The pregnant CEO

by Katrina on July 19, 2012

By now you’ve heard that the new CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, also happens to be six months pregnant with her first child. I’ve been torn between two reactions: 1. Dang! That is so cool! 2. She’s only taking “a few weeks” maternity leave? OK, I will try to suspend my disbelief. Maybe that will […]


Happy Almost Mother’s Day (video)

by Katrina on May 10, 2012

The other day, I caught my kids arguing about who loves me more. “…I love her to the moon and back.” “Oh yeah, well I love her to the sun and back. The sun is farther than the moon.” “Well, I love her eyeball!” “You love her eyeball? That doesn’t even make any sense.” “Yeah. […]


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 […]


Sneak peek at survey results

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by Katrina on June 7, 2011

I’m still going through your wonderful responses to the survey and hope to post the results next week. Here’s sneak peek at the data: 81% of people who took the survey said they worry about burning out. 81 percent! Are you as astonished by that number as I am? In the words of one parent […]


Mommy strike chants: Winner announced!

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by Katrina on May 23, 2011

In March I wrote a post about how women are having fewer babies around the world, how this is creating a economic and culture crisis in some countries, and how our decision to have fewer children seems to be linked, in part, to our need for more family-friendly work policies. (Phew! That was a mouthful. […]

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Happy Mother’s Day! (Video)

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by Katrina on May 6, 2011

You’re the star in this Mother’s Day video (courtesy of the tireless team at MomsRising). If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to watch it with your name, first. Start here and you’ll see what I mean. Personally, I liked last year’s video better. Pick your favorite, and send it to all your friends […]

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Are you stoned, or just multitasking?

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by Katrina on January 21, 2011

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 […]



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by Katrina on January 3, 2011

Do you hear that sound? Like the wind through the trees? It’s the sound of a million parents, all across America, sighing with relief. Our children are going back to school today! All in all, we had a great two weeks off. Luckily, neither Brian nor I had to work. We went to the zoo, […]


Book: Farm City

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by Katrina on December 26, 2010

Kids are on vacation. We’re laying low, playing board games, eating way too many leftover Christmas cookies, visiting the Oakland Zoo lights, and watching Elvis movies. (Who knew “Jailhouse Rock” was such a kid-pleaser?) I wasn’t planning to be on the blog at all this week. Then I read a book I enjoyed so much […]


Guest Post: Reclaiming Mama Mojo

by Katrina on November 15, 2010

Most jobs aren’t made for people who have children. Which is one of the reasons a lot of moms and dads start their own businesses. Lately several blog readers have been asking for advice or stories about this. So I asked Heather Sobieralski to write a guest post about why she decided to start her […]

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