Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is under fire for unceremoniously ending the company’s telecommute program. Mayer is now being attacked, being called anti-family, old fashioned, even a hypocrite because she paid to have a nursery built adjacent to her own office. 
A few very quick thoughts on this:
1. Many of the CEOs and tech industry people with whom I have heard from (blog posts, professional forums) agree that this decision was probably more about righting the ship than about attacking peoples’ lifestyles. Yahoo is in trouble and it needs help. Mayer was trying to implement an “all hands on deck,” kind of solution, they say. 
2. From a PR standpoint, Yahoo and Mayer could have handled this better.
3. It is nice to see so many people coming to the defense of non-traditional work arrangements (flex schedule, working from home etc) and to see this issue getting so much attention. 
4. I would like to see more fathers and non-parents weigh in on this issue. This is not just a “mom issue.” It is not even just a parent issue. Improving work/life balance would benefit all of society. 
—Dawn Siff, Parenticity

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is under fire for unceremoniously ending the company’s telecommute program. Mayer is now being attacked, being called anti-family, old fashioned, even a hypocrite because she paid to have a nursery built adjacent to her own office. 

A few very quick thoughts on this:

1. Many of the CEOs and tech industry people with whom I have heard from (blog posts, professional forums) agree that this decision was probably more about righting the ship than about attacking peoples’ lifestyles. Yahoo is in trouble and it needs help. Mayer was trying to implement an “all hands on deck,” kind of solution, they say. 

2. From a PR standpoint, Yahoo and Mayer could have handled this better.

3. It is nice to see so many people coming to the defense of non-traditional work arrangements (flex schedule, working from home etc) and to see this issue getting so much attention. 

4. I would like to see more fathers and non-parents weigh in on this issue. This is not just a “mom issue.” It is not even just a parent issue. Improving work/life balance would benefit all of society. 

—Dawn Siff, Parenticity

Week 25 of Pregnancy - The Glucose Tolerance Test:

Ah, the glucose tolerance test. I could write a book about this one. I failed it the first time and nearly died taking the second one (slight exaggeration, but it was not fun.) I don’t want to scare you, but I do want to say this: Don’t panic if you don’t “pass” the first round.  
Bebe Day by Day - by Pamela Druckerman
A few nights ago I attended a book release party for my friend, Pamela Druckerman. The party was organized by Go Mighty — more about them in a minute.
Pamela’s first parenting book, Bringing Up Bebe, about her experiences as an American ex-pat raising a baby in Paris, traces her journey as from neurotic, overprotective American-style mom — to anthropologist, observing her French counterparts — to a more relaxed parent, in the French style. Her new book, Bebe Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting, builds on her experiences with little lessons, canapé sized bits of advice and takeaways, like:
“Pregnancy is not a Research Project" (a theme I’ve also tried to convey in my Growing and Glowing videos.)
“Don’t Become a ‘Taxi Mother’.”
“Don’t Let Your Child Interrupt You" — and the natural sequel, "Don’t Interrupt Your Child.”
“Back off at the Playground.”
The last one, “Back off at the Playground,” is my personal favorite because I want write an entire ranting manifesto to other parents called: “BACK Off and Away from my Child.” I want to tell them: “I am RIGHT here ten feet away for a reason. I see him, I want him to learn and discover for himself. And why yes, I am reading the paper on my iPhone, quit shooting me the stink-eye.”
At any rate, if you are a new parent, or a not-so-new parent, who is open to seeing what lessons we could all learn and take away from another culture, another philosophy, give her book a read. 
Photos by: Leslie Fandrich,  @LeslieFandrich 
Go Mighty is a fabulous online forum that encourages you to make a list of life goals, connect and create a community to help you support those goals.
—Dawn Siff, Parenticity

Bebe Day by Day - by Pamela Druckerman

A few nights ago I attended a book release party for my friend, Pamela Druckerman. The party was organized by Go Mighty — more about them in a minute.

Pamela’s first parenting book, Bringing Up Bebe, about her experiences as an American ex-pat raising a baby in Paris, traces her journey as from neurotic, overprotective American-style mom — to anthropologist, observing her French counterparts — to a more relaxed parent, in the French style. Her new book, Bebe Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting, builds on her experiences with little lessons, canapé sized bits of advice and takeaways, like:

  • Pregnancy is not a Research Project" (a theme I’ve also tried to convey in my Growing and Glowing videos.)
  • Don’t Become a ‘Taxi Mother’.”
  • Don’t Let Your Child Interrupt You" — and the natural sequel, "Don’t Interrupt Your Child.
  • Back off at the Playground.

The last one, “Back off at the Playground,” is my personal favorite because I want write an entire ranting manifesto to other parents called: “BACK Off and Away from my Child.” I want to tell them: “I am RIGHT here ten feet away for a reason. I see him, I want him to learn and discover for himself. And why yes, I am reading the paper on my iPhone, quit shooting me the stink-eye.”

At any rate, if you are a new parent, or a not-so-new parent, who is open to seeing what lessons we could all learn and take away from another culture, another philosophy, give her book a read. 

Photos by: Leslie Fandrich,  @LeslieFandrich 

Go Mighty is a fabulous online forum that encourages you to make a list of life goals, connect and create a community to help you support those goals.

—Dawn Siff, Parenticity

Your Baby Can Hear You- Should You Change Your Music Now?


Your baby can hear you now, so what will you say to him/her? Do you feel pressure to listen to Beethoven because you read studies that that could make the baby smarter? I say, do what you want to do, listen to what makes you happy. Talk directly to the baby, if YOU want to talk directly to the baby. Don’t do anything you don’t feel like doing in this case, because pregnancy is uncomfortable enough!
—Dawn Siff, Parenticity
improvisingfatherhood:


Parker is really getting big.



Big fan of this dad’s blog. Totally cracks me up. —Dawn Siff, Parenticity

improvisingfatherhood:

Parker is really getting big.


Big fan of this dad’s blog. Totally cracks me up. —Dawn Siff, Parenticity

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Don’t just tell your daughters they are beautiful. Believe you are too!

A beautiful reminder, from offbeatfamilies.com, not just for parents of daughters! We have to be the behavior we want to teach!

Lying is a part of parenthood. No, seriously, it just is - and a new study backs that up. But be careful how much you white lie to your kids… Buzz 60’s Patrick Jones on why!

Week 23: 3D Imaging

There’s an ultrasound place at the mall. What’s the difference between that one and the one at the hospital? Is it safe? For some people, the one or two ultrasounds your doctor orders (and the number will vary depending on your pregnancy and your doctor) just isn’t enough. They want to see the baby more. They want to see the baby more closely. They want to hear the baby more. There are commercial ultrasound places, but every doctor I spoke with about this was not pleased by the idea. I would say if you are interested in these, you should talk to your doctor.

My mom thinks she's the inspiration behind all of my posts.

  • Me: oh, by the way, i'm up to 37 followers on tumblr!
  • Mom: Because of something I said?
This! Yes. Just this. 

This! Yes. Just this. 

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