I've come to believe that nothing truly prepares you for motherhood. We had the books, the support from our families, a fantastic doctor and a beautiful nursery. What I wasn't ready for was how I would feel once things settled down.
So often in hearing the stories of women in my research I get a sense of mothers living on the ledge of their lives--out there all alone, sleep depriv...
It's not surprising that we see the world in black-and-white; we are highly rewarded for doing so at work and it allows us to meet our goals. But that's not the skill needed for handling the tug of war between a career and motherhood.
I'm so many different things to so many different people, and it changes depending on the time of day or even the month.
No set of policies will solve the fundamental challenge women face in balancing work and family: There are only 24-hours in a day, and we cannot be in two places at once. The best we can do is create an environment that leads to a wide variety of opportunities
As working women across the United States are finding jobs as the economy recovers from the Great Recession, it is more crucial than ever that they receive the same pay as their male counterparts.
Now that my daughter is a toddler, and now that my job has become more demanding, let the guilt begin.
What kept me from following my dream of sharing my mama wisdom? It was the good old belief that it was my "duty" to be there for my family.
What are you doing for Mother's Day this year? Buying a card that extols mom as someone who fed you, changed you, rocked you to sleep, and cheered you on when you were learning to walk and talk, read and write? A beautiful bouquet of flowers?
Although these two environments (parenthood and running a startup) are starkly different, there are carryover skills. What I have learned is that if you are cognitively aware of the parenting ninja skills you possess, then you are able to recognize similar situations in the startup environment and apply those skills.
My daughter was three when my son was born and for me, the early years of mothering felt like a kind of suspended animation: I could see the cosmos racing away from me outside my spaceship porthole.
While these Working Mother's Day "gifts" may take effort, I'm no longer willing to wait for them. I do not want to have wish these gifts for my daughter; I want them now.
As a mom myself, I often encounter other mothers who find themselves lost in the empty nest. Watching Nicole become an author showed me that nothing but time can be an opportunity to do something that will add joy to the world not unlike the way being a mother once had.
I don't frequent networking functions... or at least not since I became a mom. Time doesn't always permit in the life of a work-at-home, multi-tasking mother of a child in elementary school.
There is one universal experience that each one of us on the planet shares -- each one of us was borne of a woman. While it's so obvious that it's almost not worth saying, after having my own son after 17 hours of labor, this fact came to my mind in a very profound light.
There are times when it doesn't really matter if a flight is delayed; it's merely a chance to catch up on emails or have a Venti coffee instead of a Grande. This, however, was not one of those times.