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Why I'm Going To Let My Daughter Fail Math

(2) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 6:18 PM

My daughter is just starting third grade, so, like many parents, I spent the next-to-last Saturday morning of summer trolling the school supply aisles at three different stores to find a wide-rule composition notebook that wasn't pink, a 12-pack (not 8, not 10) of fine-point markers, plastic-tabbed dividers that absolutely,...

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How to Party Without Pinterest

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 11:27 AM

A couple of weekends ago, I hosted my daughter's 8th birthday party. I'd considered having it anywhere but my house, but every place I called was expensive, really expensive. And even if I could afford it, I just didn't want to spend the money.

I mean, really, how could I...

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Flexible Work Arrangements: Priceless Perk or Career Killer?

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 1:29 PM

More than 50 percent of American workers take advantage of flexible work arrangements offered by their employers. And why not, right? Flex-work is a necessity for most people, not just working parents who often have doctor and school appointments to juggle around work meetings.

And besides, how else is the...

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Confessions of a Formula Feeder

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 2:29 PM

You generally don't hear too many complaints when female breasts appear in the following places: falling out of a bikini top; conservatively covered in a bra advertisement; or stuffed snugly in a Hooters t-shirt.

But for an awful lot of people, even the suggestion of breasts put entirely in the...

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When Beauty Really Is All About What You Look Like

(3) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 4:09 PM

I recently had a conversation with my daughter about beauty. It came up unexpectedly, just before bed, when we were chatting about her new haircut.

She declared that a prodigious head of hair was essential for a girl to be considered pretty -- and that her hair was too short...

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Is There a Right Way to Explain Evolution to a 6-Year-Old?

(33) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 1:29 PM

I was raised Catholic, which means I spent every Sunday morning at Mass, and sometimes Saturday evenings as well. If a holy day of obligation (look it up, heathens) fell on a weekend, then my family went twice -- once because it was Sunday and a second time...

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A Single Parent's Christmas List

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 2:11 PM

In my first year as a single parent, I yearned for practical things that would prepare me for any disaster -- like random daycare closings, flat tires and the off-chance my car might swerve off the bridge I took to work each day and land in Lake Washington.

In short,...

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An Open Letter to Marissa Mayer About the Yahoo Review Process

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 2:17 PM

Hey there, Marissa!

First off, I'm so sorry I haven't written lately. I've been busy managing my new global team, now that all those WFH slackers have been let go.

Who says you can't manage 72 people across six different time zones?

Not you! The best part: I...

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A Yahoo Employee's Open Letter to Marissa Mayer

(34) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 10:15 AM

Dear Marissa,

Whoa, girl! You really know how to drop a bomb. Everyone is still talking about that HR memo. I'm sure you're like, "Hey can we move on and start making some money now, people?!"

I'm totally with you, Ms. Mayer. Totally! I mean, we really need to tighten...

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