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Twitter is allowing their employees to work from home forever
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Before the pandemic hit many companies were still apprehensive about embracing remote work, but as Motherly co-founder Jill Koziol has previously stated, embracing remote work is key in supporting working parents.

Motherly has been fully remote since its inception and Twitter may soon be, too. This week Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told his employees that they will be able to work from home forever, even if Twitter's offices reopen in the future.

As first reported by BuzzFeed News, Dorsey stated in an email that all in-person events at the company are canceled for 2020 and that Twitter's offices may not open until September. When the workspaces do open employees won't have to come if they are more comfortable working from home.


Certain industries, like tech, are more likely to offer telecommuting opportunities to employees but even if you don't work for Twitter you can figure out how to make remote work last beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

Every year FlexJobs (a trustworthy website for remote job seekers) compiles a list of the top 100 companies offering telecommuting opportunities. Williams Sonoma is in the top 20, as is Education First, a provider of online educational programs. If you have a second language, a telephone interpreting firm is on the list. There are plenty of telecommuting opportunities in insurance as well.

If you've already got a job and you just don't want to give up working from home when the pandemic ends, a simple conversation with your boss could pave the way for permanent remote work. According to the Harvard Business Review, parents asking to work remotely should present their argument in terms of how it would benefit the company (even if it would benefit your family even more). Explaining to your boss how eliminating a grinding commute would free you up to do more client outreach is one example of a compelling argument.

Findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that if you're in management, business, financial operations or a so-called professional job, you're more likely to hear “yes" when asking for telecommuting opportunities. But if it's a no from your boss, don't lose hope. In most two-parent U.S. households both parents are working, so the need for employee work-life balance is becoming a bigger and bigger part of corporate culture and paving the way for flexible work arrangements.

Motherly's third annual State of Motherhood survey found that what mothers want most from employers in a post-COVID world is want more flexibility for themselves or their partners. We're not past the pandemic yet, but Twitter's bold declaration makes it more likely that when we do get to the other side of this crisis remote work won't just be a dream, it will be a reality for more parents.

[A version of this post was originally published September 15, 2017.]

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    An expectant mama's to-do list can feel endless… but here's the good news: A lot of those tasks are actually really exciting. Planning your baby registry is especially thrilling: You get a say in what gifts friends and family members will buy for your new addition!

    But it can also feel a bit overwhelming to make sense of all the gear on the market. That's why we suggest mentally dividing your registry into two categories: items you need to prepare for your baby's arrival and items that sure would be nice to have.

    Here at Motherly, our editors have dozens of kids and years of parenting experience among us, so we know our way around the essentials. We also know how mama-friendly the registry-building experience is with Target, especially thanks to their recently upgraded registry and introduction of Year of Benefits. Just by creating your baby registry with Target, you'll snag a kit with $120 in discounts and samples. The savings keep coming: You'll also get two 15% off coupons to buy unpurchased items from your registry for up to a year after your baby's expected arrival. Change your mind about anything? The Year of Benefits allows for returns or exchanges for a full year. And as of August 2020, those who also sign up for Target Circle when creating a baby registry will also get the retailer's Year of Exclusive Deals, which includes ongoing discounts on baby essentials for a full year.

    Here are 10 items we agree deserve a spot in the "need" category on your registry, mama.


    A crib to grow with your baby

    Delta Children Farmhouse 6-in-1 Convertible Crib

    First-time mamas are likely creating nursery spaces for the first time, and that can get expensive. Adding a quality crib to Target registry gives friends and family members the option to join forces to make a large purchase through group gifting.

    $269.99

    A safe + convenient car seat

    Safety 1st OnBoard 35 LT Infant Car Seat

    The list of non-negotiable baby essentials is pretty short, but it definitely includes a car seat. In fact, most hospitals will not allow you to leave after delivery until a car seat check is performed. We recommend an infant seat, which can easily snap into a base in your car.

    $99.99

    A traveling nursery station

    Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center

    It's hard to beat a good playard when it comes to longevity. This item can be baby's sleeping place when they're sharing a room with you for the first months. Down the line, it can function as a roving diaper change station. And when you travel, it makes a great safe space for your little one to sleep and play.

    $99.99

    A swing for some backup help

    4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth Enabled High-Tech Baby Swing - Classic

    A dependable swing can be a real lifesaver for new parents when they need their hands free (or just a minute to themselves). Because many babies are opinionated about these things, we appreciate that the mamaRoo has multiple modes of motion and soothing sounds.

    $219.99

    An easy-to-clean high chair

    Ingenuity SmartClean Trio Elite 3-in-1 High Chair - Slate

    Our best registry advice? Think ahead. It really won't be long before your child is ready for those first bites of solid food, at which point you'll need a high chair. We like one that transitions to a booster seat atop an existing dining room chair.

    $99.99

    A diaper bag to share

    Eddie Bauer Backpack - Gray/Tan

    When you're a mom, you're usually toting diapers, wipes, clothing changes, bottles, snacks, toys and more. You need a great bag to stash it all, and if you're anything like us, you'll choose a backpack style for comfort and functionality. Bonus: This gender neutral option can easily be passed off to your partner.

    $64.99

    A hygienic spot for all those diaper changes

    Munchkin Secure Grip Waterproof Diaper Changing Pad 16X31"

    We can confidently predict there will be a lot of diaper changes in your future. Do yourself a favor by registering for two comfortable, wipeable changing pads: one to keep in the nursery and another to stash elsewhere in your house.

    $29.99

    A way to keep an eye on your baby at night

    Infant Optics Video Baby Monitor DXR-8

    Feeling peace of mind while your baby sleeps in another room truly is priceless.That's why we advocate for a quality video monitor that will allow you to keep tabs on your snoozing sweetheart.

    $165.99

    A comfortable carrier to free up your hands

    Petunia Pickle Bottom for Moby Wrap Baby Carrier, Strolling in Salvador

    A wrap carrier may be about as low-tech as baby items come, but trust us, this product stands the test of time. Great for use around the house or while running errands, this is one item you'll appreciate so much.

    $39.99

    A full set of bottles + cleaning supplies

    Dr. Brown's Options+ Complete Baby Bottle Gift Set

    Whether you plan to work in an office or stay at home, breastfeed or formula feed, bottles are a valuable tool. To make your life as simple as possible, it's nice to have an easy-to-clean set that is designed to work through the first year.

    $39.99

    Target's baby registry is easy to create from the comfort of your own home. Start your Target baby registry now and enjoy shopping with the Year of Benefits featuring exclusive deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more!

    This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.


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