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Should Parents Be Paid To Stay At Home?

Tell Us What You Think!

The idea to pay stay-at-home parents isn't new. For years, proponents of "traditional" family values have advocated for policies that would ensure one parent (presumably the mother) could stay home with the children.

But now, it's those on the left that are embracing the idea — 6 of the Democratic senators running for president are co-sponsoring the American Family Act of 2019, which would make parents who don't work for pay eligible to receive up to $300/month for each child up to age 5 and $250/month for each child age 6-16. Unlike childcare subsidies or tax credits, this would make it easier for parents not to work.

Claire Cain Miller wrote about this interesting bi-partisan issue in a recent New York Times Article, "Stay-at-Home Parents Work Hard. Should They Be Paid?"

It's a bit of a conundrum for each party. In a nutshell:

  • The left DOES want women to be compensated for their unpaid labor at home and raising children, but they DON'T want to hold women back in the workforce by re-cementing typical gender roles, given that the majority of stay-at-home parents are women.
  • The right DOES want to support traditional families and gender roles, but they DON'T want to expand government benefits.

Read her full article here and tell us what you think in the comments—should stay-at-home parents be paid? Given that the majority of stay-at-home parents are women, is offering pay for child rearing freeing or stifling?

What other measures would you propose to help parents balance work and family?

P.S. To engage in a conversation like this in real time, join us for our first ever Parents' Panel!


How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to a recent study, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% since the pandemic started. But these acts of violence are not new — they are part of a much larger history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.


5 Things All Product Managers Should Do for Their Engineers (And Vice Versa)

Tips from SeatGeek's Anuja Chavan

When Anuja Chaven turns on a fan in her house in Jersey City, she can't help but think about how every piece of it works.

"There are an extensive amount of things that have to go perfectly at the same time," says the former engineer (and current product manager at live event ticketing platform SeatGeek).

It was that interest in understanding how things actually worked that drove Anuja to study engineering—first electrical, during her undergrad in India, and then computer science, during her master's program in the U.S.


The Secrets to Balancing Work and Family Life

3 Pieces of Advice from Working Moms at Pluralsight

Being fully committed to work and family is a challenge that many working parents have to take on. It can be exhausting and thankless pursuing a fulfilling full-time career, while taking an active role as a parent. Achieving a healthy balance can help keep you motivated and productive at work, while allowing you to be fully present when you're home.

We recently chatted with working moms at technology skills platform, Pluralsight, about their best advice for striking that elusive work-life balance. Here were their key points:


How to Make the Most of Being on a Growing Team: 3 Tips from Plex’s Adriana Bosinceanu

When the startup Adriana Bosinceanu was working for got acquired, things changed fast.

She went from being one of eight engineers on a small team building a streaming service to joining a company that was five times larger and had a much bigger scope.

That company was Plex, where Adriana has been working remotely as a software engineer for the last four and a half years.

As her team grew from two people to ten, Adriana decided to lean into the opportunity to grow; along the way, she found herself deepening her technical skills, her self-confidence, and her relationships. We sat down with Adriana to learn exactly how she did that, and to hear the tips she has for other engineers experiencing growth opportunities on their team.

Career and Interview Tips

10 Tips to Stand Out at a Virtual Job Fair

Your guide to preparing for virtual career fairs and making a great impression with recruiters

According to a LinkedIn survey, up to 85% of jobs are filled via networking. For job seekers, virtual job fairs make networking with recruiters more convenient. You can interact with potential employers from all over the world, ask them questions, and apply for jobs. Every event is different, but they most often include video conferencing features, chat rooms, and Q&A sessions.

Dilyara Timerbulatova, Virtual Job Fair Coordinator at PowerToFly explains that, "virtual job fairs have many benefits, namely connecting top talent and recruiters that would otherwise never cross paths. These events are a tool to help companies build well-rounded, diverse teams that align with the company culture and business vision."

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