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Want a good employee? Hire a mom

Instead of the “motherhood penalty,” there should be the motherhood bonus, TBH.

Want a good employee? Hire a mom

When you find out you’re pregnant, you’re probably bursting to spill the beans to your partner, your BFF and your mom. One person you’re likely not looking forward to telling? Your boss. For many working women, the “motherhood penalty” is a very real problem: Research has shown that for every child a woman has, her earnings suffer by about five percent.


Add to that the conclusion of a new study—that women have to be nicer at work than men do—and it may not seem like a pretty picture. But, according to career coach Eileen Chadnick, the same skills that make us great moms make us assets in the office.

“This is not a weakness,” Chadnick told Motherly. “You do not need to compromise those beautiful skills of empathy and compassion.”

In the newly released study about how women’s attitudes influence their perceptions in the office place, the authors expressed concern that having to appear “nice” may further slow down a women’s advancement. For their research, which will be included in the forthcoming Human Resource Management journal, they analyzed how supervisors regarded more than 200 computer engineers at a multinational company. They then found that men who self-assessed as confident were more likely to be perceived as influential by colleagues. The women, on the other hand, were only perceived as influential if they were confident and demonstrated a level of concern for their colleagues.

According to Chadnick there’s nothing wrong with looking out for one’s coworkers—but there are a few other actionable ways women can stand out as leaders.

“There are incredibly nice, compassionate women who are very strong and know how to take a stand,” she said. “And they’re trusted and admired by others even if they need to say ‘no’ to their employees.”

In order to be seen as leaders—without constantly getting weighed down by the mental load of caretaking at work—Chadnick suggested working women instead concern themselves with authenticity. As she said, “There’s no reason why women cannot be assertive and liked all at the same time.”

In this way, who could possibly be more qualified than moms? (Raise your hand if you were successfully assertive with little one today! ?)

Thankfully, in her experience as a career coach, Chadnick said it seems more employers are recognizing the advantages of these unique qualities.

“Increasingly, smart organizations are hiring people for leadership roles who are able to grow their team,” she said. “That is not just their own self-confidence, but are they leaning in and developing others.”

And, if there’s one thing moms are great at, it’s helping others grow.

We're so glad to live in a time when modern baby gear exists. Sure, no one is going to argue that having a baby is easy—but it can be easier with support from some gadgets designed to help your baby and put your mind at ease.

As you build your baby registry, look for products that go the extra mile to make your life a whole lot easier. For example, what's better than a bassinet? A bassinet that can rock by itself. And what's better than a traditional baby monitor? One that allows you to actually take a peek at your baby. Believe us when we say these upgrades can make all the difference.

Here are 10 baby gadgets that will make your life so much easier… relatively speaking, of course!


A bassinet to promote safe + sound sleep

HALO Innovations Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Essenta Series Nautical Net

The safest place for your newborn to sleep is in your room, but not in your bed. Thanks to the swivel function of the Halo Bassinest, you can easily tend to your baby during the night—which means more sleep for you, too. Trust us when we say that is the best gift you can give a new parent.

$239.99

A smart swing for your baby

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

Believe it or not, many babies are born with strong opinions about how they want to be rocked, swung or shushed to calm down. With the mamaRoo's various motions and reclining positions, you'll be able to find a setting your baby loves when you need to free up your hands for a bit.

$219.99

A complete travel system for car + sidewalk

Chicco Bravo Travel System - Indigo

No matter where the day takes you—or what mode of transportation you need to get there—getting a complete travel system for your baby will equip you for anything.

$379.99

A swaddle you don’t have to wrestle

Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original

What do babies and Harry Houdini have in common? A knack for breaking out of tight constraints—which can be a headache when swaddling is the best way to help promote good sleep. Thanks to a breakout-proof swaddle that allows your baby to sleep with their hands up, you don't have to work up a sweat just to get your baby comfortably swaddled.

$29.99

A nursery wherever you need it

Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center

During the early days of parenting (when you are feeding and changing your baby around the clock), having convenient access to everything you need with a go-anywhere nursery station can save you serious time and energy.

$99.99

A little help for stuffy noses

Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator

Up until the point years down the road when your child is able to blow their own nose, the sniffles can be a real struggle—but not with a nasal aspirator that makes it easy for you to get that snot out of their nose.

$15.99

A way to keep an eye on your baby

VTech 5" Digital Video Baby Monitor - VM5251

Trust us when we say you'll sleep better when you know your baby is also sleeping soundly. That's why we're so thankful for modern-day video monitors, which allow you to check in on your sleeping baby without running the risk of waking them up when you sneak in for a peek.

$79.99

A bassinet for hands-free rocking

Simmons Kids Silent Auto Gliding Elite Bassinet - Odyssey

Babies are soothed by rocking motions. But what does that mean for you if you can't rock them throughout the night? With an auto-gliding bassinet, they can comfortably drift off to sleep... and continue snoozing.

$99.99

An easy way to contain diaper smells

Diaper Genie Expressions Pail

Sometimes it's the little conveniences that make a big difference in the quality of your day-to-day life. That's why a great diaper pail should not be undervalued: By containing the smell, you will save yourself dozens upon dozens of trips to the garbage can.

$24.99

A white noise machine that pulls double duty

Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

A phone-controlled sound machine may be something you never considered until now, but it will be a major lifesaver for years to come, especially as it can also function as a time-to-rise clock that promotes good sleep habits for your child.

$59.99

And as for securing all these awesome products? Well, a Target baby registry is the way to do it. By creating your baby registry with Target, you will also enjoy their Year of Benefits registry program, which includes perks like a welcome kit with more than $100 in savings and samples, two 15% off coupons to complete your registry, and a full year of returns. The benefits are better than ever right now: Target just launched the Year of Exclusive Deals perk as one of its registry benefits, and this includes a year's worth of discounts on baby essentials (think diapers and formula) and comes complementary when you sign up for Target Circle.

Because while parenting may not be "easy," deciding to register with Target definitely is an easy decision. Start your Target baby registry now and enjoy shopping with a Year of Benefits featuring a Year of 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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