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Edition 111

The Carry All

Edition #111 | Read time: 5 Minutes

The other ~20% must have kids in high school, right?

Affordable, quality, and affordable (worth saying twice) — as we all know — is essential to keeping working moms in the workforce.

And without it?

There’s more at stake than we think.

Here’s what famed world economist and businessman, Mohamed El-Erian shared with CARRY™:

"Enhancing support for families, particularly through IMPROVED ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE, is a key component of any strategy aimed at fostering high and inclusive economic growth. This not only boosts productivity and broadens labor force participation but it is also the right thing to do. Moreover, it generates significant positive spillovers with the potential for virtuous cycles, be it in the social, institutional, financial, or political sphere."

Mohamed El-Erian

We couldn’t agree more. 

(And if you want more on the Business Case for Childcare — check out this incredible report from NationSwell — click here. We double dog dare you to send it to HR 🤪)

This week in The CARRY™ ALL:

  • ​📚​ Our latest children’s book obsession

  • 💕Connecting with our teen daughters

  • 🚗 A nod to the mom who’s ALWAYS in the car


How much would a childcare arrangement impact your ability to take a new job or accept a promotion? (Keep reading for results from last week's poll)

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THE BIG 1️⃣ 2️⃣ 3️⃣

1️⃣ What we're reading 📚

If you’re always looking for books that teach your kids valuable life lessons — we’re right there with you. This is it for us right now: Girls of the World: Doing More Than Ever Before by Linsey Davis. This book encourages children to use their voices, talents, and intelligence to help the world and empowers young girls! Of course, we’re all about it! 

2️⃣ Connecting with our kids 🎧

Last week in the “to the older moms” section of our newsletter we shared a podcast our founder, Paula, recorded with her daughter and adolescent therapist, Sissy Goff. We’d be doing you a disservice if we didn’t share it again. You are going to want to listen to part two of this conversation where they answer all your questions about dating, clothing, phones, moodiness 🙄, and more.

AND if you are a mom trying to figure out how to talk to your children about grief and loss, make sure you go back and listen to the episode with Allison Holker Boss. She shares her experience and advice whether it’s losing a loved one, the loss of a relationship, or trying to find our way in a season of hurt. 

3️⃣ Staying safe

We love to use our platform to share all things that we love … and this is no exception.  We want to keep ourselves and our kids safe — that’s why you’ll find this pepper spray in our bags. Sure, we hope we never have to use it but we’d rather be safe! 

(👜 Did someone say bag? In case you missed it — our ultimate working mom bag, The CARRY™ ALL bag, will finally be available for purchase on March 12th! We can’t wait!)


If you find yourself in the car more than anywhere else or have a child thinking about the next steps after high school this is for you. 

  • Raise your hand if you’re reading this from your car…🙋🏽‍♀️ If you’re your kid’s resident Uber driver and feel like you spend more time in the car than in your bed — watch this more-than-relatable Reel.

  • It’s that time of year … teenagers across the country are getting college acceptance letters, but… college is not for everyone. This mom explains why she wants her teenager to follow her dreams, not the crowds… and is encouraging a career in skilled trades over college. Have thoughts on this? Hit reply and let us know!

In last week’s poll, we saw that close to 70% of you have had to take at least 4-days off to care for sick kids over the last twelve months. Keep reading for more of your comments from last week’s poll:

➡️ “I get 10 per year but between myself and three kids under 10, I normally take all of them and also come to work feeling sick, and sadly send my children to school or the sitter when I probably shouldn’t.”

➡️ “Full-time working mom of 4, definitely more than 4 days for the year.”

➡️ “I am my children’s default parent. When they wake up sick, or school calls, it’s on 9/10 times, it’s on me to figure out how to take care of them and keep up with work”

➡️ “We all (family of 4) had COVID, which takes everyone out for an extended period, especially when it doesn't hit everyone all at once. That on top of other bugs going around, it is inevitable. Thankfully, I work with a team that allows us to flex an work from home when needed, so I didn't have to use up all my sick time an go unpaid.”

➡️ “Kids and us have been sick since October! Worst cold and flu season for our family ever :( my husband and I have had to miss so much work at the last minute. It's so stressful being behind at work, we are also both supervisors so we feel like we look irresponsible when taking off last minute”

➡️ “It feels like i’m taking at least 1 day off every other week, and that is only if my kiddo is sick… I have been working through my miserable sickness because I can only afford to lose PTO for his sick days and not my own.”


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