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Admit It: You Judge Everyone (and So Do I)

Not a week goes by when I don’t find myself at my wit’s end, annoyed by a colleague or friend or neighbor’s bellyaching over being overwhelmed. It’s not just that these complainers grumble. It’s that, in my mind, they have far more luxurious...

The Power of Limiting Your Choices

Unlike most of my mom peers, I resisted joining Costco. Too commercial, I said. Prevents me from supporting my local retailers. Forces me to hoard bulk quantities of planet-destroying consumer goods in my New York City apartment. But a year or so...

Why Are We So Afraid of Asking for Help?

For most of my adult life I have not asked for help. If I didn’t know how to do something, I simply pretended I did. If I didn’t know how to do something, I simply pretended I did. Unsure what to quote a potential client? I’d make an educated...

How I Found My Independence

A few months ago on a chilly Saturday afternoon, my two young children and I took the subway from our home in Astoria, New York to midtown Manhattan and rode the M20 bus all the way down to the East Village — just for the fun of it. With the big,...

It’s Time to Stop Overspending Just Because “You Deserve It”

Everywhere we turn there is the message that women need to give themselves a break and have a treat:  Girlfriend, put your feet up and enjoy a mani-pedi. You deserve it!  Hey mom! Following an afternoon with your crazy kids, you deserve a stop at...

Why Are Women Still Doing More Housework Than Men?

Much has been made about the fact that married women do more housework and childcare than their husbands, even when they work outside the home. The most recent stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that on an average day 82 percent of...

Say Less, Get More

Plenty has been written about how horrid women are when it comes negotiating and why. But there is one part of the explanation that is often missing: women over-explain.  You want a raise? Good for you for asking, but you also explained that in...

Why You Should Ignore the Statistics

We’re a number-hungry society. We obsess over studies and surveys. How many pennies women are making on the dollar compared to men. The chances of finding a marriage-ready man in New York City. The correlation between the money you invest in...

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