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The media narrative on working moms isn’t always pretty. Generally they seem to revolve around questions like: How do they do it? Can they have it all? There are many mornings that begin with #facepalm because of some story that seems to reinforce a tired narrative that doesn’t describe my life or the lives of many women I know. So it was with relief, amazement and joy that I read…

A Few Ideas For More Pleasant Mornings

In the life of any working parent there are a few predictable stress points. One is The Morning. When you have children, mornings start EARLY. Sometimes painfully early. And getting everyone up, dressed, fed and out the door in time for the buses and trains and commutes can leave you feeling as if you ran a marathon before you even hit your desk. Mornings don’t have to be Groundhog Day,…

Navigating Back to School

Back in June I wrote about summer strategies to get through those yawning weeks when the usual childcare arrangement (generally known as school) suddenly disappears and parents across the land scramble to keep the kids safe and occupied. So you’d think that would mean that back to school would mean a big sigh of relief. While it certainly solves a lot of problems to have the kids back in school,…

The Many Ways My Children Have Helped My Career

To hear the media tell it, children are the death knell of a woman’s career. Women get sidelined. They take themselves out of the game. They are distracted and overwhelmed and how on earth can they perform well if that’s true? I’m here to tell you that my children have helped my career far more than they’ve hurt it. Their influence has been big and small. Here are a few…

Redefining Success

I love visiting art museums, especially modern art museums. I’m not particularly knowledgeable, but I enjoy my time and generally find ideas that inspire me (I’ve written, here and here, about how two MoMA exhibits inspired me). And as a mom I love sharing this experience with my kids who are now 8 and 6. Of course visiting a museum with an 8-year-old and a 6-year-old can be … Let’s…

Don’t Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Wonderful

Early in my business career I learned to embrace the concept “don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” The idea, which was very hard on a recovering perfectionist, was that something that is done well enough is infinitely more valuable than the thing this is never complete because it wasn’t yet “perfect.” The concept of perfection in parenting is also hard for me to let go of,…

The “Magic Trick” of Being There Even When You Aren’t There

In a May 2016 In Style magazine article, Julia Roberts had an extraordinary quote about being a working mom. “One of the greatest things [my mom] ever did for me … I remember asking her—when I had three kids under 3 years old and just felt like I was running in a thousand directions at once—‘How on earth did you raise all of us? You worked full-time, and you did all…

Working a Split Shift (President Obama Does It!)

Family dinner is incredibly important to me. That time with my husband and children (an 8-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son) is about more than nutrition. It’s about connection and instilling in my children habits and manners that will hopefully last them a lifetime. My work is also incredibly important to me and I have the kind of work that doesn’t always neatly fold itself into the 9-to-5. The cultural and…