The Empowered Parent (Volume 3)

Links and articles related to your 6 Ps  
(professional, personal, practical, partnership, parenting and political)

Professional: Both organizations and employees can benefit from efforts to make work more meaningful.  Rethinking Work is a wonderful article about the structure of work and the importance of finding a deeper sense of purpose in our professional lives. 

Personal: Self-care can be so hard that sometimes it’s even hard to find an article I like on the topic. Last summer, my dear friend Molly Simms and I, snuck away from our partners and my kids and drove to go water sliding by ourselves at 9am. That’s self-care, right? She’s writing a piece about it that I’ll share this summer. Here’s another great piece by Molly about finding the soul-mate within

Practical: In this Fatherly piece, an excerpt from her book "How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids," Jancee Dunn outlines the benefits of giving your kids a role in the practical aspects of family life. She cites research at Brown Medical School showing that doing chores makes children thrive in countless ways, and can be a predictor of success. She quotes researcher Richard Rende, “It’s about raising kids who will be successful in life and work, not just in their college application process. They develop empathy, because they understand that someone might need their help. They learn about being industrious, and the importance of doing the ‘dirty jobs’ in life. Kids who aren’t willing to do the grunt work are not going to just leap to the top of the heap. This is the recipe for the young adult who will not be entitled — ’nuff said.”

Partnership: Financial wellness expert Amanada Clayman is offering a course for couples to improve how they talk about money. In the course (free this month only!), Amanda talks about how to establish ground rules for communicating effectively about money, prioritize each partner's "asks," assign money management roles suited to each partner's strengths, and bring it all together into a working plan.

Parenting:  I tend to ask my kids "How was your day?" every day.  The response is almost always a distracted "um...good?" or a "moooooom!" I still ask it largely because I am so tired at the end of the day I forget to think about a better way. This list from the Cool Mom Picks team has great 30 great alternative suggestions including: open-ended questions about feelings, about school, and about the future. It also has a list of open-ended questions that help challenge your kids.

Political: I love stories about professionals who have pivoted in their careers after becoming a parent. Sloane Davidson’s story is truly remarkable. She has 15 years of experience in branding, business development, communications, corporate social responsibility, event production, and fundraising. Shortly after becoming a mom, she moved home to Pittsburg to work on refugee resettlement. She recently started a mentor matching program for refugees called Hello Neighbor. Read more about her story here, here and here.

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