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Time-Saving Hacks from #Momlife

Goop editors.

Occasionally motherhood can be summed up in a few words: wake the kids, make breakfast, get everyone dressed, leave, forget something, leave again. The ability to navigate all of that—or better yet, to navigate it all with dignity and grace and a modicum of sanity—is as much science as it is art. We asked a few of the women we know best (the ones we share an office with) for the tools (apps, products, coffee) they rely on to keep it all together—seamlessly.

Kate Wolfson goop's executive editor

KATE WOLFSON

EXECUTIVE EDITOR AND MOM TO SONNY, TWO

POPGRIP Rose Gold Aluminum

POPGRIP ROSE GOLD ALUMINUMPopSockets, $15

“My son is a big fan of watching videos of himself during meals. Aren’t we all? (Not stellar parenting, but it works.) Having a PopGrip on my phone means that I can stand it up wherever Sonny choses to take his dinner: the counter, his high chair, the dining table. It’s also a godsend when FaceTiming with his East Coast grandparents in the evenings. Coincidentally, it’s when he’s feeling the most energetic (witching hour is real) and running through the house at full speed—tables, chairs, and the dog be damned. The little grip allows me to aim the camera at him and clear the way at the same time.”

ONCE UPON A FARM Wild Rumpus Avocado

ONCE UPON A FARM WILD RUMPUS AVOCADOOnce Upon a Farm, $28 for an 8-pack

“Jennifer Garner recently launched these awesome organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, BPA-free, refrigerated (a big deal because so many pouches on the market are shelf-stable) baby food pouches. Sonny is almost two, so he’s definitely aged out of baby-food pouches as a meal. They do, however, make for excellent park snacks. He’s a fan of the Wild Rumpus Avocado, Just Right Oats, and Gold-y Mango flavors. And the pouches themselves are recyclable through TerraCycle, so I don’t feel like a total jerk.”

BIG & TINY 1731 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa MonicaBIG & TINY, 1731 OCEAN PARK BLVD., SANTA MONICA

“The weekends are sacred in our family. It’s when the three of us get quality uninterrupted time together. A few times a month, we take Sonny to this adorable play space where he gets to hang out with other kids (supervised, of course), and we can either run errands (Costco!), get breakfast, or simply chill out in the little café area out front. There’s also a work area in the back if we need to drop in and answer emails during the week while he plays. The doors to the play area—where they have swings, a ball pit, and tons of toys—have a little window parents can peek through without disturbing play time. They also host and plan themed birthday parties right on-site, which is a hack all in and of itself.”

Jordan Cunningham goop's senior director, brand partnerships & sales

JORDAN CUNNINGHAM

SENIOR DIRECTOR, BRAND PARTNERSHIPS & SALES, AND MOM TO VIVIENNE, EIGHT MONTHS

DRYBAR Blowout

DRYBAR BLOWOUTDryBar, from $45

“I love going to Drybar. It’s one less thing I need to do in the morning, and it gives me extra time to bang out emails. So much of my job involves meeting with clients, so even though I’m still getting back into the groove, I need to look pulled together. I heard the Drybar founders are coming out with a massage app, Squeeze, soon, too.”

HATCH BABY APP

HATCH BABY APP

“Between sleep deprivation and crazy schedules, this app keeps me sane. You can keep track of feedings, diapers, sleep, weight, and height, but I focus on Vivienne’s feeding schedule. My husband, Chris, and our nanny have access to the app, so they never have to wonder when Vivienne had her last feeding.”

YUMI FOODS

YUMI Yumi, starting at $35 a week

“We introduced Vivienne to solids a little before six months, and the baby-food delivery company Yumi is incredible. Each meal is made with fresh, organic ingredients, and the basic purées are a great way to get her exposed to new tastes. Since her diet consists mostly of breast milk, I just freeze whatever we don’t use right away. For everything else (diapers, household supplies, etc.), I rely heavily on Amazon so I don’t have to make trips to the store.”

TATA HARPER Nourishing Oil CleanserTATA HARPER NOURISHING OIL CLEANSERgoop, $76

VINTNER'S DAUGHTER Active Botanical SerumVINTNER’S DAUGHTER ACTIVE BOTANICAL SERUMgoop, $185

goop by JUICE BEAUTY Revitalizing Day MoisturizerGOOP BY JUICE BEAUTY REVITALIZING DAY MOISTURIZERgoop, $100

“Once I had Vivienne, I knew I needed to simplify everything in my life, and that included having an arsenal of clean products that I know I love. I don’t have time to shower in the morning, so showering at night has become the norm. It also helps cut down on the time I spend getting ready in the morning, so I have more time with Viv.”

Katie DiMatteo goop's senior director, brand partnerships & marketing

KATIE DIMATTEO

SENIOR DIRECTOR, BRAND PARTNERSHIPS & MARKETING, AND MOM TO STELLA, SIX, AND THEO, FOUR

ROCKETS OF AWESOME ROCKETS OF AWESOME Rockets of Awesome, from $20 per season

“I don’t have to spend time shopping, and the kids get something in the mail. Two birds, one stone. This easy-to-use subscription service makes stocking the kids’ closets a breeze.”

Cozi AppCOZI APP

“My husband pulls more than his share of the weight—if he’s cooking, I’m cleaning. If I’m managing the kids’ schedules, he’s handling the car payments. I use the Cozi app to organize our family to-do and shopping lists. I’ll break out my shopping list by type: grocery store, big box, department stores.”

STARBUCKS APP STARBUCKS APP

“My husband and I commute together, so I’ll place an order for our morning coffee as we’re backing out of the driveway.”

HARRY JOSH PRO DRYER 2000HARRY JOSH PRO DRYER 2000goop, $249

“My secret weapon for getting out the door in the morning even faster. It cuts my drying time in half, allowing for a few extra precious minutes of snoozing when the alarm goes off.”

 

Three Ways To Ask For A Flexible Work Schedule

By Mary Beth FerranteForbeswomen.

October is National Work and Family month, a time when employers are encouraged to celebrate progress and also continue to review the business benefits of creating healthier and more flexible work environments. And while businesses should always be thinking about how to better support, engage, or retain their employees, it’s important to use this time to shed a light on the benefits of flexible work.

From my work consulting organizations on how to better support and retain parents, especially new moms, in the workplace, I can tell you flexibility is a key component to success. Were it not for the outdated societal norms that companies and employers still (automatically) employ; women might actually be positioned for gender parity at work. FlexJobs CEO and Founder, Sara Sutton Fell put it this way “By making flexible work options more readily available for all workers, both men, and women, we create a more equitable workforce and reduce the friction between work and life that affects many more women than men.”

Instead, what we see is 43% of highly qualified women with children leaving the workforce either temporarily or for good; which leads to a breakdown in the leadership pipeline. Women who were once sailing smoothly along their career paths and ascending to new heights come crashing down after having children.  For new moms especially, flexibility is critical. There are more reasons than options, for a working mother to request an unconventional work day. And by doing so, both employees and employers have the opportunity to create a more harmonious work environment that benefits everyone.

Freelancers, Part-Timers, and remote workers report greater work-life integration and are typically more satisfied with their work than their non-traditional counterparts. With the emergence of Co-working/childcare spaces, new moms in the workforce can perform their jobs and still be in the same building as their children. These co-working/childcare dwellings not only provide a shared environment for career-minded women to flourish but promote the enrichment and well-being of the children in their care.  Keltse Bilbao, founder, and owner of Big + Tiny located in Los Angeles insists: “Work-life balance can be especially difficult to achieve for parents of young children. Today, people are becoming increasingly more aware of the importance of spending quality time with their loved ones while being productive and successful. Big and Tiny is the space that helps parents achieve this balance.”

Flexibility is one of the most sought-after benefits in the modern workforce. Millennials would actually take less pay if it meant more flexibility at work and increased work-life integration. And while companies are often slow to adopt formal policies, unemployment rates are at all time lows and the war for talent is high.  New parents are poised to ask for more control over their work-life integration. Here are 3 ways to ask for flexibility in your current role:

1. Do your research.

Consult your colleagues to see if they’ve inquired about or received flexible benefits. Does your company have any formal policies around flexibility? If so, take note and include the policy and/or success stories to craft your request. No policy? Start with some key facts about flexibility and determine what your ideal scenario would be to draft your proposal.

2. Company, first. 

Frame your request in a way that clearly outlines, first and foremost, the benefit your flex schedule will have for the company. Address how the flexibility will help those on your team and your boss as well. By putting the company first, your boss will be more receptive and willing to indulge you.

3. Be open to compromise.

If there’s any hesitation or pushback from your employer, ask for a trial period and a temporary arrangement of 3 months.  Or if your initial request is to work remotely full time, consider a trial of just one or two days a week.  Document your productivity and achievements during the trial period, and be open to feedback so that both you and your employee will recognize the benefits of your new flexible schedule.

Moving into a flexible schedule doesn’t have to mean off-ramping. Staying the course and asking for what you need can be a win-win for everyone; workers are happier/less stressed which increases productivity, while companies benefit from higher employee retention.

Mary Beth Ferrante is CEO of Live.Work.Lead. and drives organizations to provide better support for working parents, especially new moms. Download her whitepaper and follow her on Instagram.

 

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