This edition of the empowered parent is brought to you by the phenomenal women in my digital neighborhood. I mention a few here.
Personal: Let me preface this recommendation by saying I am not a photographer, and I'm a novice at meditation but I am in awe of what Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick does. She helps parents refocus and become more mindful through photography. I love this post on her blog where she talks about leading from within. "Now, more than ever, we all need to step forward as leaders in our own lives." Couldn't. Agree. More.
Practical: February was a big month for me on The Broad Experience podcast (two episodes in one month)! In this episode, I speak with host Ashley Milne Tyte about the importance of delegation and how hard it is for many of us to do it. (Myself included.)
Professional: How to Close a Gender Gap: Let Employees Control Their Schedules. The title of this article almost says it all and I couldn't agree more. It also features a new platform for flex work called WERK. Co-founded by the phenomenal Annie Dean. Werk is one of many companies finding and promoting opportunities for women to work on schedules that complement their lives.
(Bonus: In last week's The Broad Experience mini-show I talk about the possible impact of caregiving on career. I talk about specifically about taking family leave, how to plan for a successful return and my work with the Center for Parental Leave Leadership.
Partnership: Partnership refers to all the sources of support in your life. I feel fortunate to have friends who feel like family. They help me get through this working and parenting thing in one piece. My first mom friend ever is like family now. (xoJ) We are there for each other through the tantrums, the jobs losses and gains, and the daily grind. This piece in this edition of Tue/Night showcases a number of close friendships and the many ways these women support each other. Tue/Night is edited by the brilliant Margit Detweiler.
Parenting: Love the New Normal (Parenting in Hard Times) I never thought I'd be talking to my 7 and 4-year-old children about white nationalism, having to explain bans and swastikas. I was so proud to take my daughter with me to the Women's March but was taken aback when she asked me to explain why some people were carrying pictures of hangers. I tried to do so in the most child-friendly way I knew how. This new normal has changed the game for me as a parent. My friend Magda does a wonderful job at finding the silver lining in this article.
Political: There are so many ways to get involved politically right now and no better time to speak up for your values. It can feel overwhelming at times. The site 5 calls a day simplifies activism in a way that many busy parents can appreciate.