Twitter Chat
Sep 17, 2013 • By

Twitter chat: Working parents

We invited working parents to our latest Twitter chat to share thoughts about the opportunities and challenges of balancing work and family.

The chat today also helped us mark the news from Working Mother, which announced that General Mills has earned a spot on the Top Ten of Working Mother magazine’s 2013 100 Best Companies list. We’re proud that we’ve made that list for 18 consecutive years.

General Mills’ commitment to progressive workplace programs, including child care, workplace flexibility, career advancement and paid family leave, were once again factors in our inclusion on the list.

Our Twitter chat today was titled “What Works For Working Parents: Inspiration & Insights.”

We received many great responses to the six questions that we asked, so we wanted to share some of the highlights, below.

Why/how do you believe having a career benefits your kids?

@TessHohman: positive role model, discuss challenges at work so they understand how I deal with stress, issues, time, and they see I work on wknds, kind of like them needing to do homework on wknds!

‏@karinhelmey: ‏As a mother of two girls, I think it shows them that women have as much value in the workforce as men.

@wheetbix: Shows them how to balance, multitask, prioritize, earn a living,

@DennisJSN: it gives the household stability, it creates an environment where kids understand value of work and money.

Who is in your support network as a working parent?

@nuclearmeldown: anyone with arms who can hold one of my babies, friends family coworkers neighbors. It takes a village!

What #1 tip do you have for carving out quality time with your kids?

@amyGMom: Be present in the evenings, listening and engaging so they know they are my priority! If needed, work more after bedtime.

@GMills_LisaB: I talk with them when they are eating, 1:1 time as they eat after practice is sometimes better than family meals.

@CarlaInspired: we reserve one of the weekend days as “family day”. Turn down all invitations. No errands. Its game night. Movie night.

‏@epjohnson: I coach or volunteer at as many of their activities as possible to participate in what they love to do.

@Tommy_Hillman: No matter how my day was, I always smile and laugh for the kids.

‏@craigpladson: Tip for carving out QT with my son: being home before 6 every night + getting up with him in the morning on the weekend.

Name 1 workplace benefit you couldn’t live without as a working parent

@rychepet: Positive working environment! If everyone’s positive, you’ll enjoy working.

How is life different for you as a working parent compared to your parents?

@SealKaren: I have waaaaay more flexibility than they could have ever dreamed of.

@Tommy_Hillman: The hours. My parents worked hard, but they didn’t bring work home.

Advice for new parents or expecting parents?

@Camiba: Savor the cuddles and when they fall asleep on you — those moments won’t last.

Thanks again to all who participated.

Visit Working Mother’s website to see the full list of the 100 Best Companies.