Working Parents Need a “Parenting Posse”

by Alison Beard

Quick Takes

  • Take time to engage with a wide variety of parents
  • Offer to help drive a kid to practice or contribute to a class party
  • Be generous with your encouragement and what’s worked for you
  • Ask for help—even at the last minute
  • Listen and learn from other parents

On a typical Monday, at the start of a super-busy workweek for me, one of my mom friends, Heather, picked up my daughter from school and kept her into the evening. On Tuesday, another mom friend, Nicolle, drove my son to his 5:45 p.m. basketball practice. On Wednesday, Tricia handled the cooking-class-to-home carpool. On Thursday, Sarah chaperoned both of our daughters at skating. And, on Friday, Rebecca helped me think ...

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