They say it takes a village when it comes to parenting. I'll be the first to tell you I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for all the others in our community who have built a great base.
In this series, we will take some of parenting's toughest discussions and answer why some of us choose to do what we do.
Mommycon Interview with Allyson Downey | How to Request Maternity/Paternity Leave
We met Allyson Downey at MommyCon in Austin in June of 2016. She is the mother of two, an MBA, and the founder of WeeSpring. Her company helps new and expecting parents share advice with their friends about the best baby bottles, softest swaddle blankets, most portable high chairs and everything else your family needs. It has often been referred to as "Yelp" for baby products.
In this interview, we discuss her new book Here's the Plan.: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenthood. She came up with the idea for this book after having her own experiences with pregnancy discrimination. Allyson talks to me about the movement towards changing family leave policies, how to tackle the work/life balance, and making fathers equal partners.
We also discuss how to divide household responsibilities using a worksheet she designed.