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How I Cope With Working-Mom Guilt

I’ve been working since my son was born; I’m also the primary earner in my marriage. My son, now five, is thriving. I’m not. I still filter everything through the lens of my shortcomings, the tally of meals missed and other failures. But he’s...

Take a Volunteer Vacation

Yearning for a getaway, but craving something more compelling than sipping Mai Tais in Maui? A "volunteer vacation" could do you a world of good—while enabling you to do some good in the world. So-called voluntourism is a rapidly-growing segment...

3 Ways to Ease Travel Stress

Whenever you travel, especially around the holidays, keep a few stress relievers up your sleeve:   Emergency exits. When a family visit goes sour, or a canceled flight leaves you stranded, take heart. Smartphone app HotelTonight offers rooms at...

Use Biz Smarts to End Holiday Money Tension

Cramming in 20 end-of-year meetings and events, deciding what to spend on in-laws, kids, charities and (oops!) each other—why do the holidays bring on a firestorm of financial tension? “Money gets wrapped up with all of the typical holiday...

Rethinking Your Holiday Tipping Philosophy

The holiday tip. How did a simple gesture meaning, “Hey, thanks for all your help this year!” morph into a angst-ridden calculation of Who, Why and How Much? Is it because we outsource so many services? Because these days a heartfelt card seems...

Why is it so Hard to Split the Holiday To-Do List?

When I was faced with planning my son’s fifth birthday party a few months ago—in the middle of a work crisis—I finally asked my husband to take over. Then I closed my eyes and tried to smack down the voices telling me a) I was a Terrible Mother...

Free, Must-Try Shopping Smartphone Apps

Everyone wants to streamline their holiday gift hunt, but downloading (and decoding) a bunch of mobile shopping apps can seem like more effort than it’s worth. So I took a few to the mall to test-drive them. Here are three free ones that work...

Raising a Future Investor

When I was a teenager, my grandmother gave me a couple shares of Limited Brands. I had worked at The Limited that summer, and while I was focused on my employee discount, she was trying to get me to think bigger. At the time, I was nonplussed....

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