What we went through last year, and what we are still going through, is beyond comprehension and imagination. Many pandemic parents are still trying to survive, out of work, and picking up the pieces from last year. Many more are grieving deeply, and some of us don’t have a clear roadmap for grief or recovery. Pandemic parents feel anything from grief to resilience, anger to exhaustion. We are not the same as before.
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10 Conversation Starters To Dive Deeper When We Talk About the Challenges of Being A Working Parent
If you can, bring a group of people together for a dinner or a virtual hangout to talk about the challenges facing working parents. Here are the ways we gather together in community at Startup Pregnant, plus ten conversation starters to use for your own deep-dive. Use them to gather people together. Have everyone share what comes up for them. Sometimes sharing your story is the shift you need to make the next month a whole lot better.
Why Is Parenting So Exhausting and Lonely? Kurt Vonnegut on Family, Marriage, and Needing 50 People
I don’t think I was prepared for how exhausting and lonely parenting can be. Despite having active young kids and constantly playing with them, I still found myself longing for time to myself. Time to think, and time to talk to other adult humans about things beyond parenting. Then I stumbled across this concept.
Let’s Stop Asking Pregnant Women If They’re Excited About Being Pregnant
The other day, I heard myself say, “Are you so excited?!” to a friend that’s 8 months pregnant. Why are the questions we are asking pregnant women so bad? I HATED getting that question because the answer was always no. Here are a bunch of better questions we can ask each other.
Prepping for Maternity Leave — Episode #086 With Co-Host Cary Fortin (The Friendship Series)
While maternity leave in the U.S. is already problematic, it is even more challenging for female business owners and entrepreneurs.
Conversation Starters: How to Go From Small Talk to Deeper Connection
Dinner party conversations can be awkward if there isn’t a guided way to get through them, or if you don’t have experience with small talk. Here are two conversation starters that help break the ice and change the dynamic at a family dinner, group meeting, or more.
The Fatigue is REAL — Episode #085 With Co-Host Cary Fortin (The Friendship Series)
Pregnant women and new moms deal with fatigue on a grand scale. Our bodies are doing a lot of work, and we are sleep deprived like never before. So, how do you function?
Making Friends: A Few Helpful Strategies — Episode #084
Maintaining meaningful friendships as adults can be a challenge, but you can take a proactive approach: yes, it takes work and commitment, but the benefits far outweigh the initial discomfort of putting yourself out there.
Cultivating Adult Female Friendships — Episode #083 With Co-Host Cary Fortin (The Friendship Series)
If you are working parent, chances are that career and family dominate your time and attention. So how do you make time to build new female friendships? Co-host Cary Fortin and I discuss how to foster existing relationships, start new ones and decide when it’s time to call it quits on a friendship that isn’t working anymore.
Doing Less in Business — Episode #082 With Co-Host Cary Fortin (The Friendship Series)
In planning for my second pregnancy, I thought about designing a business in Startup Pregnant that would serve my life: I got strategic about doing less.
Honest Conversations About the Hard Things — Episode #081 With Co-Host Cary Fortin (The Friendship Series)
While on maternity leave, I am sharing some honest conversations with one of my best friends, Cary Fortin, through our new Friendship Series.
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