A Return to the Land of the Living

A Return to the Land of the Living

When I left my full time job after my first daughter was born, I don’t think I was fully functioning.  Call it post partum.  Call it temporary insanity.  I don’t know what you would call it.  All I know is that within days after my departure, I felt a hole in my gut and I knew I had made the wrong decision.  I had looked to stay-at-home moms with a tinge of jealousy before leaving the work-force and I really wanted to be home with my daughter.  Then I got pregnant and had two babies at home, and I knew it was wrong. For me, anyway (please don't read this … [Read more...]

The Unintentional Opt Out

The Unintentional Opt Out

When my first child was born, I had feelings that I never thought I would have. As a staunch feminist...as the daughter of a mother who's business afforded my college tuition..as an independent working woman who had lived in NYC for 10 years prior to getting married....I was the last person you would have ever thought would choose to stay home with my kids.  I was the girl who had spent the first part of my career looking for the right fit and had finally found it in a job that I loved. I was the girl who loved splitting the check while we were dating. … [Read more...]

Where I’ve Been

Where I’ve Been

I haven't been writing as much recently and if you are an avid reader, which I hope you are, I thought I'd let you know where I've been and where else you can find me when there is nothing new here. Other than binging on the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, catching shows like Matilda, The Assembled Parties and Shakespeare in the Park and hanging out at the pool and beach with my kids, here's what I've been up to. I'm honored to call myself a sometimes contributor to two sites that I personally love reading very much, Women & Hollywood and … [Read more...]

When Mom Goes Away

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I've been away from home  a lot more than usual the last few weeks. I've been traveling with a client and have really cranked up the air miles, traveling to Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Charlotte and Washington, DC. The timing collided with the start of a new job for my husband, so I knew it would prove difficult for him.  It also coincided with a show I was producing, Listen to Your Mother.  But the bulk of my priorities remained at home as the primary caretaker, and I needed to plan to be away for days at a time. Now I'm on the last leg of the tour, … [Read more...]

My Take on the “Mommy Business Trip” Piece

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I know I'm rather late to respond to the ridiculous article “The Mommy Business Trip: Conferences Appeal to Women with a Guilt-Free, Child-Free Reason to Leave Home” that ran in the Wall Street Journal a few days ago and you've probably read countless articles featuring other opinions.  But I haven't had a chance until now to respond. Why? I was on a business trip. So, I read the article with great interest at the start, but by the end of the article, I was mortified. Especially when I saw the graphic accompanying the article (see above). The … [Read more...]

Intuition

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How do you feel about intuition? Do you hear a bell go off in your head when the world wants you to go in a specific direction and do you make your decisions based on what your gut feeling is telling you? Intuition can be very powerful, particularly when you don't even know it's standing right in front of you, trying to tell you something. I'm the kind of person whose life is led with my heart. I tend to lean toward projects and jobs I am hopeful will plug into my passion.  This can be both an asset and a flaw.  I'm hoping my kids are more rational … [Read more...]

Doing Motherhood Together

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As the Mommy Wars are heating up again for the umpteenth time this week with Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In movement, Marissa Mayer’s ridiculous telecommuniting policies and the NY Magazine article on the “retro feminist wife,” I know only one thing. I do not judge or blame Kelly Makino, the young woman profiled in this article as a complacent stay-at-home mom who is being compared to Phyllis Schlafly for setting the woman’s movement back.  Schlafly is known for her opposition to modern feminism and for her campaign against the proposed Equal Rights … [Read more...]

Will I “Lean In”?

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I have to admit that I've been mystified by all the criticism of Sheryl Sandberg new "Lean In" movement. Here we have a female who's making every attempt to help women rise up and succeed and there is a large group of women (and men) criticizing her for what she's trying to do.  And why is that? She wants every little girl who people perceive as bossy to know they have leadership skills and potential. I certainly want my daughter to grow up feeling that way. I've been sitting on the sidelines watching the debate unfold online about her because she is … [Read more...]

Announcing Culture Mom Media

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  I'm so excited to announce the creation of my new company, Culture Mom Media! After nearly two years as working as co-founder of MamaDrama Consulting, I realized I wanted to form a different type of marketing consultancy. Ellen Schmidt from Baby Meets City is joining me as Social Media Director.  You can find out more about our new company in the press release on our new web site. Our goal is to create mindful social media. With a strong hand in the mom market, we'll connect initiatives and brands with influencers in that arena, as … [Read more...]

My Thoughts on Marissa Mayer’s Decree On Working from Home

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  I've written a lot about my quest for the perfect situation to enable me to both work and take care of my children often on this blog.  A few years ago, I posted over on ScaryMommy about the dilemma I faced when I went back to work fulltime after my daughter was born.  Faced with a long commute across state lines to the office and raging hormones after just having given birth a few months earlier, I made the decision to leave when my flexible schedule to ease my return to work (3 days in the office, 2 at home) went out the window.  I left a job … [Read more...]