Working Parents

Let’s face it: being a working parent in the U.S. is much more difficult than it is in other industrialized countries. We’re denied not only the basic guarantee of paid maternity leave*, but also childcare, healthcare, and higher education are extremely expensive. Consider the following:

Being a working mother or father is stressful, and with dual-income families increasingly the norm in this country, many people are feeling the strain. From scripts to help working parents negotiate more flexible work arrangements to blueprints from countries which offer policy solutions, these resources are designed with working parents in mind.

*According to the International Labour Organization, there are two countries out of 170 studied that provide no cash benefits to women during maternity leave: New Guinea and the United States.

Summer Camps for Low-Income Families

For most American children, summer marks a reprieve from books and tests. However, for many working parents, it epitomizes the widespread shortage of affordable childcare. There are a lot of local, private, and donor-funded programs designed to help families send their kids to day schools and summer camps at little to no cost.

Guide to Awesome Careers for Parents

The era of single-earner families is waning. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly two-thirds of married-couple families with children under 18 are dual-income homes, and if numbers over the last decade are any indication, the trend is unlikely to reverse any time soon.

How France and Other Countries Support Parents Who Work

The U.S. lags behind other countries in supporting parents who work. This is true not just in terms of equitable pay for women, but also for paid maternity and paternity leave, family benefits (e.g., flexible scheduling, on-site daycare), and other assistance for workers raising families.

What Working Parents Really Want

Historically, most American families could subsist on a single income. Those days are long gone as modern parents are forced to juggle their professional and familial responsibilities. According to The Washington Post, decades of falling or stagnant earnings and rising costs make two-paycheck homes a necessity.