Family

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…

How to Spend Less on Child Care

How to Spend Less on Child Care

Until I started having kids, I hadn't given a lot of thought to the complicated situation that is child care in America. In fact, for most of my first pregnancy I had no plan for what I would…

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…

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…

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…

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…