Mom Gone Wild

Mom Gone Wild

I found this video about a WAHM on my friend, Ilana's, blog tonight. It was inspired by a young woman who quits her job via video dancing around the office she decidedly spent a year of slavery in to the tune of Gone by Kanye West. In the domesticated version (video above), a mom dances around the house she's expected to clean, in addition to keeping up her work responsibilities. She dances in front of piles of dishes. Trash. Unmade beds.  Flotsam in the sink. And so, like her predecessor , she decides to leave. Only it's to get milk. Oddly enough, in … [Read more...]

When Do Working Moms Sleep?

When Do Working Moms Sleep?

I've recently gone back to work in an office after working from home for the last year, and it's quite a change.  Granted, my kids are no longer young.  But there is a lot of activities to keep up with and I think they kind of got used to me being around.  However, when I call to check in late in the day, they sound pretty happy and our mornings are actually much more sane and civilized than they've been in a long time.  My kids are more punctual than ever before and are giving us enough time to walk to school, now that I have to walk directly to the … [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...]

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...]

On Being That Girl Again (and Why Moms Should Take Solo Trips)

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If you read my blog, you know that I recently left my family for nearly two weeks to head to China and Vietnam. While I was traveling, I posted on Facebook on occasion, and very often on Instagram.  I truly thought of my time in Asia as time to regroup and decided I would benefit from a break from real life and that included social media. I also didn't carry my computer nor did I have Wifi access everywhere I went. I have never been in such a visually stunning place in my life, so photography became my best friend and I filled my Instagram stream … [Read more...]

Mothers and More: Where I Belong

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Being a mother is wonderful, as we all know, but it's a role that brings massive changes into every woman's life.  I've written about my own struggle with work/home-life balance often on this blog. This past year I even hosted a series called "I Don't Know How She Does It" in which fellow writers gave their two cents about the whole work/home scenario and how hard it is to juggle and truly have the best of everything.  For me, being a mom has inspired and pushed me to become the best person I can be, but I will never deny the challenges that come with … [Read more...]

A Celebration of Family & Community during BlogHer

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I was lucky to attend some pretty special events at BlogHer last weekend. One of them was for Zarbee’s new all natural extra strength line of cough products for adults and children 12 and up on the rooftop at the The Kimberly Hotel (where we happily stayed almost exactly two years ago).  In addition to introducing the new products, the event was a celebration of  individuals that are an inspiration to their families and communities.  Zarbee’s is committed to keeping them healthy so they can continue to do amazing things. It was an honor to be included … [Read more...]

Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday

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Every Child deserves a 5th birthday. That sounds so obvious, but every year 7.6 million children lose that chance. Right now, Save the Children is asking mothers around the world to raise their voices to help more children everywhere survive. Together we can insist that our children’s health and well-being is more than a personal priority it should be a global priority. Death from preventable causes like pneumonia, diarrhea and newborn complications are no longer acceptable. Officials from around the world are meeting in Washington, DC this week … [Read more...]

Review: What to Expect When You’re Expecting

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  When I was pregnant, I glanced at What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff.  It wasn't until I had my first child that I really delved into the details of raising one.  It was on-the-job training.  Of course, I was interested in what was going on inside my body, but other than that, I wanted parenthood to be a surprise.  Pregnancy had taken me by surprise, when I found myself with child only after trying for six weeks (though I was exceedingly happy), and I remember the raging hormones and gradual changes in my life very well.  The … [Read more...]

Happy Anti-Mother’s Day from Time Magazine

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By now, you've all read the blazing controversy surrounding the latest Time Magazine cover.  To be honest, I am not even interested in featuring the cover here on my site.  I don't want to feed into the whole sensationalism aspect of what Time has done, driving thousands, if not millions, to the store to pick up a copy to see the image of a 4 year-old standing on a chair while breastfeeding. The story inside the publication that the picture is referring to is about pediatrician Dr. William Sears and attachment parenting.  But the headline reads: "Are you … [Read more...]