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Welcome to Parents at Work! This is a bowl and community for you to share your experiences as a working parent, particularly during the back-to-school season. Receive and give advice, vent, share, and connect with a diverse community of working professionals in the same boat, with kids! Live professional advice on mental health and personal finance will be available in two text-based Q&A events.
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When did you start traveling with your LO? Small road trips?

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Should backup care providers do chores when the baby naps? Our baby slept for a total of five hours during the day, and the provider just sat there scrolling on her phone.

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Is there an app or website that lets you search for homes for rent by school district? Why is this so hard? Did I just come up with a new app idea?

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Advice for what to do for a long weekend getaway in early April with 18mo twins and a 28 week pregnant woman?

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Any recommendation between Yoto or tonie player (or something similar)? Did you kid enjoy it? What’s a good age to get one (if at all)?

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I’m in a tricky situation. I’m 7 months pregnant and I have qualified for the 4th round of interview for a job I really want and will be perfect for. I have not told the recruiter nor the hiring team … more

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Can someone in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area provide affordable childcare options under $2k per month. I have two toddlers and $50k per year for childcare/preschool just doesn’t make sense.

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Is anyone here helping their child manage their ADHD? Any pointers? Our kid is in 3rd grade and is very forgetful and can't focus.

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What would you do in this situation?

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One thing that I see people use as a key point against RTO is childcare costs. Are there more people than I realize staying home and working with kids at home? Most remote workers I know still utilize… more

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I worked freelance and part time for many years so I could be present for my kids. I’ve been forced to return to FT+ work due to a financial situation. However, I hate every minute of it, would rather… more

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Was laid off from Deloitte around April 27, 2023 (yes last year) as an SAP Finance consultant. As a millenial, I worked there for a long 6 years. I have other skills and experience in PMO, Business analysis, and even creative skills in … more

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Today my youngest has her kindergarten screening and I'm just here wondering at what point did she grow up?

However, definitely looking forward to the big drop in the daycare bill this fall.

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Hi my youngest son is what I would call a fraternity type. Does anyone know if fraternity dues can be applied from a 529? I’d like to budget for a top fraternity and apply the funds in an account wh… more

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Flying with a one year from Newark to Las Vegas on a night flight there and morning flight back. Any tips ?

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Coming off of maternity leave soon, feeling pretty anxious about juggling home life and a demanding work life. Any tips from parents who’ve been at this thing for a while?

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Started period 5 months pp. I’ve been exclusively BF but switched to more pumping instead to prepare LO for daycare. Is this what caused me to start? I thought I wouldn’t start until slowing down on n… more

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Hi all, has anyone suffered an anxiety or panic attack during labour? Can you share what happened?

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Off topic but seeking advice: New parents (~6-7 month baby) and our sex life is non existent. My SO just seems tired all the time or disinterested. We rotate responsibilities around night shifts/ earl… more

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Considering switching our LO to Kirkland infant formula. Any love it/hate it?

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My husband recently interviewed with a large company who put him through 5 interviews and two assessments. The last interview was with the CEO of a company who asked him about his age, what his parent… more

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I am married and have 2 kids. I am very involved, have played with them daily since birth. My son (5), freaks out and refuses to play alone when I or my wife decline his invites to play together (if v… more

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Does anyone have the nestig wave crib? Looking for sheets and a mattress cover that will fit the mini crib custom size.

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What are some interview questions you’ve asked to help determine if ;
1. The person you will be reporting to is a micromanager
2. If the work hours are flexible

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How soon did you start getting your kids’ teeth cleaned? Any pros and cons to consider? I took my 20 month old to see a dentist yesterday and he suggested starting cleaning right away, twice a year. I… more

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Hot take: Toddlers flying international business class. Unnecessary or simply practical (if you can afford it)?

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Any thoughts on how you avoid toddler rebellious behavior? Or perhaps more accurately how you best address it? Rebellious may be the wrong word but I watched my six year old nephew today be told direc… more

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Real question — how do parents of young kids go on a 10-day trip to Europe without the help of family members? Our trip isn’t until late September (going for a wedding but also trying to make a trip o… more

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In this layoff world, is it good to announce my pregnancy news real early, so managers could take this into consideration when deciding the list?

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Is anybody just getting by sending your kids to private school? Is it worth it? Is anyone on the other side of it and feels like it was a worthwhile investment?

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Does company usually pay prorated annual bonus to someone taking leave? ( sick leave or mat leave etc) I am currently taking a sick leave before mat leave ( due in March). Took a leave from September… more

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Do you supplement your child’s education with private tutoring? If so are they in public or private school and when did you begin?

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My wife is expecting at March end . I would like to understand from parents that it is advisable to go for a switch considering I am not seeing any significant growth in my current company and learni… more

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Are there any parents on here with kiddos on a 4day school schedule? Thinking of switching schools and wanted some opinions

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My daughter, for whatever reason, is terrified of large dogs. She never had a bad experience and we are fine with dogs but she is scared even with the friendliest of pooches. My in laws want to get a … more

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Wife (SAHM) is due in June with our third child. We’ll have 3 boys under 2. Both grandmas will be living with us and I’ll be able to spread out 10 weeks of leave and have good WLB, but beyond that, wh… more

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Any parents have experience managing disagreements with spouse over hiring help?

We're both working parents with a young toddler. I believe in outsourcing chores to manage our busy lives better and focus on o… more

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