Hanging in her bathroom was a navy blue vinyl windbreaker, size 2XL, which Mom had "borrowed" from my stepdad years ago. Every morning and every afternoon the two of them would walk around the block, holding hands to steady themselves, wearing their identical navy windbreakers.
I am a "Real Mom." You may disagree. However, every morning, when I wake, get my stepchildren up and ready for school, make breakfasts, pack lunches, and eventually find time to look in the mirror, I see a mom. Actually, I see my mom.
It's prom night! My date is 14,000 people and I'm wearing -- wait for it -- a duct tape ball gown. The party is a parallel universe where DJs fly through the air, glow sticks abound and the average height is 3' 6".
Summer camps provide structure and activities for families when school is out and parents are working. The increase in camps is in part a reflection of women's steady emergence as equal partners in the workforce outside the home.
When my daughter is having a frustrated moment, it allows me the bandwidth to step out of my own frustration, to calm it, and to be with her in a connected, balanced way. Basically, it helps me to not get caught up in the drama and to focus on that strong part within myself.
Is "Shart" a term he learned in med school? Is a "Shart" recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics? Where did this guy go to med school? Did he even go to med school? Was he a real doctor? For god's sake, how was I going to explain a "Shart?" How would that conversation go?
Work-family balance issues are not individual problems; they are societal problems. And only a motherhood movement representing the interests of women all over the country can successfully demand a societal response.
Governor Bryant deserves a Hall of Shame trophy for blaming moms (moms!) for the failure of our nation's leaders to step up. The problem in our nation isn't that moms are working, it's that our nation isn't working for moms.
New information from the Pew Research Center has proven what we have already been seeing as a major shift in the workplace. Working mothers have become the breadwinning -- or sole -- sources of income in 40 percent of households with children.
For Ida, the most meaningful thing in her life is the gift she brings to others. "I help people jump-start the process of taking control of their lives. I love fitness and health. It helps me feel a sense of power, strength, youth, and energy like nothing else does."
Last week, David Karp, the founder of Tumblr, sold his company to Yahoo. As much as I was in awe of this 26-year-old man's accomplishment, I could not help but wonder about his mother. Who was the woman that raised her son and encouraged him to drop out of high school and enter the workforce?