Family

Are You and Your Sweetheart Financially Compatible?

Are You and Your Sweetheart Financially Compatible?

It’s the month of celebrating love, but financial conflicts can dampen celebrations—and entire relationships. If you share finances with a spouse or significant other (or if you plan to in the future), you probably already know that you…

Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

Welcoming a new baby into your world is a wonderful, exciting, and overwhelming experience. And it can feel like almost no time has passed before you are faced with the difficult decision of whether to stay home with your baby…

My Mom Racked Up Debt in My Name

My Mom Racked Up Debt in My Name

I had a very challenging upbringing. My parents got married very young, and they have been divorced since I was six months old. My mother has not been a source of stability, and she has a very tumultuous financial life…

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…

What Is Your Ideal Maternity or Paternity Leave?

What Is Your Ideal Maternity or Paternity Leave?

Fact: Our government does not guarantee maternity leave for all women in the United States. A good half of new mothers scrape together some semblance of leave through vacation days, sick days, disability, and paltry FMLA. (And it’s…

How Much Housework Women Do

How Much Housework Women Do

Mothers rarely, if ever, get a day off. In fact, 25 percent of women and 18 percent of men estimate that their mothers spent more than 60 hours a week devoted to household and family-related tasks, according to…

How Much Should Parents Tip At Restaurants?

How Much Should Parents Tip At Restaurants?

What parent hasn’t surveyed the aftermath of a dinner out with the kids — the food chunks on the floor (or smeared on the wall), the sugar packets dumped out on the table, or the memory of little…

Why I’m Glad I’m an Older Mom

Why I’m Glad I’m an Older Mom

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…

Should You Pay Kids to Do Homework?

Should You Pay Kids to Do Homework?

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…

Financial Advice – Stay At Home Mom

Financial Advice – Stay At Home Mom

Decades ago, couples didn’t question which spouse would care for the children. It was a no-brainer: Childcare was the realm of the wife, who perhaps had never worked outside the home. Most women took for granted that…

What Is Attachment Parenting

What Is 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…

The Impossibility of Being a “Good Mom”

The Impossibility of Being a “Good Mom”

I recently wrote about how I am often taken less seriously as a professional once it’s established I’m a mom. (Even though my parental status has no bearing on my business prowess.) Here’s what…

9 Educational Toys That Teach Kids About Money

9 Educational Toys That Teach Kids About Money

Kids today are tackling all sorts of complex subject matters: playing the violin, learning to speak Mandarin, and programming with Javascript. But what about teaching them about money?

Luckily, there are all sorts of books, toys, and games that tackle…