Growing a family while growing a business is hard work.  My family mentors in the small business sector are my dad, who, when laid off as an accountant at a large petrochemical company, started a private practice in the spare bedroom of our house,

and my grandfather, who ran a successful shoe company in Stratford in the ’50s and ’60s. I didn’t, however, have female mentors in the family, and most of my dad’s colleagues were male.  Gender isn’t always a factor, but when I consider the shift in perspective I had towards caregiving when I became a mother, for me, having female role models in the business world growing up would have been helpful.

Now, however, there are so many mentors and role models we can learn from and connect with, and a plethora of resources for figuring out how to shape our vision as parents and practitioners.

This page will focus on sharing resources related to our families, our parenting roles, and the challenges related to feeling joy about the way our families and our businesses move together.

Distracted Parenting and Social Media:

This topic was covered in a Jam Session on October 25, 2018.  The following resources talk about the balance, the benefit, and the challenge.

The challenges:

Erika Christakis (July/August 2018). The Dangers of Distracted Parenting: When it comes to children’s development, parents should worry less about kids’ screen time—and more about their own. The Atlantic. Available here.

Mark Griffiths (May 2018). Addicted to Social Media?  What can we do about it [sic] problematic, excessive use. Psychology Today.  Available here.

Mackenzie Dawson. Parenting in a Fakebook World: How social media is affecting your parenting.  Parents Magazine.  Available here.

What to do about it:

Ibrahim Hussain. Managing your social network addiction. Lifehack Available here.

And one with a positive slant:

Andrew Arnold (March 2018). How Millenials are using social media to become more competent parents.  Forbes.  Available here.