For over 16 years, I've worked with my husband. Through our experiences of bonding professionally, following are the top five five secrets we've learned that we apply to a happy marriage.
Life. Life goes on. Until it settles down, here and there, every now and then ... or sometimes 50 years later. And we have the chance to stop and really look in the mirror again.
In the newest issue of Working Mother magazine, we asked experts to share their best advice for serving the greater good by giving money, yes, but also our time.
Is it a normal part of motherhood to "Fake it till you make it," or was this something specific to my wife Nikki?
Ultimately, this novel's strength resides in its depictions of characters whose ethics and motivations occupy a liminal, grey space between good and bad, moral and immoral.
I've been busy managing my new global team, now that all those WFH slackers have been let go. Who says you can't manage 72 people across six different time zones? Not you! The best part: I never have to worry about getting enough face time at the office. Am I right?
It's no secret that the life of a working mother can be really difficult. There is never enough time in the day. We're often pulled in several directions at the same time. We never finish our to-do lists.
I never thought I'd imply that Paul Krugman could be wrong. But when my mother in New Jersey voiced relief that Ohio was doing so much to help the poor after reading his column or another story, I knew some explanation was needed.
Although it has taken time for me to adjust to a world of 24-7 sports, I have realized that there are many educational, physical and emotional benefits to my children's love of sports.
Life affords few do overs, but were I to be granted one, here is how I would have nurtured my dormant career. Here is what any parent who wants/needs to stay home with their kids can do to keep a toe in the water, without drowning.
My "day job" as a professor afforded me time and money during the summer to pursue my dream and it was good to step down from the ivory tower and get back into the mix so I submitted my resume. To my surprise, I was promptly called for an interview. The only problem was that I was born in 1961 not 1991.
It's past time to update the Fair Labor Standards and Social Security Acts for the 21st century. Today's workers need a minimum number of paid sick days in addition to a meaningful minimum wage.
While we certainly can, and should, learn from the women at the top of the corporate and academic worlds, there is so much value we can extract from both the successes, and the struggles, of the would-be-moguls, dedicated moms and too-often-maids -- women just like us.
We can point fingers and argue over the biological realities and psychological influences, but that is missing the point. Moms and dads feel inadequate, as it were only their fault that they can't be two in places at one time, when in reality, they are dealing with a systemic problem.
I'm glad the study didn't use the "happy" word. I'm concerned about making "happy" a destination; something else for mothers to achieve or a standard by which to compare ourselves.
It's time to get rid of phrases such as, "stay-at-home dad" and "working mother." As gender roles have expanded, these expressions, and the ideas behind them, confine, more than define, the complex lives of today's parents. The words mom and dad -- or variations thereof -- are all we need.