ParentMap, March 2008 Issue
Those little bundles of joy can make a train wreck out of any career. Get yours back on the rails! We've got info and inspiration from the best in the business...to ease your merge onto the ol' on-ramp. Plus, is your preschooler a specialist? Learn eight types o' smarts ...and find out how to keep girls interested in science.
Feature: Mapping your career after kids
Getting School Ready: Keeping girls interested in science
Try a little kindness at home
Out & About:
Media: This month's featured media
Giving Together: ParentMap's 2008 Giving Together Partners
From our Readers: Letters to the Editor
About this issue
Yes We Can!
Call me shameful, but I proudly borrow the motivating and oft-repeated Obama line that is helping to move our sometimes-apathetic population to fiery heights of political action. Born with a “Just Do It!” mindset, I embrace an optimistic, action-oriented approach without constraint to just about any situation. We must elect leaders who will govern differently and we must provide a better work/life balance for parents, and so much more in between.
I want to encourage business leaders to adopt the “Yes We Can!” attitude when it comes parents re-entering the workforce (“Mapping your career after kids”). I was amazed recently by a phone call from a New York magazine publisher who was astonished to learn that ParentMap has 25 employees — all working virtually. She asked me, “How do you do it?”
“How don’t you do it?” was all I could respond.
I assured her that there is a direct correlation between our insanely talented and dedicated employees, our well-respected social venture products, and the flexible, family-friendly work environment — and benefits — that we offer (sorry; we’re not hiring!). I adore it that no one on our staff feels guilty about participating in their kid’s day-time activities, and there is no compromise in the quality of work delivered because of that freedom. It took me a very long time to feel comfortable with all of this, coming as I do from a traditional law background. We do all suffer a bit from the 24/7 of virtual work life, but name me a professional in 2008 that doesn’t.
My brain cells have been diminishing for some years now, so I took copious notes while reading about brain boosting games. I personally don’t get the sudoku craze — I can’t even get to my book club book — but I’ll give it a try, since the Brits are endorsing it in their schools. And I guess it’s time for me to stroll, head down, into my 17 year old sons’ room and tell him, “you are right.” We often verbally arm-wrestle about his sleeping too much on weekends, but the experts say just what he does: “Almost all teenagers in this country are sleep-deprived.”
What better way to launch into springtime then with a joint read with your honey of “Choose to relate kindly with your partner?" Simple, true, powerful and possibly life-changing; we can all practice and role-model kindness for kids!
—Alayne Sulkin, Publisher/Editor
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