I’m blown away by this essay: “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” Finally, someone is saying what’s true. The author, Anne-Marie Slaughter, was a high-powered working mom in Washington who stepped off her career fast track to be with her teenage children. Then she wrote an essay, which was published in The Atlantic, saying [...]
I can’t believe how crazy this time of year is, every year. Intense work deadlines right before the holidays, during which I caught some new strain of Monster Cold that hung in there for over a month. It was so bad that at one point I lost my voice completely—I could not get any sound [...]
I just spent the last week in Long Beach, CA, at the TED conference. This was my third year there, and once again, my mind was blown to smithereens. The TED conference, in case you’ve never heard of it, is this incredible gathering of leaders in technology, entertainment, and design—accomplished do-gooders trying to improve the [...]
In this TEDx talk, Nigel Marsh makes a compelling case for changing the culture of the workplace. (Thanks, Pierre, for sending the link!)
It’s a much studied fact that too much multitasking has the same effect on our I.Q. as a bong hit. It makes us stupid. And yet, life with young children can require, at times, an absurd, stuntman level of multitasking. I first noticed the stoner effect of multitasking after my first child was born. That’s [...]
This is a continuation of yesterday’s post. If you haven’t read it yet, start here. And now I give you four more amazing, successful, competent women, inside and out.* ‘O’—Stay-at-home mom “by choice” Outside: O. is the mother many of us hoped we would be. She takes great pleasure making beautiful things for others to [...]
This is part of a series of posts about how working couples share the under-the-radar chores that, taken together, represent the “psychic burden” of raising a family. Part. I is here. Working moms are bearing more (sometimes much more) of the “psychic burden” of parenting than working dads. Yet, when asked in my recent survey, [...]
The party started at 8 pm on a Saturday. Normally I turn down all invitations that begin at my kids’ bedtime. Even if we can get a babysitter, waking up at 6 am with a two-year-old has a way of taking all the fun out of staying out late. But this was special. How many senior citizens do you know who celebrate their birthdays with a live blues performance and authentic Russian food?
A quicky: update on Jane, a little love from the White House, and a reminder to sign up for the email subscription!
My friend Jane has a problem. She works full-time for a government agency in California and has two little girls in preschool. Jane is really good at her job. Jane is losing her mind.