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  • Being Pregnant on the Job: We’ve finally come through that crazy time when pregnant working women were expected to soldier on Murphy Brown–like for the entire nine months of pregnancy, regardless of how tired or queasy they might be feeling.
  • Being Pregnant on the Job: You've come a long way baby, at least when it comes to being pregnant on the job.
  • How to Tell Your Boss You're Pregnant: How and when to make the mother of all announcements at work.
  • Working During Pregnancy: Follow these tips to get the most from your job while caring for your body's changing needs.
  • How to Plan for the Post-Baby Money Crunch: What can you do to sidestep the financial pitfalls of maternity leave?
  • Do Dads Feel More Work-Life Stress Than Moms?: Forget supermom stress. Now it’s dads who are scrambling to find ways to minimize work-life conflict. 
  • A Recipe for Sanity: What every mother who works outside of the home needs is a fairy godmother -- someone who will arrive on the scene, wave her magic wand, and make all the work and family related-chaos disappear.
  • The Daycare Blues: While there's no miracle cure for the daycare blues that many children experience when starting a new childcare arrangement, there is plenty you can do to make the transition as stress-free as possible for your child. Here are a few tips.
  • Sick Kids and Daycare: When are kids infectious? When can they return to school or daycare? Some basic guidelines for some common childhood illnesses.
  • The Childcare Swap Moves Online, But Will It Work?: “Parents are really struggling to find something that is seriously lacking in our society: quality, accessible, affordable child care," says Paulette Senior, CEO of YWCA Canada.
  • February is RRSP Money Guilt Season for Parents: It’s February, which means it’s money guilt season again – the time of year when the financial industry reminds us that we should be contributing to our RRSPs and our children’s RESPs and, now, our tax-free savings accounts (TFSAs), too.
  • Work-Life Balance: Questions and answers about work-life balance from visitors to