In the winding path my career has taken, I have spent substantial time both in and out of the workplace since my children were born. As a result, I am constantly at war with myself and have a hard time “picking sides” in the Working Mom vs. SAHM debates. So instead of taking a side, I offer seven non-negotiable truths I’ve revealed from my time moving across the battle lines. More
Topic: working mom
I knew it was bribery, but I had no choice. I was a vital part of this call and I needed quiet. I led them back out to the kitchen table and stacked five cookies and a huge glass of milk in front of each of them. That bought me seven minutes. Only 173 to go. More
Facebook is embracing alternative families like no other. The company that gave us Olympic style procrastination is reportedly erecting a Â $120 million, 394-unit housing compound on their premises so that employees have a super happy commute (reminds me of college). But among all the fancy amenities, includingÂ a sports bar, laundry and dry cleaning facilities, hairstylists, woodworking classes, on-site bike repair, there is zero daycare. At least for your child. But there is daycare for your dog. More
Ninety percent of the time I complain about it, but there are definitely pluses that I remind myself of on a daily basis, from the invaluable to the frivolously fabulous. More
This last year has enjoyed its fair share of working mom buzz words in the media. Sheryl SandbergÂ with her plea to “Lean-In” and Judith Warner remarking on the trend for my generation to “opt-in” (after Lisa Belkin‘s “Opt-Out Revolution”). Â Now there’s a new buzz word, “Maxed Out.” Â I relate to all three. More
A few years ago, my cousin had fertility problems and ended up having quadruplets. Everyone rushed to help. But the help has continued and every time we ask for a night out, we are told no one can because they are helping with the quads. They have had constant help from lots of family members for years now. I understand they needed it when the quads were preemie babies (my first was a preemie too), but the kids are almost three years old now and my cousin has never watched them by herself for a day! More
Despite the worst mommy hashtags and usual topics of contention, spotting bonafide sanctimommies on the interwebs can be quite difficult given how easy it is to mock their self-righteousness. I routinely come across alleged Facebook rants and satirical articles that are often hard to distinguish from the real thing. More
What’s an average day like in the Mommyish offices, you ask? I get this one on the regular from friends, family, prospective employees, and intern candidates. Truthfully, there isn’t one. But this as about as “average” as it gets. More
Gird your loins ladies and gents, you’re about to be shocked and amazed. Did you know that a woman’s fertility actually DECREASES after age 35? I hope I didn’t cause any shock-related strokes, because this is totally and completely NEW NEWS, right? Well, it is if you’re professorÂ Mary HerbertÂ of the Institute for Aging and Health at the University of Newcastle, who wants to get the word out ASAP.
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Of course SAHMs are the low hanging fruit of the back to school bunch. They probably stayed up all night crafting pinteresting lunches, neatly folding their child’s emergency outfit, and personalizing their painting smock. And it’s true, they often earn their bad rap for being uber-competitive and snooty, especially in NYC. But I’ve heard equally appalling things from the mouths of the working moms in the class. More
I have always had an affinity for vintage etiquette books, particularly the ones from places like Seventeen that tell girls how to lose at tennis and ensure a second date without, you know, actually asking for one. But while I treasure those 1950s time capsules as precious slut-shaming artifacts, I don’t expect to find equally archaic sentiments in contemporary advice columns — for contemporary mothers. But this didactic 1950s housewife advice from The Independent is straight out of 2013. More
Given the constant — and needed — dialogue surrounding the lack of maternity leave, affordable child care, and all the other woes that working moms face, it’s nice when you hear about a kick ass mom who totally rocks literally balancing motherhood and the workplace. That’s exactly what happened when a Moroccan newscaster was interrupted on the air by her kid. More
I’m classist, I’ll admit it. It seriously annoys the hell out of me when people who have financial independence and nannies and things – bear the single mom martyr cross. I find it off-putting. That’s why I kind of love the interview Bethany Frankel gave about juggling the demands of career and motherhood this week.