The Best of the Rest of the Web: Kids Are Weird, Multitasking, and Work-Flex Benefits


From the April 2014 issues of NYMetroParents comes a selection of funny and thoughtful quotes about the benefits of flexible work options, women and multitasking, fussy eaters, and the wonderful weirdness of kids.


"Nothing gives me so much satisfaction as presenting my child with a carefully prepared and beautifully plated homemade dinner…. Until she covers it with ketchup."

—a Scarsdale mom of two girls on her personal Facebook page, where she keeps her friends in stiches on the regular; if her comment strikes a chord, check out NYMetroParents’ tips for getting even the fussiest eaters to try new foods, at


pink lip gloss"I know we all have responsibilities as wives, mothers, employees, friends, and daughters. I know we are often pulled in 12 directions at one time on any given day, and that we learned how to effectively multitask around the same time we started using lip gloss. But when did we become so adept at meeting other people’s needs that we virtually ignore our own?"

—Rosemarie Coppola-Baldwin, a NYC-area lawyer and mom who resolved to stop putting everyone else first in the hopes of setting an example for her daughter that women can “be assertive while still being kind and responsible,” on her Mommy Vortex blog at


"…flexible work options facilitate a productive process whereby people with lower stress and richer home lives perform better at work. (Indeed, a large body of research shows that using work-flex enhances job motivation and performance.)"

—Nanette Fondas (@NanetteFondas), mom of four and author of the book The Custom-Fit Workplace, in a post on The Harvard Business Review blogs entitled “After Your ‘Daddy Days’ End”; read it to see what happens after paternity leave—and to be surprised by all the compelling research she references


jeffrey brown comic about kids in bathroom

—panel from a funny new book by father-of-two Jeffrey Brown (, Kids Are Weird And Other Observations from Parenthood (Chronicle); check it out for some madcap moments, including a few you may recognize but not automatically cop to (like the time your—umm, his—kid drew a bottle of wine with chalk on the sidewalk “because you like wine!”)


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