It may be cold and dreary outside now, but springy Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Since it’s never too soon to start making your wish-list (and dropping hints), we want to know what really makes the day special for you.
Moms, this is your chance to weigh-in (Dads, take note)! Vote in our poll below, and check out the final results in our May issue.
While cramming your child’s backpack with freshly sharpened pencils, unopened glue sticks, and clean notebooks in preparation for the starting school year, you can’t help but be giddy thinking of all the potential knowledge and useful life skills he’s going to gain soon. Meanwhile, he’s squirming in anticipation (and maybe anxiety) at the thought of new friendships, test prep, and recess.
However, the rest of the country isn’t up to par on education enthusiasm; a recent poll found that confidence in U.S. schools is at a new low. According to the survey, only 29 percent of Americans expressed “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in our public schools. A startling 30 percent said they have very little or no confidence in public schools at all.
Why such a gloomy outlook? It could be because of new reports that find the U.S. education system has ineffectively prepared kids for economic prosperity and global competition. Or, perhaps, the fact that general dissatisfaction in U.S. institutions is a common theme as of late, according to recent Gallup polls.
To guarantee your kid is getting the most out of his school year, take a peek behind the schoolhouse doors and into the minds of the real crusaders of classroom victory: teachers and school staff. Their confidential pearls of wisdom will pave the way to academic excellence — for students and parents.
We’ve interrupted our regularly scheduled “Friday Night Movies” column to bring you our First Annual Readers’ Movie Poll. Now that Labor Day is upon us and the summer blockbuster season is sadly coming to a close, we want to know which family-friendly movies and DVDs have become your favorites of the year (so far). Vote in the poll below. Don’t see your pick for best movie or DVD? Add it in the comments section below! We’d love for your family to weigh in!
P.S. While they’re not out yet, a few classics that we’re excited for are re-releasing on DVD and Blu-ray this fall. If you think Dumbo (70th Anniversary Edition), The Lion King (3D), or Willy Wonka & Chocolate Factory (40th Anniversary Edition) still has what it takes to blow away the new guys, feel free to make one of them your top pick in the comments. Happy voting!
A new study from iVillage and TODAY.com shows salary reigns supreme when it comes to job priorities among working mothers—even when compared with important factors like a family-friendly work environment and job enjoyment.
This is just one interesting finding from the newly-published 2011 Moms At Work Survey. Overall, the survey paints a picture of the modern mom taking charge in both the office and the home. It seems this woman really can have it all—as long as a personal assistant is thrown into the mix! And interestingly, 70% of the working moms polled would prefer the assistant to help manage the running of their households rather than their work lives.
Additional results show eight out of ten working mothers “are earning at least half or more of their household’s income.” And the work doesn’t end at the office. According to the poll, more than two-thirds (68%) of working moms are still responsible for the majority of household chores so it comes as no surprise that 90% of them report feeling tired and stressed!
”Unfortunately, what working moms have the least time for is themselves — something to keep in mind as we think of ways to pamper mom on Mother’s Day,” said Kelly Wallace, Chief Correspondent, at iVillage.
The study also found:
Women aren’t receiving a passing grade when it comes to healthy habits. 77% agree that juggling work and family makes it hard to live a healthy lifestyle with close to 25% of moms reporting that they are not allowed to get sick!
While the good news is that 59% of women surveyed are satisfied with the amount of time spent with their children, almost half, 47%, are not satisfied with the amount of time spent keeping fit/healthy.
23% of working moms polled would welcome increased support from friends and family, and 41% want more support from their husband/partner to make their lives easier.
Part-time working moms are closest to achieving work-life balance, with 46% reporting that they are “busy but balanced: I’ve found harmony between work and home,” compared to just 20% of full-time working moms who can say the same.
Merely 3 out of 10 women are happy with the amount of time they are able to spend alone with their partners once out of the office.
Today’s working mom is more mobile than ever before! 67% of working moms rely on their smart phone to make their lives easier.
If you’re a working mom, how do you juggle the demands of work and home life? Share your solutions for keeping stress levels in check.
After a long, hard winter, today is officially the first full day of spring. A fact you may have missed if you were in NYC this morning, where we were greeted with a rain-snow mix for a short time. Oh, Mother Nature! In any case, we’re honoring the changing of the seasons and the warmer weather to come (fingers crossed) with a Parents poll. We want to know where’s the best place to spread out a blanket and open up a picnic basket with your little one for the first time. Cast your vote below.
You want to support your little budding artists, but the amount of artwork is taking over every inch of your storage space.
A recent New York Times article noted a growing dilemma among parents–where (or how) to store all the glittery scribbles their children produce at school, at home, and just about everywhere. Some parents ruthlessly edit or surreptitiously discard less-inspired artwork, intent on keeping the home uncluttered while teaching their kids not to be sentimental pack rats.
Other parents, however, can’t bear to part with their children’s drawings and paintings (no matter how banal), preferring to find creative storage or display solutions. Still others have discovered the savvy (but time-consuming) solution of scanning all their children’s artwork onto a computer and compiling a digital scrapbook.