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What We Talk About When We Talk About Work and Life

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 7:31 PM

Last week, the Times ran a "Business" feature about one mother's flexible work arrangement. Sarah Uttech works from home one day per week, and likes the set-up. It's funny to me that this is newsworthy -- I've rarely met someone with job flexibility who doesn't like it; telecommuting...

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'Leaning Back' Is Not Always 'Holding Yourself Back'

(2) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 11:45 AM

The pre-media buzz around Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In has sparked a barrage of essays about women and ambition and career. In this one on the Daily Beast, journalist Mary Louise Kelly describes how and why, after considerable distress, she left a very high-powered, full-time career to...

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Lean ON: Lets Have Nuance and Support, Not Only Slogans

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 5:07 PM

A graphic went around Facebook a while back saying, "Good moms have sticky floors, messy kitchens, laundry piles, dirty ovens and happy kids."

Cue a zillion defensive responses ("Why are you criticizing me for having a clean kitchen?" or "I'm a good mom even though my...

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What Not to Say to a New Mother -- Hospital Staff

(22) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 3:27 PM

The other day I was visiting a family and their just-born baby in the hospital, and in the few short hours I was there, I heard a bunch of surprising comments:

  • A nurse told a new dad (who was standing up, holding his 20-hour-old baby) to put the baby down...
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I'm in the Milk and the Milk's in Me

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 12:28 PM

Maurice Sendak has died at age 83. He was one of my favorite parenting writers.

Wait, you thought his books were for kids?

Chicken Soup With Rice is a brilliant "Playful Parenting" approach to living with a picky eater.

Pierre is one of the best descriptions...

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Atlantic Monthly Gets It All Wrong About Home Birth

(24) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 5:37 PM

I had been planning to ignore the recent Atlantic Monthly piece arguing against home birth (The Case for Hospital Births, 3/15/12), since it seemed the kind of piece written not to inspire thoughtful discussion, but merely to start a click-bonanza flame war. And, as I've blogged about before,...

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Toy Story: Motherhood and Sexual Healing

(13) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 2:01 PM

When I walk in to teach my workshop, the students' chairs are arranged in front of dozens of vibrators. Along the wall behind me, like my backup singers, is an assortment of arm-sized strap-on dildos. This is Babeland, the New York City sex toy shop, and I am here to...

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Mom on Mom

(14) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 3:00 PM

About a year ago, Dan Savage started an awesome project called It Gets Better. If you don't know about it, you should -- people upload YouTube videos telling young gay folks that, once they get through high school, they'll be away from homophobic peers and teachers; as adults...

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