Finding Balance

Rethink Your Vacation

Rethink Your Vacation

You are desperate to get away. The overbearing boss, the high maintenance client, your triple-digit inbox notifications, and too many hours of CNN have you in a funk.

Or maybe it’s worse than a funk — You’ve conjured…

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.
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…

Why Working Mothers Should Stop Apologizing

Why Working Mothers Should Stop Apologizing

A few months after I gave birth to my second child, a senior (and childless) executive I admired pulled me aside at work. You’re doing a great job, she assured. “But,” she added, and looked me…

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…

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…

Stop Judging Women for Not Having Kids

Stop Judging Women for Not Having Kids

After relocating to a new city, I was invited to join a local women’s book club. A group of twenty- and thirtysomething women clustered in the living room, pouring drinks and chatting away, immediately welcomed me. A few…

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…