Summer Strategies For Working Parents

KJ Dell’Antonio wrote an op-ed in the NYT last summer about what a burden summer can be for working parents, especially mothers. The piece points out the most extreme example of a fundamental truth — the American school calendar is predicated on a family structure that hasn’t existed for decades. In 2015 more than 74% of mothers with at least one child between the ages of 6 and 17 and more…

Moms Who Inspire Us

  I seek out stories of moms who are making a big impact on the world. I find it troubling, in 2017, that the cultural narrative still often presents women as needing to choose – either have a family or have major accomplishments. And yet all around us there are women quietly (and, sometimes, not so quietly) being great moms and CEOs, politicians, thought leaders and more. As we get…

3 Myths Holding You Back at Work and at Home

Working Mother recently shared an article on their Facebook page by a woman lamenting how much harder her life is than that of her parents, a stay-at-home mom and a working dad. She outlined the ways she feels she is getting the worst of both their worlds – having all the work pressure her dad had with none of the leisure he enjoyed because of his non-working wife. And, also,…

Book Review: Stress Less by Kate Hanley

A few years ago I found myself often feeling stressed out and short on time. Constantly panicked and rushed, I was not happy with how I was interacting with my kids. I was irritated and yelling “hurry up!” nearly every time we were headed out the door. I didn’t want to be that kind of mom and I also didn’t want my kids to experience our life as stressful and…

Can’t Seem to “Put Yourself First”? Try This Instead.

There seems to an unending number of articles written that tell moms to “put themselves first.” The reason that these articles keep getting written is because so many moms feel overwhelmed and stressed out. But the advice doesn’t seem to match the problem — if you are overwhelmed trying to meet everyone else’s needs, an article that tells you to put yourself first, even if it explains why you need…

The Stories We Tell Ourselves About Time

I have a friend who is very accomplished. He’s started and sold companies, built a local startup community, run events and done charitable work. I had lunch with him once and marveled at the long list of achievements on his LinkedIn profile and asked how he managed to do so much. He admitted that he was more involved in some things than others and that he wasn’t solely responsible for…

Is Housework Stressing You Out? Lower Your Standards.

My dining room table was dirty when I woke up this morning. Some of it was kid debris – a plastic box full of crayons, half-finished drawings, books, birthday cards. Some of it was food debris – crumbs from last night’s dinner. It was dirty when I woke up because it was dirty when I went to bed. If you just read that paragraph and thought “Oh honey, you are…

Traveling While Parenting

One aspect of working that can be profoundly impacted by having children is business travel. The issues around travel can be both philosophical and practical. When my children were very little I tried to limit my travel. But in the last few years my travel has increased and they seem to be none the worse for wear. On the practical front, I’ve developed a few strategies for helping my family…