5 Children’s Books to Encourage Your Daughter’s Career Ambitions

We know that it's important to encourage boys and girls to strive for fulfilling careers that challenge and interest them. While there's no shortage of media that tells little boys they can grow up to be astronauts, doctors, and anything else they put their minds to, unfortunately the same can't always be said for their sisters. To celebrate National Reading Month, here are five brilliant children's books that encourage young girls and boys alike to reach for the stars.

What Today’s Kids Say They Want to Be When They Grow Up

When you were younger, how did you answer the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" These days, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that this is a question we really shouldn't even be asking little kids; it might be sending the wrong message about identity. But, since the question persists, we might as well take a look at some of the answers kids are providing. They shed interesting light on the different messages boys and girls are receiving about potential career options, and how these messages have changed over time.

How I Got My Dream Job: Courtney Kenney, Program Associate at Ronald McDonald House New York

For the past four years, New York-based social worker Courtney Kenney has worked as a program associate for Ronald McDonald House New York, an organization that provides temporary housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Located on East 73rd Street in Manhattan near 13 major cancer treatment centers, Ronald McDonald functions as a both practical and supportive home base for young people who are receiving treatment for serious, sometimes terminal pediatric illnesses. The organization, which can host up to 84 families at a time, is usually filled to capacity and has opened its doors to more than 30,000 families from all across the state, country, and world since it was founded in 1978. Kenney works directly with children and their families on a daily basis — playing, talking, and helping to facilitate the House's many programs and services. Kenney recently spoke with PayScale to describe some of the rewards and challenges of her unique role, and share some of the experiences that have shaped her career.

Cool at 13, Not at 23: Why Popular Kids Aren’t Necessarily Successful Adults

Ever notice that the cool kids from high school seem to still be stuck there? They like to spend a lot of time talking about the good old days, and it's clear that these years were the highlight of their lives thus far. Well, there might be a good reason for that, and it's good news for workers who weren't exactly captain of the football team years ago.

Working Moms Are Still Getting the Short End of the Stick

Let's face the facts: being a working mother is exhausting and, oftentimes, completely defeating. Many women put their own career and life aspirations on hold to raise children, but very few of these ladies actually speak openly about the endless struggles they face on a daily basis. Here are the facts that you should know about the realities of working mothers and what you can do to help.

5 Perks That Make Teaching Worth It

Teachers are famously underpaid, if you take into consideration the importance of what they do and the amount of education it takes to prepare them for their careers. But if you think teaching is a thankless job without any advantages, think again.

Teach Kids to Code

Children pick up computer skills much faster than adults. If allowed to explore and learn coding skills with age-appropriate software, they may grow up to do great things.

When Childless Employees Miss Out on the Benefits of Work-Life Balance

We seem to focus quite a bit these days on businesses that provide benefits and perks to mothers and fathers. Companies that are empathetic to the needs of parents and provide a working environment that helps them balance family and career are repeatedly rated as some of the best companies to work for. What about childless couples though? Are you missing out on these work-life benefits because you don’t have kids?