Pointer to an interesting HBR article about working parents
If you spend time wondering how your career and/or your spouse's career might affect your kids, you'll want to read this HBR article: How Our Careers Affect Our Children by Stewart D. Friedman.
Here are just a few of the interesting insights provided by studies outlined in this relatlvely short article:
A great idea from Dr. Alison Escalante: Sigh, See, and Start
If being a great parent only required us to read the right articles and follow the advice provided in them, more of us might consider ourselves great, or at least pretty good, parents. But most parents would probably agree that reading and following the advice provided doesn't alway produce the results we expect! No two kids are alike, and we've yet to find any advice that works for everyone who follows it.
Many corporate leaders tell their employees, "We're paying you to think, not just follow instructions." Jobs that only require people to follow precisely defined instructions rarely pay as much as jobs that require people to think in the midst of challenging situations. And most parents would probably agree that if parenting were a paid gig, it would definitely be one of those jobs that requires a lot of thinking during challenging situations!
Dr. Alison Escalante's recent TEDx Talk called Parenting the "Shouldstorm" is very entertaining and uplifting. She describes how we can get caught up trying to do all of the things others tell us we should be doing, and she recognizes that the advice isn't always helpful. Often, as parents, we've got to think through unique ways of dealing with our challenges. In the TEDx Talk Dr. Escalante outlines a great process for engaging your brain during tough situations, and it might just change the way you parent. We highly recommend it!
Pointer to an audio story from Carlos Kotkin on The Moth
While listening to Latino USA on NPR earlier today, we caught a funny and compelling story called a Ready or Not which originally aired on The Moth.
Parents will appreciate the way the story teller, Carlos Kotkin, weaves humor and touching moments as he tells the compelling story of expecting and meeting his new baby.
An election night image
They say that a picture is worth a thousands words. But sometimes a picture can be summed up in just two words; "Working Parent".
We couldn't help but smile when we saw this picture of four-year-old Catherine with her mother, Abigail Spanberger, on election night as Abigail gave her victory speech after winning the election to represent Virginia's 7th Congressional District.
Most working parents learn to balance work and parenting, and some, like Abigail, appear to integrate them on occassion.