Family

Why I’m Glad I Got Pregnant at 40

I’m proud I got pregnant at 40. Yes I was the oldest mom in the playground when my son was a toddler and now I’m the oldest one at school pickups. But I’m okay with that. In fact, according to new U.S. Center for Health Statistics data, I’m on...

Why I Paid My Son to Learn

Last week, my son returned from visiting a school he may attend next fall and said, “Mom, they all know multiplication and I don’t.”   I replied, “You can learn multiplication in a snap. Why don’t I teach you?” His response: “No, that’s okay, I...

How to Parent Equally When You Both Work Full-Time

When I was pregnant, I ran into an acquaintance who asked whether I would continue to teach classes after the baby’s birth. “Of course,” I said. “That and everything else I do. I teach classes on evenings and weekends anyway and my partner works...

I Wish I Was a Part-Time Mom

My fiancé has his two children 50 percent of the time, while I have my daughter all the time. I am constantly telling him how lucky he is. It seems like an appalling thing to say — but I am envious. More often than not, I find myself resentful of...

How I Balance Business Travel and Family

“Just wait until you become a mom.” Critics thought it premature for me to have and voice opinions about stay-at-home parenting before becoming a mother. Indeed, midway through my pregnancy I shared several reasons why, in our family, quitting...

Opting Out Is Not Always a Choice

“Mrs. Krug, as I’m sure you know, your son has had a traumatic injury to his brain. This can affect him in many ways…” The genetics fellow at this teaching hospital is speaking slowly, and when I can no longer listen to his patronizing tone I cut...

Who Can Afford Attachment Parenting?

My neighborhood is teeming with attached babies. They’re peeking out from elaborate wraps swaddled on backs and snuggled down in pouches tightly strapped to chests. After the lights go out, they’re sharing the family bed and breastfeeding off and...

The Surprise Costs of Getting Pregnant

With all the talk about how expensive it is to have a kid ($241,080 for the average U.S. family), many women don’t realize how much simply getting pregnant in the first place can affect your bottom line. “We think this is supposed to be the cheap...

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