As if Netflix hasn't done enough for us exhausted parents who need something to binge-watch while we're up with a fussy baby in the middle of the night, now the company has gone even further. Netflix announced this week that they will offer an unprecedented working parent benefit for its employees: unlimited maternal and paternal leave in the first year of a child's life.Read Full Story
New legislation brings great news for expectant parents this week. U.K. couples with babies born (or placed for adoption) on or after April 5, 2015 may be eligible for Shared Parental Leave — splitting the time off work to look after their child.Read Full Story
Maternity leave policies in the United States are an embarrassment compared to other countries around the world. We asked moms to talk to us about what it was like leaving their babies to go back to work too quickly. The results are heartbreaking.Read Full Story
The first time I took maternity leave, I only got three months. Eight weeks of it was paid. I was told to be grateful. I was grateful. But when it came time to go back to work, my infant couldn't even hold her head up. She was still so small, so helpless, and I was still nursing her 12 times a day. The idea of putting on my heels, squeezing back into my old skirts and leaving her in day care that we paid $2,000 a month for seemed absolutely impossible at the time. And so I made the choice so many mothers have to make in the U.S., where our lack of paid maternity leave (and insanely expensive child care) leaves many mothers underemployed, not by choice, but by absolute emotional and financial necessity. I quit.Read Full Story
Today President Obama will announce several new plans to help better support families and working parents in the U.S. For far too long the U.S. has lagged behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to policies that support families. Today the president will address this with a handful of new initiatives aimed at allowing parents to better succeed both at work and within the home.Read Full Story
I have no doubt that the new year will bring about lots of articles on various new must-have fashion trends, parenting gadgets, self-help tips and more, and I'm sure much of that will be useful. But it's not what I want to see, especially for moms. Instead, I want to see some real changes for parents in this country. Here are my top five must-haves for moms in 2015.Read Full Story
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