Paternity leave seems to be the new “hot” topic. How does that relate to maternity leave? Will we finally be able to move beyond the concept of pregnancy as a disability and admit it’s important for parents of both sexes to take care of and bond with their babies? And that even among those eligible for the [Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)]’s 12 weeks unpaid leave, few can afford to take it?
Dear Pat: I’m the proud mother of two adorable children under three years old. I’m also a Customer Operations Trainer for a large bank. I want nothing more than to be a stay-at-home mom with my kids, but financially, that’s not an option right now.
Moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who worked part time, research involving more than 2,500 mothers found. And mothers who worked part time reported better health than moms who didn't work at all.
My thoughts about workplace flexibility and why, particularly for working parents, having to choose between being "all in" as an employee or a parent is a choice no parent should have to make. My personal experiences as well.