Finding Balance

Why I Quit My Job After Maternity Leave

Why I Quit My Job After Maternity Leave

I had a fairly straightforward, predictable pregnancy. The hardest thing about it was the 45-minute commute to work with a growing baby sitting on my bladder. I was a state employee, a senior editor at UC Berkeley, underpaid but…

Should You Send Your Child to Preschool?

Should You Send Your Child to Preschool?

For the first three years of my child’s life, I didn’t have to pay for childcare. My work-from-home job gave me some flexibility, and I had a family member nearby who helped look after my daughter.
Chelsea Says Hillary Was the Perfect Mom

Chelsea Says Hillary Was the Perfect Mom

From all angles, the Democratic convention was deemed a smashing success. Even conservatives agreed. As a woman, it was a historic experience. This March I lost my mom, a gargantuan feminist in her own right — she would have loved…

Why We Work Less in the Summer

Why We Work Less in the Summer

Americans are terrible at taking vacations, and that’s a shame, because they aren’t helping their companies or themselves. People are just less productive in summer, for a whole host of reasons. So you might as well hang out…

Why Fathers Should Take Parental Leave

Why Fathers Should Take Parental Leave

When expectant father Brian asked his boss about paternity leave, his boss thought he meant maternity leave — the company didn’t offer it for men. The company ended up granting Brian just 1.7 days to spend with…

How to Balance Work and Caring for Ailing Loved Ones

How to Balance Work and Caring for Ailing Loved Ones

They’re called America’s “invisible workforce” — and you likely know at least one member, or are one yourself. I’m talking about family caregivers. These are people who may have demanding careers, but are forced to cut back, or…

Sleep Absolutely Needs to Be a Priority

Sleep Absolutely Needs to Be a Priority

My sleep evangelism started with my own painful wake-up call. On the morning of April 6, 2007, I was lying on the floor of my home office in a pool of blood. On my way down, my head had…

How Working Outside the Home Helped My Kids

How Working Outside the Home Helped My Kids

When the recession hit in 2008, I was a successful freelancer. And while it wasn’t easy, my hours were flexible: I was able to attend every one of my kids’ school functions and manage their extracurricular activities…

9 Companies Investing in Happiness

9 Companies Investing in Happiness

Achieving work-life balance can be complicated, and there’s no one universal definition. But when employers make an effort to invest in their employee's happiness it can make a huge difference. That’s where…