“Hubby and I have been together for ten years in July; we have four kids together. He is the only one that works, so I can stay at home with the kids.”
A mom writes in asking for advice about anxiety stemming from a potentially major life change. She says she was recently accepted into the program of her dreams. The problem? It will mean she spends a lot less time with her twins. She has been a stay-at-home-mom since she had her twins two years ago, and she is struggling with the thought of being away from her babies for most of the week. She asks for advice from other moms about how to cope with this big change… or even whether she should consider delaying her start in the program.
When Ellen DeGeneres launched her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, in 2003, she quickly became a beloved icon of daytime TV. Her brand was all laughter and dancing and positivity, and it resonated for more than a decade. But behind that façade of kindness, something less kind has allegedly been happening.
If you spent the 2000s bopping to Fergie — both as a solo superstar and as part of the Black Eyed Peas — you may have been excited to see that the BEP just released a new album, Translation. But beware: Fergie, who was a key part of the group’s biggest hits like “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling,” is not singing with them this time out.
A mom writes in asking for advice about her husband pressuring her to return to work. This mom has long suffered from Bipolar Manic Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. In previous jobs, she has needed to do avoid traditional retail positions and focus on work where she did not need to communicate with other humans much, due to her mental health. Her husband, however, spends a lot of money and is pressuring her to return to work, despite her current role as a stay-at-home mom. What should she do?
A mom-to-be writes in asking for advice about maternity leave. She says she and her boyfriend are expecting their first child in December. Her job does not offer paid maternity leave. She looked into adding short-term disability into her benefits package at work, but due to the circumstances, her pregnancy is considered a “pre-existing condition” and would not be covered. Looking into private insurance has not yielded any good options either. What can this mom-to-be do?
A mom writes in asking for advice about how best to announce her pregnancy to her co-workers and her company overall. She says this is a tricky situation for many reasons: One, she is currently laid off due to the pandemic, which complicates making any kind of announcement. Two, she says her co-workers are very judgemental and she is afraid they will talk nastily behind her back about the circumstances of her pregnancy. Third, one of her co-workers suffered a miscarriage in February, and this mom wants to be sensitive to her with the announcement.
A mom writes in asking for advice about her relationship. She says that her partner and his son recently moved in her — she also has a child from a previous relationship and is currently pregnant — and gets mad when she asks him to be more proactive in finding work. He thinks it’s unfair that he has to work while she doesn’t, even though she’s managing the household.
Going back to work after having a baby is tough enough without adding on the stress of pumping in an office. Whether you’re pumping in your office’s lactation room or trying to carve out a bit of space to pump in private, you’re bound to encounter at least a handful of awkward situations. To help a feel a little less alone in the embarrassing pumping-at-work moments, we collected some stories from moms who have had their fair share of tough pumping moments. RELATED: Cheat Sheet: These Are the 11 Things You Actually Need if You’re Planning to Pump at Work Embarrassing Pumping-At-Work Stories From Real Moms via GIPHY “I went back to work as a nursery school teacher right when my son was three months old. The only place they had free for me to pump was the Xerox machine/printer room. I would draw the shade down and people would know that they had to wait to go in until I was done pumping. Well, the Xerox machine repairman didn’t know about shade down rule and walked right in, stared for a bit like a deer in headlights until I said, “ummm, it’s going to be another 10 minutes.” There …