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I had to go back to work 5 weeks after having my daughter bc I was running the account. It was way too early. However, I think the damage done AFTER my children were born was tougher on me. The large agency world had no tolerance for a parent, let alone a solo parent. As a female creative leader, I waited to have kids until 36 and 38. So at 40, I had to leave the agency world after 20 years building my career - and my salary was a THIRD of what it was in the advertising. And I was in a great place in my career when I had to leave. Now I want back in. I miss the ad world I grew up in. I’m an ad girl at heart. I’m hoping it will be friendlier to moms. But at least I don’t have toddlers anymore. Sick kids in daycare are not something the ad world wanted to deal with. Hoping it got better over the last five years. I had someone I used to work with who was frustrated with me having to leave occasionally for kid stuff write me and apologize after she had kids. That actually made me feel better about it, but it was the culture that didn’t allow for empathy.

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Agencies should provide an on-site daycare staffed with a couple fulltime caretakers. It would be a net-positive for the agency, because parents wouldn’t have to leave work so early, and it would attract more talent and encourage them to stay. Plus, the friendships that would blossom from the parents who have kids of similar ages at this same daycare would be nice too.

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Heat has 6 months maternity and 4 months paternity.

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The Martin Agency has 3 months leave. Maternity and paternity.

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So does Huge.

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It doesn’t get exponentially better when kids hit school age. Not a lot of after-care services or babysitters will deal with sick kids. To have kids and work in this industry you better have a solid marriage and an extensive support system.

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Some Omnicom agencies like DDB have really bad policies. Ironically, their Global CEO is a Mom.

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Not sure if this is cringe or not. Just seems a bit tone deaf. I have multiple friends in salaried roles with great degrees (accounting, nursing, PhD in Chemical Eng) all who didn’t have paid maternity leave. Maybe focus on that before calling out the plight of the man

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My husband took the baby to Costco. The house is quiet. Empty. What do I do?

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Any mom here ever bring up (where context is appropriate) that you have a child in a recruiting process? I’m working in a banking industry where it 100% dedication to work is expected and WLB is almost non-existent. I like the job and have a solid family support to help with the childcare. I feel like it isn’t the best thing to surprise bosses or coworkers that I have a child once you join, but at the same time, I don’t want to be misperceived about my capacity early on. What do y’all think?

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Hi there! After almost 4 years without working (relocated from Argentina to the US, got pregnant and decided to raise my son) I have started to look for a job almost 2 months ago. With more that 35 applications already…. Nooo news at all . I’m starting to get frustrated… I believe that the fact that I’m not working is playing against me. Maybe they believe that my brain has turned into a marshmallow because I haven’t been working for the last 4 years ….. Any advice? My field is FP&A. Thanks!

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Amerisourcebergen refuses to give people raises amd will only give raises to people who they like vs based on performance. Hr constantly wants to argue with you and treat you like a child. Had a manager tell me I couldn't take fmla because they were short staffed. I took it anyways and when I returned he attempted to write me up and threatened to fire me if I don't sign it

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I just joined this bowl because husband and I are thinking of a kid next year and I have so much anxiety about this job and a kid. I just started last August and am the breadwinner and may not even

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Hello Everyone, I am looking for some excel tips to create Bill of materials using the master database. Example my master database has got Parent item and their corresponding child item details. Tricky part is - sometimes a child item can be a parent item by itself, which means I have further explode that child item to its micro level.

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Feeling frustrated. Our reentry was delayed again, so I’m trying to get confirmation to continue teaching from home since we have a little baby. Well, admin says we have to get approval from HR, and HR says it’s really up to the principal whom they can’t get a hold of. If I have to go in then I’m taking sick days until my maternity leave kicks in next Thursday.  It seems simple enough to me that they would want me to keep teaching my own kids. HR seems to be on my side.

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Hello Fishes,
My wife worked in a pharmaceutical manufacturing industry as a QA Officer. Due to maternity complication she took approx. 2 years gap for her career. Meanwhile she learned few courses like PV, CDM, Clinical Research.
Here my question, now she want to start her career again with her new skills in CDM, PV.
1. Which one will have growth CDM or PV?
2. Does they consider earlier experience because she had a gap.?

Waiting for few suggestions and if any reference 😊

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Feeling so annoyed at work and basically hating my job. Every inconvenience makes me annoyed, does this happen or normal. I am pregnant, very early from a frozen embryo transfer. I have been taking estrogen & progesterone. I wish I didn’t have to work!

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Pregnant wife is having small portion meals lately, so i asked why she is eating less than usual. She read somewhere that eating too much can lead to oversized baby, making the delivery more painful, so it looks like she may be controlling the portion because of this. Is not eating enough a cause for concern?

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