the “terrible twos,” check out “Two is Not Terrible” on Her View From Home!
The Best Thing To Say To A Mom Of Young Kids by Janie Porter for Scary Mommy.
Why You Should Read: This post is a nice counter to the stories of things people usually say to parents of young kids.
My favorite line: “Thank you for reminding me that I am lucky. Thank you for reminding me that I need to live in gratitude for every single day that I have with these kids. Yes, there are a lot of them, but I am happy about that in every single way imaginable.”