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Facts About Working Mothers

Article that was published in an Atlanta Parenting magazine – February 2014 

The workplace in America is becoming increasingly dominated by women, and in ways that many people never saw coming. In terms of legal issues, of course, women and men have been equal for many, many years now – however, there is a difference between legal rights and societal attitudes, which is why it has taken until now for women to achieve anything close to equality in the working world. Yet now, this equality finally seems to be within reach. More and more women are finding ways to succeed professionally – in fact, even working mothers are becoming more common. Mothers all over the country are finding new ways to take care of their children while they go off to work just like the fathers.

One major underlying reason for the rising numbers of working mothers is historical in nature – as mentioned above, it takes some time for equal rights to take effect in society, with the result that we are still seeing the after effects of women with college educations. In the past, men often received higher education, while women stopped going to school and started looking toward raising families. Now, however, women starting families are more likely to have received college education first, and in many cases have already started careers before they give thought to having children. This is of course a fantastic trend for mothers who want to stay occupied professionally.

Unfortunately, there are still some hurdles to clear for working mothers. For example, statistics show that though women in general are close to surpassing men in terms of employment numbers, working women still make less money on average than their male counterparts. This is likely a sign that the working world is still catching up to the number of women it is now accommodating! Additionally, however, there are also somewhat troubling indications that mothers have a harder time getting hired in the first place than single women, or men. It seems that employers often do not trust mothers as frequently as others just yet.

Ultimately, however, the overall trends for working mothers are positive. Again, the working world and professional America are still adjusting to increased women in the workplace, and thousands of young women all over the country are still figuring out ways to balance motherhood and steady jobs. However, the numbers of working mothers are still increasing, and many families are becoming more comfortable functioning with both parents working, many by finding alternate daytime care for younger children. At the least, there seems to be no one these days specifically telling mothers not to go to work, and that is a step in the right direction.

 

– Monica Lowry

4 Ways The Internet Affects Parenting

Article that was published in an Atlanta Parenting magazine – March 2013

Parenting has always been an interesting concept, in that it involves both ever-constant necessities and concerns, but also changing methods and values. There are certain things that every parent throughout history has been concerned with, such as the basic health and safety of children; and, similarly, there are new concerns that arise with each generation, depending upon society, technology, and a number of other factors. Mothers in current times, however, have one of the largest adjustments, perhaps of all time, to get used to: the Internet. Children’s increased access to the Internet has legitimately changed the landscape of parenting and altered the ways in which children grow up and develop, and it is up to parents to keep an eye on this specific development. So, in order to help you, as a mother, to be on your guard and prepare adequately for different parenting hurdles, here are the top ___ ways in which the Internet may affect your child:

1. Revelation of Knowledge – Not long ago, parents had full influence over when their children found out about certain things. Unfortunately, the Internet has opened all sorts of new avenues for curious children, meaning that young kids have the capacity to find out the truth about anything from Santa Claus to sex. This is, again, unfortunate, but it is a reality that modern mothers have to be prepared for, either through restricting their children’s Internet access or figuring out ways to deal with revealing these sorts of knowledge to younger-aged children.
2. Schoolwork – Research and schoolwork have become increasingly simple as a result of the unlimited resource that is the Internet. Where once upon a time students had to go to libraries and read through books in order to complete assignments, the Internet now provides sources, information, and even straightforward answers. This can be a useful tool, but it is also important to make sure that your child’s learning process is not inhibited by the Internet.
3. Social Contact – Even without cell phones, kids can now be in virtually constant contact with one another through email, instant messaging, Facebook, and all sorts of other online methods. This can be great for your kids’ social lives, but it can also function toward limiting real world contact and actual bonding. Parents now face the challenge of encouraging social interaction while still limiting Internet exposure, which is no easy balance to achieve.
4. Social Exposure – Similarly, you will need to keep in mind, as your children grow up, that the Internet has provided all sorts of ways for kids to present public images, which can be a good or bad thing. It is important to remember that everything written, photographed, recorded, etc. with regard to your kids is now likely to end up on the Internet…. While this is unavoidable, it is your job to adequately explain the potential consequences to your children, so that they can make appropriate decisions.

-Monica Lowry