Lisa Belkin
Lisa Belkin is the Huffington Post’s Senior Columnist, reporting and opining on life, work and family.

She joined HuffPost in 2011 after a multi-decade stint at The New York Times, where she was variously a national correspondent (based in Houston), a medical reporter, a Contributing Writer for The New York Times Magazine (where her editors described her beat as “the social conscience of our times,” and where she coined the phrase “the Opt-Out revolution) and the creator of the Life’s Work column and the Motherlode blog (where reviewers called her “the next generation’s Anna Quindlen.”)

The author of three books -- “Life’s Work, Confessions of an Unbalanced Mom”, “Show Me A Hero,” and “First, Do No Harm” -- and the editor of two anthologies, Belkin was also the host of “Life’s Work with Lisa Belkin”, on XM Radio, as well as a regular contributor to Public Radio’s The Takeaway and NBC’s Today Show. A graduate of Princeton University, she has returned there as a visiting professor in the Humanities Council, teaching narrative non-fiction as an instrument of social change.

Her own personal life/work balance includes her husband, Bruce, her two sons (who are highly amused that anyone thinks she is a parenting “expert”) and her Wheaten terrier, Riley, (who thinks her is her third child.)

Entries by Lisa Belkin


(1) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 9:28 PM


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P&G Does It Again With A Thank You To The 'World's Toughest Moms'

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 9:33 AM

And you found yourself misty at the traditional "Thank You Mom," ad from P&G which aired during the Olympics? The one that showed tiny, spunky athletes as they grew into champions while their mothers were there to lend a hand?

Well consider that ad a warm-up to this latest...

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Kelly Corrigan's Ode To Motherhood Is One You'll Want To Pass On To Your Friends

(3) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 1:43 PM

I first “met” Kelly Corrigan when four million of you did, back in 2008, when her video “Transcending,” where she read an essay about women's friendship, went viral on YouTube. It was a five-minute, seven-second ode to those who are there to catch us when we stumble and fall.

The essay was printed in the paperback version of her first book, The Middle Place, about love, family, and her fight with cancer. Corrigan’s newest book Glitter and Glue, is out this week, and its another moving, insightful, honest (and funny) paen, this time to motherhood.

There’s a new video, too, with a standalone essay, "This Is The Great Adventure," which you can watch above.

Her words are about navigating the whole of parenting, and about the friends who rally round and hold you up while you do. I suspect it will make you want to send it to every person who has ever done that for you. “Cycling between the kitchen, the desk and the carpool, it can be hard to revel in the domestic litter of backpacks, laundry baskets and jockstraps, much less the cacophony of clashing siblings, or the near silence,” she says.

“What’s the sound of eyes rolling, the tiny click click of thumbs on smart phones, slutty Rihanna whining from a bedroom radio left on? The sound of marital friction, or the mind bending around itself trying to decide when to intervene, when to let them fail, or fight, or go to that kids house you have a bad feeling about?”

Kelly Corrigan joined HuffPost Live to talk parenting, stress reduction and success. See what she had to...

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In Defense Of Texting, My Favorite Parenting Tool

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 6:24 PM

Yes, I know the dangers. That it affects the brain like an addictive drug. That it shortens our attention spans, and reduces our sleep, increases our stress and keeps us from interacting meaningfully with our kids. I have read all the studies...

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The Simple Gift Of Parenthood That Shouldn't Go Unnoticed

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 12:04 PM

Four years ago Jennifer Senior wrote a much-read cover story for New York Magazine about the paradox of raising children. Called “All Joy And No Fun,” it examined why anyone in their right mind has children since one study after the next showed that being a parent sure...

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Parenting Around The World, Through The Eyes Of The WorldPost's Staffers

(5) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 5:07 PM

In Tokyo, a single mother who works as an editor for HuffPost Japan rises at 5 a.m. each workday to pack a lunch for her teenage son before leaving for her office an hour later.

In British Columbia, a news editor for HuffPost Canada nurses her baby, while her...

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Lisa Bonchek Adams And The Problem With Criticizing A Woman Who Documents Her Cancer Treatment Online

(18) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 9:43 AM

For years, Lisa Bonchek Adams has, very publicly, chronicled her breast cancer treatment on the internet.

On Wednesday, Guardian reporter Emma Gilbey Keller, very publicly, questioned whether Adams’ trail of 165,000 tweets was “educational or too much?”

And yesterday, New York Times columnist Bill Keller (and...

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(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 3:50 AM

オリンピック選手の母親に注目し始めたのは、かれこれ22年前のことだ。私自身が母になった時期に重なるのは偶然ではない。以前の私は、オリンピックを観るとき、選手に自分を重ねていた。(「重ねた」という表現は語弊がある。私は運動能力全般が低いのだけれど、彼らにまつわる逸話には釘付けだった) 表彰台に立つ選手を見ながら、カウチに寝ころんで考えた。彼らが考えていることは何だろう?何をしたからここまで到達できたのだろう?世界一になる意味とは何だろう?

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What The Moms Who Raised Olympians Can Teach All Of Us

(2) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 9:27 AM

It’s been 22 years since I started noticing Olympic Moms. It's not a coincidence that that’s around the time I became a mother myself. Until then, when I’d followed the quadrennial events, I'd identified with the athletes. (Well, “identified” is probably the wrong word, because I have no talents of...

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One Year After Sandy Hook, Newtown Families Have Just Begun Emotional Marathon

(57) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 8:16 AM

A year ago, Mark Barden hadn’t really thought about his views on gun violence. Alissa Parker did not yet know she was a writer. Nicole Hockley spent her days as a stay-at-home mom in Newtown, the suburban Connecticut town she’d recently moved to after...

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Millennial Women Are Closing The Wage Gap With Men (For Now)

(12) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 8:23 AM

We are almost there, but not quite.

That is the conclusion of a new report about Gender and the Workplace released today by the Pew Research Center. If the goal is parity between men and women at work, the good news is that Millennials -- those between...

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If Only All Moms Could Breastfeed Like Gisele

(185) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 5:28 PM

Simply by wearing a white terry cloth robe and sitting still in a make-up chair, Gisele Bündchen has once again entered the breastfeeding wars.

Three years after telling Harper’s Bazaar UK that “there should be a worldwide law...that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months,” she

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Will Anxious Parents Have Anxious Kids?

(17) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 5:02 PM

The sins of the father. The traumas and memories, too.

Researchers have found evidence that we (well, mice) really can pass life experience down through the generations. A study this week in the journal Nature Neuroscience is one more data point in the field of “transgenerational epigenetic...

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Sheryl Sandberg: We Need To Talk More About Pregnancy At Work

(122) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 5:11 PM

Here's a hypothetical.

Your boss calls you in and says, "I just wanted you to know that if you are thinking about having children one day, and are wondering how pregnancy and motherhood can be combined with your career, my door is always open and I’m glad to talk."

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An Adoptive Mom Under Fire

(83) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 3:53 PM

Sitting in the pediatrician’s waiting room watching her 5-year-old fall apart was a pivotal moment for Berta Serrano -- as life-changing as the appointment in another doctor’s office when it was made clear she could not become pregnant, as clarifying as the Nepal morning when she met the boy who...

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Should Your Children Be The Center Of Your World?

(77) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 1:11 PM

In the latest parenting post to go viral, Stephanie Metz reaches an important conclusion for all the wrong reasons.

“Why My Kids Are NOT The Center of My World,” is the title of her piece, and in it she worries that today’s parents have raised a...

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The Only Argument For Paid Maternity Leave: 'Because It Is Right'

(113) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 6:02 PM

It was a small study in an academic journal, but the website Quartz saw something larger. “The Economic Case Against Extended Maternity Leave,” opined the headline on Vickie Elmer’s story there.

But that is too simple an interpretation. Reading the study in question, which was released...

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The Family That Lives Apart, But Very Together

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 11:08 AM

How does a family define “home”? (Beyond the aphorism of “where the heart is.”) Is it the place you most often sleep? Where your parents or children are? Where the bills are mailed?

“For most people it’s where they do their laundry,” jokes Angela Anandadappa, who has more reason...

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Stillbirth Haunts American Families More Than You Might Think

(16) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 11:44 AM

New mothers are not supposed to leave the hospital with empty arms. To arrive in labor and depart in mourning is to upend the way the world is supposed to be.

"Born In Silence" is the title of the illuminating video by the Global Alliance to Prevent...

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Should We Blame The Parents Of The Nevada School Shooter?

(746) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 6:26 PM

Atop the numbing news of yet another school shooting, comes word that the parents of the 12-year-old shooter might be charged with allowing the boy access to the Ruger 9mm semiautomatic weapon that he brought from home.

One teacher died and two students were wounded on Monday...

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