Working Parents

Finding an AP-Friendly Caregiver

March 18, 2010

The Sitter Who Cried “Ferber” An acquaintance of mine recently shared a horror story about leaving her five month old baby with a sitter for a few hours. The sitter was auditioning for a role as a permanent nanny, because the mother will return to work soon. An hour into her outing, the mother started […]

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Brain, Child’s Pep Talk for Moms Returning to Work

January 19, 2010

For obvious reasons, I don’t intend to share all the details about my process of going back to work on API Speaks. I have wrestled with the choice to work or not work since my first baby was born over three years ago. I always knew that I wanted to be home with my babies; […]

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Separate but Attached

September 18, 2009

I slipped into the apartment at 5 pm, kicked off my sandals, and looked around.  “Where’s the baby?” I asked my husband. “She’s in the crib.  She cried herself to sleep.” My heart froze.  “She did what?” He looked as  uncomfortable, unhappy, and upset as I felt.  “She cried from the moment you left until […]

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

August 6, 2009

A lot of parents that practice attachment parenting or natural parenting point to the fact that this is the way children are often raised in traditional societies. This is true, to a great extent, but there is one big exception. In our society we seem to feel that practicing attachment parenting means that the parents […]

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Is Pumping A Breastfeeding Requirement?

June 5, 2009

Way back when I was pregnant with my first child and reading up on breastfeeding, almost all of the literature I perused mentioned the cost factor. In comparison to formula feeding, breastfeeding costs significantly less and can even be free. It wasn’t free for me, because I had a Boppy pillow, a couple of nursing […]

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Babies in the Workplace

July 21, 2008

One of the first questions expecting mothers get when sharing their good news (after “Is it a boy or a girl?”) is, in my experience, are you going back to work? It’s a tough question. It’s a loaded question. And now, thanks to Carla Moquin of the Parenting in the Workplace Institute, it’s a question […]

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Separation Parenting?

June 16, 2008

Sometimes when folks learn we co-sleep with our kids, they suggest, not too subtly, that we do so in order to meet *our* needs, not those of our kids. While there is something incredibly special about cuddling our kids in the middle of the night, after five years of co-sleeping, I assure you that Ann […]

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How We Make Working Work For Us

June 8, 2008

I knew that our family was not in a financial position for me to be able to give up my “day job” all together after Mathilda was born, but I naturally wanted to spend every possible moment with Mathilda too! Our family struggled (a lot) with this issue. On one hand, two incomes would certainly […]

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