working mom

In Maxed Out, I pepper you with statistics about how the U.S. lags behind most of the developed world when it comes to support for working parents. But that doesn’t mean life is perfect in those other places, either. The letter below is from a mom of two named Susana. She works in Human Resources […]


We have three winners!

by Katrina on October 2, 2013

Thanks everyone who participated in the audiobook giveaway. I learned from your comments that most of you would listen to the audiobook while commuting or doing chores (good use of multitasking!), and that you have many creative alternatives for the word “pajamas” which include “PJs,” “jammies,” “jimmie jams,” “pa-joo-mies,” and the less common but delightfully […]


Sunday Night Blues

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by Katrina on April 21, 2013

I have a lot going on right now. Interesting but intense freelance work. Finishing a book and trying to figure out how to promote it. More than the usual amount of business travel. Coordinating major house repairs. Trying to ensure my children are clothed, loved, fed and not too overdue for their dentist appointments… And […]


Guest Post: Mommy See, Mommy Do

by Katrina on May 24, 2012

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, […]


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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Letter from Baltimore

by Katrina on December 1, 2010

It’s been quiet around here for the last week. I took some time off to focus on my kids. (“Happy Chicken Day!” says my daughter, Ruby.) Kids are back in school and today I’m catching up on a few bloggy things. Thanks to everyone who left their suggestions to my question about what you’d like […]


Warning bells are ringing

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by Katrina on September 21, 2010

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 […]


Cry, baby

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by Katrina on September 7, 2010

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, […]