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Morning Meditation

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 03.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Ann V. Klotz

So I began to meditate again. Quietly, without telling anyone in particular. In the winter morning dark, I come downstairs. I settle myself in the living room chair. And there, I breathe. In. Out. Watching the breath, turning my focus inward. Two? Three? Ten minutes? Each day is different. I try not to judge, to forgive myself on the mornings when it's hard to quiet my mind.

How a Capsule Wardrobe Can Save Any Working Mother's Morning

Lela Davidson | Posted 02.09.2015 | Parents
Lela Davidson

If you don't have trouble getting dressed every day then by all means, move on. But if, like me, you do, then the capsule wardrobe is for you too, dear friend. Your world is about to be rocked.

The New Meaning Of Success For Professional Women

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 03.25.2015 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The old saying, "Success is getting what you want and happiness is wanting what you get" might well sum up the dilemma of many professional women.

How to Get on the Working Mother 100 Best Companies List: 9 Tips for a Better Application

Robin Hardman | Posted 03.08.2015 | Business
Robin Hardman

For starters, you need strong policies and programs promoting women's advancement and work-life balance for all employees. Then you need to be able to demonstrate that employees actually use these programs and policies -- and (ideally) that senior leadership and managers at all levels encourage that use.

Leaning In and Speaking Up Part II: Why I Am Freezing My Eggs

Ellevate | Posted 02.15.2015 | Women

Warning: I have already been told this subject makes a lot of people uncomfortable. My employees were cool when I announced it during our Monday morning meeting, but I knew they were all cringing inside.

Keep On Chewing

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 01.25.2015 | Women
Ann V. Klotz

As Thanksgiving approaches and we prepare to make a family feast, our tenth in the lovely dining room at Lyman House -- the home built long ago for one of my predecessors -- I think of how it is we landed in this place and of the advice Seth, my husband, gave me once, long ago, which has helped make hard spots easier.

The Hard, Daily Switch from Work to Home

Hilary Wilce | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

I'd been living all day in neon office light, with grown-up office people. My head was still buzzing with the rhythms and problems of my fast-paced day. Home was domestic, lamp-lit and adhering to its own time table.

5 Reasons I Support Earned Paid Sick Time

MotherWoman | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents

By Liz Friedman 1. Because employees should not be forced to choose between caring for sick family members and the jobs they need. 2. Because a wor...

The Real Reason Women Should Lean In

Liz O'Donnell | Posted 12.14.2014 | Women
Liz O'Donnell

All to often a woman's time out of the office during her childbearing years is compounded by the time she takes off later to care for her parents and she suffers a significant lost in wages as a result.

The Heartbreaking Truth About Shift Work For Parents

The New York Times | Posted 08.14.2014 | Parents

In a typical last-minute scramble, Jannette Navarro, a 22-year-old Starbucks barista and single mother, scraped together a plan for surviving the mont...

Corporate Fraud of a Different Stripe

Martha Burk | Posted 09.28.2014 | Business
Martha Burk

It's that time of year again. Corporate good-guy awards are handed out like candy by magazines with headlines screaming "Best Companies," for various groups -- usually minorities and women.

Mission Possible: How to Thrive As a Working Mother of Young Children

Melissa Llarena | Posted 09.20.2014 | Parents
Melissa Llarena

By letting ourselves get lost in appointments, meetings and obligations, we risk missing out on enjoying what's truly important in life. Here are four takeaways I've realized are crucial for thriving, especially for new moms who feel as though they have too much on their plates.

Stop Asking If Women Can Have It All

Tina Karkera | Posted 09.08.2014 | Women
Tina Karkera

I have a young daughter and my message to her will always be that she can be whatever she wants to be. But I would be doing her a disservice, not to mention setting her up for failure, if I told her that she can "have it all."

5 Things You Can Do to Boost Female Talent... Even If You're Not the CEO

Gail Becker | Posted 04.07.2014 | Women
Gail Becker

The good news is that you don't have to be a CEO to make a significant impact. Here are five things any of us can do at your workplace to help ensure women attain better representation in leadership roles.

12 Steps To Help You 'E-Tox'

working mother | Posted 09.20.2013 | Parents

Written by Adina Kalish Neufeld for Working Mother Magazine I always knew I had an addictive personality. I dive into everything headfirst, have ne...

The No-Choice Generation

Janis Powers | Posted 10.26.2013 | Women
Janis Powers

I've had a high-powered career, been a stay-at-home mother and returned to the workforce. As I read the media coverage about the challenges of working women in America, I have to wonder what would have happened if Atalanta and Young John had reunited... and had a baby

Christine Organ: A New Definition of Success

Christine Organ | Posted 08.06.2013 | Parents
Christine Organ

Success is not a victory or result, but a perpetual state of mind. It is learning from external paradigms of accomplishment while listening to a compassionate inner voice.

Mackenzie Lawrence: Success Is...

Mackenzie Lawrence | Posted 08.05.2013 | Parents
Mackenzie Lawrence

Success one day, for example, means my three kids and I have managed to make it through the day with only two spilled drinks, five arguments over what to watch on TV and three Phineas and Ferb Band-Aids (and maybe, just maybe, I was able to take a shower).

Jacki Zehner: Why I Can't Wait to Be 50!

Jacki Zehner | Posted 08.05.2013 | Fifty
Jacki Zehner

o many of the women I know, myself included, at some point said, "enough." They were successful, they "had it all," only to realize that the "all" was a moving target.

Are Working Mothers Color Blind?

Liz O'Donnell | Posted 07.29.2013 | Parents
Liz O'Donnell

Work life balance for working mothers is often thought of as equilibrium between career and family. But for mothers of school-aged children, balance is more like a three-legged stool than it is a two-sided scale. And school is the third leg of that stool.

Leaning in for Sanity

Jill Patir | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Jill Patir

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.

What Makes a Company a Great Place to Work?

Robin Hardman | Posted 02.12.2013 | Business
Robin Hardman

No company has 100 percent satisfied employees. Nonetheless, employees of companies on 'best places to work' lists often do seem happier with their jobs than those at other companies.

American Women Deserve the 'Kate Treatment'

Joan Williams | Posted 02.04.2013 | Women
Joan Williams

When women become pregnant in America, they face a strong possibility that their employers will fire them rather than permit more frequent bathroom breaks, place them on light duty, change their shifts, or allow them to work in departments that are "always looking for help."

The Woman With the Hammer

Robin Hardman | Posted 12.17.2012 | Business
Robin Hardman

There's the head of an entertainment company whose 12 words -- "One of every five CDs sold will be sold in our stores" -- helped take his company from $28 million to $200 million in three years.

Breaking the Cycle of Responsiveness at Work

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 11.27.2012 | Business
Morra Aarons-Mele

Am I the only one who feels work is simply a boundary-less continuum? Saturday feels simply a pause, not a stop time for work.