What I Am Grateful For This Year

This Thanksgiving will be a quiet one for me. We aren’t traveling and we aren’t entertaining. We will be just the four of us — watching the parade, eating way too much and relaxing. I can’t wait! While I love holidays with my extended family, a few days of we-don’t-have-to-go-out is something I’m really looking forward to. And partly, I’m looking forward to some quiet days to think about all…

Ambitious Women

In Praise of Ambitious Women

This weekend’s Wall Street Journal magazine had a cover story about Reese Witherspoon. She has become a force in Hollywood creating movies and TV shows that are made by, star, and appeal to women. That this is a novel concept—despite the fact that 52% of moviegoers are women—is a testament to how far we’ve got to go. But her success is a testament to how far we’ve come and we…

Could This Really Be the Key to Work/Life Balance?

I was recently interviewed for a podcast and at the end I was asked a series of rapid-fire questions. One of them was “What is the key to work/life balance?” Hmmm. A lot of things flashed through my head. An understanding boss. A company that respects employee’s personal lives. A supportive spouse or partner at home. Some other kind of good personal support network. All of those things are helpful,…

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…