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How Botox Made Me Happier

Around about 2010, I’d had it. The recession had gouged my husband’s income and mine—and we were flat-out broke. As a fretful, 40-something breadwinner for a family of five, I did what no one in my position should: I looked in the mirror. Worry...

Pros & Cons of a Stealth Divorce

You don’t have to be a TomKat fan to remember their famous split: Katie Holmes used a disposable cellphone to talk secretly to her lawyers, and filed for divorce in Manhattan while Tom Cruise was on location in Iceland. Is this the way to go? In...

Can You Afford a Divorce?

I am convinced that the second most common New Year’s resolution – after going to the gym – has got to be getting divorced. Starting January 2, the phones in our office were ringing off the hook, as they do every year. Does every call lead to a...

How Much is That ‘A’ Worth?

When I was in elementary school, I’d excitedly count down the days until I got my next report card, anxious to make sure I’d gotten an ‘A’ in each and every one. But not because I was one of those naturally straight-A kids: I got paid. Instead of...

Why I’m Front-loading School Costs

For families with even a drop of cash liquidity, the question almost invariably comes up: public school or private? For my three-child family—for whom “liquidity” is ephemeral at best—the answer should be “public.” But I’m not doing it. I feel so...

Separate Money = Sane Marriage

I’m told that sharing a checking account with one’s spouse is practical. I’ll never know—I can’t do it. All relationships have landmines; mine involve money. When I was 13, my father—whom I adored—had an affair with, and married, a woman with...

Gestating...in Style

I’m one of the least fashionable people I know. So how is it possible that I’ve spent over $800 on new clothes lately?  I got pregnant, that’s how. But a handful of new companies are offering mothers-to-be a solution a la Rent the Runway: now you...

Defining Wealth for Kids

I blame Kit, the plucky American Girl Doll who survives the Great Depression. Ever since my daughter Maxine read the Kit books, she’s been asking, “What would happen if Daddy lost his job? Where would we live if the bank took our house?”  And she...

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