French moms aren’t superior parents—they just have it easier

(…) Before latching onto the next do-it-like-the-French checklist, we should acknowledge the following:

  • French women get paid to have babies. Unlike in the US, new mothers don’t have to take unpaid disability leave to have their kids. They get 16 full weeks of paid leave for the first and second child, and 26 for the third. They also get a government allowance for having kids based on their income, including supplements if they want to go part-time or hire a nanny.
  • French women get affordable and available childcare. Women can take their babies to a crèche, or high-quality day care center, from about six weeks of age (granted, there are often waiting lists), which helps mothers to go back to work. Families pay on a sliding scale based on income and the centers are highly regulated with national standards. And, perhaps most importantly, the staff are well-paid and have very low turnover, unlike in the US, where child care is treated like the wild wild west.
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LU SUR LE NET – Parents pay extra to find child care in the right place at the right time

img_4915Claudia Grossmann started searching for day care soon after she became pregnant. The Mount Pleasant mother-to-be put her name on a half-dozen wait lists and regularly checked in with her top choice: a nationally accredited center in her neighborhood with a dual-language program. The wait list was long, but one August day, she got a call. A spot was available starting the next month. Only catch: Her baby was not yet born. Lire la suite

Trump’s Ideas for Change in the Workplace

Now that Donald Trump has been elected president, the electorate is taking a closer look at his priorities. For HR professionals, his positions on issues affecting the workplace are of particular interest. In some cases, he is calling for less regulation; in other situations, he calls for more. And his proposals aren’t without some controversy. Lire la suite

GROSSESSE – Trop de césariennes aux Etats-Unis…

031Aux Etats-Unis, le taux d’accouchement par césarienne atteint les 30 % (contre 22 % en France), alors que l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé préconise un taux maximal de 15 % pour cette pratique qui doit être réservée en cas d’indications médicales précises. Et pour certains américains, il semblerait que la césarienne soit une « option de facilité » ou d’un « sous-accouchement »….Facile pour les médecins principalement… Lire la suite

Moi et mes produits de beauté

Cosmetiques2Il y a quelques semaines, je suis tombée sur un article qui disait «une Coréenne utilise en moyenne huit cosmétiques différents par jour, quand une Française se contente de trois».
Cela m’a poussée à me poser la question de savoir combien de cosmétiques j’utilise par jour. Vous allez être choqué ! Voici le décompte.

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