What About Dads?

by Katrina on September 4, 2013

Tuesday’s book launch event was a smashing success. We ran out of chairs so people stood in the back or sat on the floor. People laughed in all the right places when I read, which made me feel like all was right in the world. There were piles of Maxed Out at 7 pm; by […]


The Venn diagram of parenthood

by Katrina on March 1, 2012

I’m not sure why I put this together, but I thought it might make for interesting discussion. Notice that “good” dads and “bad” moms occupy the same part of the chart? I used to be heavily in the blue/green circles, no yellow. Now I like to think I’m closer to the Swedish moms, in the […]


A Care Revolution…in America?

by Katrina on February 9, 2012

I read The Second Shift more than a decade ago, when I was fresh out of graduate school, working at an Internet startup, newly married (to my first husband), and planning to have a child. That book scared the hell out of me. It was based on research conducted in the 1980s by the prize-winning […]


Book-in-progress about engaged fathers

by Katrina on September 26, 2011

Janine is the mom of a little boy who goes to my son’s preschool. She’s also a talented artist working on a beautiful children’s book with a lofty and lovely goal: to create a culture shift in the way we see the role of fathers. I can’t agree with her more. Every problem that I […]


Is two working parents a “good thing”?

by Katrina on January 31, 2011

Lucie’s guest post last week touched a nerve with several blog readers. If you haven’t read it, her post was about why it’s easier to be a working mom in France than in the U.S. (Lucie was born in France, lived most of her adult life in California, and is now living in France with […]


Do you have a “hospital fantasy”?

by Katrina on December 6, 2010

Inspired by Ami’s letter last week and the many comments that followed, I put together this quick poll.* I’m curious to see how many other moms and dads would feel lucky to get, say…bunion surgery, or maybe a minor concussion, if it meant a break from their daily obligations. Please share this with your friends. […]


Sex and the working parent

by Katrina on October 29, 2010

Has your sex life taken a hit since your first child was born? Sex is one of the many casualties of an over-busy life. After an informal poll of my friends, I’ve come to believe that being busy has a different impact on the libido of men and women. I believe it looks something like […]

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Working moms need to laugh

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by Katrina on August 24, 2010

“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.” –Mark Twain Most of the stuff on this blog explores the problem of work-life conflict. But I got a lot of compliments about an advice-oriented post I wrote in June, which had some tips for managing extreme stress. Thus encouraged, I’ve put together a sequel. Here are […]


Minivan rap

by Katrina on August 20, 2010

I drive a minivan. There. I’ve said it. Maybe you think that’s not cool. I’ll try not to hold that against you. I happen to think that SUVs, which are less fuel-efficient than my minivan, aren’t cool. I hope we can still be friends. Toyota has come out with this video (“Swagger Wagon”), proving that […]


Work-life balance: Finding the Swede spot

by Katrina on July 26, 2010

A quiet revolution has been taking place in Sweden for 15 years, affecting everything from the gender pay gap to workplace culture to relationships between parents and children. It all started at home. Here’s a link to the fascinating New York Times story about this phenomenon. Now here’s my distilled version—with original illustrations! This Swedish […]