Pregnancy is a physical and emotional adventure like none other. As your belly grows, the list of questions you ponder grows, too – boy or girl, blond or brunette, your nose or your husband’s, and will you ever decide on a name??? Perhaps a little worry creeps in, and you long to count ten fingers and ten toes. When you can’t sleep at night, you think about the sleep deprivation in your future, and the inevitable stress a new baby places on a marriage, on a career, most likely both.
Mom friends. These are the wonderful women you met on park benches as you watched your toddler play or at the bake sale table for the third grade or even later on the sideline of a 9th grade soccer game. These are women you grew to love like sisters, the women who helped you raise your kids, the women you could not have managed motherhood without.
We confided our deepest fears about our children in our mom friends. We quietly told them that our child wasn’t fitting it, was struggling
Dear Readers, I am just like you—a proud, tired, and often worried parent of two kids teetering on the brink of adulthood. My daughter just graduated from a highly selective liberal arts college. She once told me, “I am majoring in my own sanity.” And over her undergraduate years, she studied through bouts of severe […]
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In the endless stream of advice we offer our teens, it is far too easy to fall back on clichés, well-worn turns of phrase or unquestioned ideas that contain only a shred of truth. Sometimes when I am heaping these meaningless, or worse, harmful, words on my kids I stop and think, is this really […]
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Outfitting a dorm room might be just one more shopping trip if it weren’t so imbued with expense, confusion and nostalgia. It is so easy to get so much wrong and wind up having wasted both time and money. We gathered our cadre of experienced moms and offer up these 10 Commandments, okay “guidelines,” to help parents just embarking on the college journey. We would love to hear any dorm shopping tips that have worked for your family. 1. Do Not Pay Full Price
Under no circumstances, at a
When my kids were small overparenting was all the rage. Parents competed with stories of out doing themselves to help their children. While our own parents might have made us a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, we went one better. We made the (organic) sandwich, cut off the crusts, sliced it into perfect triangles, put it on the special plate with the matching sippy cup and served it in front of favored cartoons. If our kids balked we even ate the sandwich for them.
But at some point
The Mommy Track was a term that first appeared in The Harvard Business Review in 1989 and was largely criticized as a way women were shortchanged in the workforce. But in the twenty-five years since the debate began, women continue to leave their careers in droves as the pressures of parenting often give them little choice but to seek less-demanding work arrangements.
Lisa Heffernan, author & blogger @GrownandFlown, joins us from NYC to talk working mothers & “The Mommy Track”
Most of my generation related to the Super Bowl advertisement that showed an amazed Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel mystified by “The Internet.” I still remember the day email was introduced in my office and I thought I was pretty hip with my first huge cell phone. Today I email and text, have a rarely […]
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Lisa Heffernan writes in Vox about the Mommy Track and the success that companies find when they manage it well. Vodafone, the telecommunications giant, announced in March that it was changing its global policies for new mothers. Beginning this year, all women will be offered 16 weeks of paid maternity leave and the ability to […]
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When I first heard of Ron Lieber’s Book, The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money, it was with a sense of misgiving. Fighting against the spoiling effects of upper middle class life has been something that has occupied my thinking for years and I was fairly certain many of the answers had arrived in his book, yet for me it would be too late. The Opposite of Spoiled Review
I was both right and wrong. Lieber’s book does answer so many of th