Are you a career woman? A stay-at-home mom? An unpaid intern? An entrepreneur? No matter where you are on the spectrum, work affects your life. YourTango and Forbes Woman are exploring this intersection, and we want to hear from YOU! Take our survey and let us know about your career (and/or your partner's) and your love life.
Here at LoveMom, we bring you the love. Our weekly Baby Bytes bring you everything else. Here are this week's 7 must-click mom links. Ways to rediscover the joy in your life, how to recover the stolen hour from Daylight Savings Time, and why shutting down your devices for the National Day of Unplugging will restore sanity in your life. Why some women downplay the joys of motherhood, women that leave their children for a career, and why Lent is a redundant occasion for mothers.
Here at LoveMom, we bring you the love. Our weekly Baby Bytes bring you everything else. Here are this week's 7 must-click mom links: what moms give up for motherhood, maternity leave standards throughout the world and one mom who embarrassed her child into better grades. These links, along with 7 tips on how to do it all as a single mom.
Every week, Traditional Love rounds up the best of the web on marriage, love and everything that falls inbetween. This week, a charming 5-year-old girl gave us her take on when she's willing to get married and while, I'm sure there are exceptions to the rule, wiser words have never been spoken. And if that's the only take away you have from this post, then really our job here is done. We're also talking Facebook, long distance and the government. Can you think of any better way to spend your Friday?
To most people, winning an Oscar would be a dream come true. For Nicole Kidman, it’s nothing compared to winning Keith Urban’s heart. “I remember thinking, Oh, my God, if you ever gave me a man like that, I promise I would be completely devoted for the rest of my life. Something that wild,” Kidman, 43, tells guest interviewer Jennifer Aniston in February’s Harper’s Bazaar. Kidman’s prayers were answered when she and Urban got married in 2006.
Working for an adult toy company has been one of my greatest experiences. Since I graduated college, I have worked for several well known companies in the marketing department including a popular restaurant chain. About four years ago, I decided to take a position as the Marketing Director for an online sex toy company called SpicyGear.com. Since I have worked for the company, it has been one of my greatest working experiences. I have had the opportunity to work with caring and compassionate people and grow in my professional life.
I determined that I wanted to be a writer when I was 5. At about the same time, I decided that I would also be a mother. 22 years later, I still wanted to be a writer... and a mother. And more than anything else, I wanted to be home to raise my children. So my husband and I sat down and hashed out how we could keep me at home full-time without going bankrupt, going into foreclosure, becoming homeless and perhaps resorting to cannibalism.
The government started keeping low income statistics in 1959. More individuals fell below the poverty line last year than ever in the time since. A Census Bureau report released Sept. 16 revealed that 43 million in the United States could be officially determined as living in poverty. That's 14.3 percent of the population, a jump from 13.2 percent in 2008. The poverty report is the latest in a long line of recent bad economic news Republicans are crowing about as the November election approaches. They will hope the electorate ignores a longer view of the low income rate. Statistics over the previous 10 years show that Republican policies played a role in the current increasing level. Liberals say the poverty rate underestimates the true level of economic misery. The other side has an opposite point of view. They say the low income line is an insufficient way to determine who's financially poor and who isn't. In response, government officials plan to use more detailed analysis for figuring out the true percentage of U.S. impoverished beginning in 2011
Today's job market has many couples well aware of the strain unemployment can put on a relationship. Constant stress can cause fights, break up an otherwise healthy relationship, and really put "for better or worse" to the test. Often, coping with this anxiety and pressure can be just as taxing for the employed spouse as it is for the one who is out of work. But this doesn't have to be the case. Instead of letting unemployment destroy your relationship, allow it to strengthen your bond as a couple. We show you how to cope:
After job-hunting for the past year or so, I've concluded that nothing resembles the search for love more than the pursuit of a career. Both enable an obsession with checking your phone and email. Both make you think twice about what's posted on your Facebook profile. Both are an exciting, yet scary transition that we're likely to face multiple times throughout our lives. Naturally, sending out cover letters and going on interviews has reaffirmed a number of valuable dating lessons, including:
Recently, during a weekly therapy session, my doc and I were doing our thing, talkin' 'bout boys, my frustration with the ones I have met, and my recent relapse into dreaming about my ex; I was telling her that sometimes, despite being a relatively solitary person who enjoys time alone, I get overwhelmed with loneliness. I miss something I don't have anymore, that feeling of deep companionship.
No one ever said managing a career was easy. Throw a relationship into the mix and you've got career suicide, right? Wrong. While we'd all love to forgo a day of work in exchange for a fun-filled day with our significant other, having a strong relationship doesn't mean your occupational goals have to suffer. It's quite the opposite! Extensive research on the subject of relationships and careers shows that people in successful relationships not only make more money, they're healthier, live longer, and get more promotions than singles do. So how can you juggle your relationship and your career? We've got the five tips that’ll keep your work and love life harmonious—and YOU sane!