Posts Tagged ‘sharing’

Is your workplace family friendly?

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

familyWorking outside the home and raising a family: That’s a tall order! So much to do, so little time.

But companies can help parents by being “family friendly.” What does that mean? Here are some policies that companies have put in place: 

Flextime. Moms and dads adjust when they start and leave work to accommodate day care, doctor’s appointments, games, recitals, school plays, etc. When my sister went back to work after the birth of her youngest son, flextime was her top priority.

* Paid leave time for new moms and dads.

* Job-sharing and part-time work.

* Telecommuting. Mom and dads work some days from home and stay in touch with the company by computer.

* A special space for breastfeeding moms. This may be just a small, plain room. But it makes it possible for moms to express milk in privacy. No more struggling with the pump in a bathroom stall.

* Backup child care for when the usual plans fall apart. And I don’t have to tell you: they do fall apart now and then.

Every year Working Woman magazine recognizes companies that are “family friendly.” Take a look at the list of the top 100 and what they do to help their employees be good parents. How does your company compare?

Got a ton of Halloween candy?

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

All the kiddies went out on Halloween and loaded up their Trick-or-Treat bags with yummy sweets.  I’m sure your dentist was thrilled.  While it’s fabulous fun and down right delicious, holding on to all that tasty candy can be oh so tempting and terrible for the tooth, not to mention all of our chubby cheeks.

Maybe rather than gobbling up goodies throughout the day for the next few weeks, we should select a limited amount for ourselves and give the rest away.  Let your children keep their favorites, then teach them to share and treat others by donating the rest to a soup kitchen or food bank.  It’s a good lesson to teach them, and their teeth and your waistband will thank you for it, too.