I’ve hit one of those weird rough patches. In the last two months… The radiator hose on our car exploded in a steaming mess while driving our daughter to a camping trip. The day Car #1 got back from the shop, Car #2 blew a tire. A week later, on my way to an important […]
Kristen is a Bay Area mom and writes a very funny blog about parenting, among other things. A random sampling of recent topics: hippie preschools, baby lust, and pink eye. In this guest post, Kristen talks about an attempt to move her career in a new direction, and the effect it has on her kids, […]
I recently got an email from a blog reader who said she had been obsessively reading and re-reading my first post, and all the comments that followed it. I wanted to include an excerpt of her email here, but wasn’t able to get in touch with her to get permission. (If you’re out there, my […]
My first semester in grad school for journalism, more than a decade ago, was a shock. Boom! Right from the beginning we had daily story deadlines. Each of us desperately wanted to prove ourselves to be the next Edward R. Murrow. None of us knew what we were doing. We were awestruck by our professors, […]
I had a truly crappy Mother’s Day this year. I think Anna Jarvis would understand. Inspired by her own mother’s life, she started a campaign in 1907 to recognize mothers for their contribution to society. She was successful in making Mother’s Day a national holiday, but then spent the rest of her life fighting its […]
I have heard from dozens of women over the last year who had some version of a nervous breakdown while working and raising kids, or came very close to one. Some were already friends. Others I met through the blog. There are a lot of us out there. But so far, no one has written […]
My interview with Lady Brain aired Monday on KUSF 90.3 FM in San Francisco. We talked about the perils of working and raising a family. I think I was supposed to give advice to working moms about how to avoid a nervous breakdown, but as you know, my credibility is a little suspect here… The […]
Exactly one year ago today, I went home sick from work and I never went back….Every mother I know has the same fear. Every one of us is haunted, at one time or another, by the burden we carry and believe we carry alone. If we had to stop, it seems like the world would stop…
Last week I was interviewed by the dynamic duo at Lady Brain, the “most candid advice show on San Francisco radio.” We talked about–what else?–the perils of working and raising young children.
It is crazy to put women in impossible situations where they actually go crazy, and then act like there’s something wrong with them for going crazy.