Is Housework Stressing You Out? Lower Your Standards.

My dining room table was dirty when I woke up this morning. Some of it was kid debris – a plastic box full of crayons, half-finished drawings, books, birthday cards. Some of it was food debris – crumbs from last night’s dinner. It was dirty when I woke up because it was dirty when I went to bed. If you just read that paragraph and thought “Oh honey, you are…

Apply for a Scholarship to Take Online Tech Courses with Treehouse

We’re on a mission to help women (and men) restart their careers after they’ve been out of the workforce for caregiving. A good way to fill in the gap on your resume before returning to work is to take a course to refresh your skills or learn new ones. We’ve partnered with Treehouse to bring 50 FREE scholarships to Path Forward subscribers to brush up on their skills before returning to work,…

#GivingTuesday

It all started with Black Friday, which many of you may know originally was a term that wonky economists used to designate the approximate day when retailers broke even for the year (literally, went into the black in accounting parlance) and started making a profit. What began as the unofficial start of holiday shopping turned into an extravaganza of discount madness. With the online era we saw Cyber Monday –…

Traveling While Parenting

One aspect of working that can be profoundly impacted by having children is business travel. The issues around travel can be both philosophical and practical. When my children were very little I tried to limit my travel. But in the last few years my travel has increased and they seem to be none the worse for wear. On the practical front, I’ve developed a few strategies for helping my family…

How to Make a Fabulous Introduction

Everyone knows that networking is the way to get ahead in the world. Everyone also knows that networking, for most of us, is hard. There is a ton of great advice out there about how to network without networking. It’s worth seeking out. But one tactic that has worked for me is making fabulous introductions. So let’s start with a basic principle: connecting begets connections. When you connect two people for…

Science Says Motherhood May Boost Productivity

A story this week on Quartz.com (a publication I’m becoming increasingly obsessed with) was both fascinating and not the least surprising: a study found that mothers outperformed their childless peers, as measured by output of academic research. There are a million caveats to this study, which looked at PhD economists, including the bias found in a pool of high-powered academics. But I think there’s something to this theory, in part because…