- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 14, 2005

More info:

Books —

• “Starting in Our Own Backyards: How Working Families Can Build Community and Survive the New Economy,” by Ann Bookman, Routledge, 2004. This book talks about the informal networks, such as relatives, churches and other parents, that families rely on for before- and after-school child care. It also talks about strategies, such as flextime, that parents use to find a balance between work and family life.

• “The Mom Economy: The Mother’s Guide to Getting Family-Friendly Work,” by Elizabeth Wilcox, Penguin Group, 2003. This book aims to guide women on how to negotiate flextime, part-time work and telecommuting with their employer as well as other terms that suit their lifestyles and allow them to meet their families’ needs.

m”Two Jobs, No Life: Learning to Balance Work and Home,” by Peter Marshall, Key Porter Books, 2002. This book offers various strategies for coping with the challenges in the day-to-day life of parents who work outside the home. It includes tips on how to manage time better, redefine gender roles and redesign work, including job-sharing and telecommuting.

Associations —

• Family and Home Network, 9493-C Silver King Court, Fairfax, VA 22031. Phone: 703/352-1072. Web site: www.familyandhome.org. This nonprofit organization offers support and information for stay-at-home mothers and fathers. The group’s Web site has various tips on topics such as how to make the transition from career to staying home with children and living on one income.

• Families and Work Institute, 267 Fifth Ave. Floor 2, New York, NY 10016. Phone: 212/465-2044. Web site: www.familiesandwork.org. This nonprofit group does research on topics such as changes in men’s and women’s involvement in family life, the role of technology in employees’ lives and workplace flexibility.

mAfterschool Alliance, 1616 H St. NW, Washington, DC 20006. Phone: 202/347-1002. Web site: www.afterschoolalliance.org. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to after-school programs by 2010.

Online —

mWorkingmother.com (www.workingmother.com), the Web site for Working Mother magazine, lists the 100 most family-friendly corporations at www.workingmother.com/bestlist.html.

• The U.S. Census Bureau Web site (www.census.gov) provides information on local, regional and national commuting trends. Recent numbers are shown at www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/004489.html.

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