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Lindsey Mead
Lindsey Mead is a mother, writer, and headhunter who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and son. A childhood spent moving around the world left her with a contradictory combination of restlessness and a deep craving for stability. She graduated from Princeton with a degree in English and has an MBA from Harvard, and is currently eschewing her peripatetic childhood by having lived in the same house for 11 years.

Her writing has been anthologized and published in a variety of print and on-line sources including Torn: True Stories of Kids, Careers, and the Conflict of Modern Motherhood, So Long: Short Narratives of Loss and Remembrance, the Princeton Alumni Weekly, Literary Mama, and others. She writes daily at A Design So Vast.

Entries by Lindsey Mead

The Line Between Honoring and Dismissing

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 3:46 PM


I am a sensitive person. I have sensitive children. None of this is news.

I have often in my life felt as though I have to get a grip, get over it, be less sensitive, be less intense, stop taking things personally....

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The Ramblers

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 6:14 AM

I was thrilled to read an advance copy of my friend Aidan Donnelley Rowley's The Ramblers, and I'm even more delighted to jump on the table in support of this book.

It. Is. So. Wonderful.

I read The Ramblers in one delicious gulp last fall and I haven't been able...

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Book Review: A Window Opens

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 3:21 PM

Elisabeth Egan's A Window Opens is both entertaining and poignant, a page-turning read that managed to move me to tears even as it made me laugh out loud. I've rarely read a book that felt so familiar, and I realized when I closed it that's because Elisabeth managed to touch...

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Parenting Tweens: An Exercise in Presence

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 6:36 PM

Parenting is an exercise in presence. This has always been true, of course, but it's getting even more so as my children get older. I wrote about this a bit a week and a half ago on Instagram: "Sunday night. Snow falling softly. Just back from hockey game (3rd of...

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Review: Do Your Om Thing

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 3:00 PM

I've been practicing yoga, with a frequency that has varied between daily and weekly, for over 15 years. I've read parts of the Bhagavad Gita, I used to know the primary series by heart, and I've been on a week-long retreat that featured long periods of silence, a lot of...

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10 Cose che voglio far capire a mio figlio prima che compia dieci anni

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 5:06 AM

Sembra ieri che mi trovavo a riflettere sulle cose che volevo far capire a mia figlia Grace, nel più profondo del cuore, prima che compisse dieci anni. Ora però tocca a Whit guardare in faccia un'età a due cifre. In meno di due mesi avrà dieci anni, e...

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10 Dinge, die mein Sohn wissen soll, bevor er 10 wird

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 1:39 PM

Erst vor Kurzem schrieb ich über die Dinge, die meine Tochter Grace vor dem zehnten Lebensjahr wissen sollte. Aber nun ist es mein Sohn Whit, der in weniger als zwei Monaten zehn wird. Genau wie bei meiner Tochter überlege ich, welche Werte und Wahrheiten ich Whit vermitteln möchte...

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10 Things I Want My Son to Know Before He Turns 10

(22) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 8:43 AM

It feels like just moments ago that I reflected on the things I wanted my daughter Grace to know, deep in her marrow, before she turned 10. But now it's Whit who's staring double digits in the face. In less than two months, he'll be 10, and there...

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Elements of Style: A Practical Guide and Masterful Memoir

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 12:50 PM

I named Erin Gates' Elements of Style my most-anticipated book of 2014, and I have been eagerly awaiting its arrival all year. I was not disappointed. Erin's combination of design book and memoir is both gorgeous and compelling. A sentence in Erin's introduction perfectly encapsulates the book's goal and its...

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The Truth About Being 40

(17) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 10:04 AM

I turned 40 a couple of weeks ago. On the actual day, I woke up early at my parents' house on the Massachusetts shore and drove with my husband, Matt, an hour to the camp where I spent nine happy, sunny years as a child and teenager. We picked up...

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Labor Day, Birth, and Perceived Judgement

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 3:52 PM

I have two children, and their births are my most cherished life experiences. Reading Labor Day, the thoughtful and thought-provoking new anthology edited by Anna Solomon and Eleanor Henderson, reminded me powerfully of why those experiences mean so much to me.

I still struggle to put into words...

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The Perfect Book at the Perfect Time: An American Childhood

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 3:52 PM

Has the perfect book ever found you at the absolutely perfect moment? That happened to me when I was in the Galapagos Islands last month with my children...

Annie Dillard has been one of my very favorite writers for a long, long...

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11 Dinge, die Kinder des 21. Jahrhunderts anders machen als ihre Eltern

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 9:44 AM

Ich habe schon oft über die Unstimmigkeit diskutiert, die entsteht, wenn man der 40 ins Auge sieht, obwohl man sich wie 18 fühlt. Oder vielleicht 21.

Aber hin und wieder werde ich daran erinnert, dass ich nicht mehr so jung sein kann. Vor allem wenn mir bewusst wird, dass...

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11 Ways My 21st-Century Children and I Are Different

(4) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 6:45 PM

I have often discussed the dissonance that comes from staring 40 in the face while still feeling like I'm 18. Or maybe 21.

But now and then I am reminded that I can't be that young anymore, mostly when I realize that my children, Grace and Whit, really are growing...

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The Noise Can Be Too Much

(4) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 1:24 PM

"For the most sensitive among us the noise can be too much."
- From Jim Carrey's Tweet honoring Philip Seymour Hoffman

I have not been able to get Jim Carrey's tweet on the occasion of Philip Seymour Hoffman's sudden death out of my head. That line has been running...

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Glitter and Glue

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 11:37 AM

I am a big Kelly Corrigan fan. Her video, with its tag line "We won't come back here," brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it. I loved The Middle Place. I have forced many friends to listen to me read her essay about turning 40, and her...

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A New Season

(6) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 9:09 AM

I have never been particularly maternal, I never babysat, and I never daydreamed of the day I would have my own children. I was as surprised as anyone, then, when I realized that motherhood was the love affair of my life, the subject that found me, the role...

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Things You Do When You're an Adult

(4) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 10:22 AM

I turned 39 this summer. I have an 11-year-old and an 8-year-old. I drive an SUV, own a house, have been married 13 years and have a graduate degree. It's pretty hard to deny that I'm an adult. I'm constantly surprised, however, by what it takes to make me feel...

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Myers-Briggs, Women in Business and the World at Large

(3) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 11:53 AM

It's no secret that I am an INFJ. It is also not a real secret that I felt a basic discomfort I felt while at business school.

Recently, I read something that explained the former in terms of the latter with a clarity that felt like turning on a...

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The Kind of Mother I Wish I Was

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 5:16 PM

I grew up in a decidedly "the more the merrier" environment. For starters, at the very heart, my family of four was sort of a family of 16. The other three families were a part of our daily life in the loose, everyday way that I understand now reflects true...

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