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Opting Out

The Fear of Opting Out

Claire Wapole | Posted 03.19.2014 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

With all the evidence supporting the uselessness of the ISAT, why did some parents still insist their kids take it? Even after being presented with the facts surrounding ISATs, some still felt that opting kids out was a really bad idea. Why were so many parents adamant that their kids take the ISAT?

Kathryn Sollmann: Find Financial Security and Inner Peace

Kathryn Sollmann | Posted 12.09.2013 | Women
Kathryn Sollmann

It's undeniable that loosening your grip on your smartphone, being in the moment with your children and replacing multi-tasking with uni-tasking leads to greater well-being.

Why What You Love May Be More Important Than You Think

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Take a gander at what steals too much of your energy. The result will be more beneficial than what is offered in traditional health care as treatment.

What All Women Need To Know Before Tying The Knot

Jennifer Ball | Posted 11.08.2013 | Divorce
Jennifer Ball

Women like me didn't make an agonizing choice between a high-paying, satisfying career and motherhood. Women like me, we basically went from friends to parenthood. Some of us have degrees, some of us never finished college. Some of us never started.

Hope Perlman: Opted Out or Shut Out?

Hope Perlman | Posted 11.05.2013 | Women
Hope Perlman

I can't help thinking that they didn't want to go back to the same careers they had before because the reasons they left are still inherent in them. Those careers remain incompatible with a reasonably balanced life.

Lisa Belkin

What Mothers Really Want: To Opt In Between (INFOGRAPHIC)

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 08.12.2013 | Parents

The discussion over Opting Back In continues, in response to Judith Warner’s New York Times Magazine cover story this weekend, "The Opt-Out Generati...

Why Opting-Out Makes Little Sense

Jennifer Owens | Posted 10.09.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Owens

A decade into working momhood, I'm glad I didn't opt-out. As my career has grown, so has my salary, my influence and my ability to work flexibly.

I Wrote The Original 'Opting Out' -- Here's How Little Has Changed

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin | Posted 08.09.2013 | Women

Ten years ago, the chatter filled my inbox. Today, it is filling Twitter and Facebook. But while the medium is different, the message is surpr...

Opt-In or Opt-Out? What Will the Next Generation of Women Do?

Leslie Grossman | Posted 10.09.2013 | Parents
Leslie Grossman

These were the women my generation had fought for -- so that the future would be brighter for all women and ultimately, the world.

The Retro Wife Opts Out: What Has Changed, And What Still Needs To

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.19.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Until we find that new path, women (and men) who can afford to step off the existing path, will continue to do so. And we will have the cover story equivalent of "Groundhog Day" -- as each new cohort finds itself conflicted for the first time.

WATCH: Filling The 'Resume Gap'

Posted 01.05.2013 | Parents

It’s called the resume gap, and standing on one side (where you have taken a few years out of the workplace to raise children) and looking across to...

A Mother's Departure Memo

Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.09.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

"I...have chosen to leave private practice, and the practice of law (at least for now).I truly admire all of you that have been able to juggle your career and family and do not envy what a challenge it is trying to do each well."

Four Extraordinary Women Explain How to Balance Work and Family

Susan Moeller | Posted 08.26.2012 | Women
Susan Moeller

"It's not that Anne-Marie was being blocked by attitudes that are keeping her from her definition of the top, but that she's being blocked by the reality of her needing to be available to her family,"

Think That Woman Has It All? You're Wrong

Lisa Belkin | Posted 08.21.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Women have done all the contorting that they can possibly do to cram their dual desires for work and children into the workplace as it exists. Now it is time for the workplace to cram, contort and change instead.

Are You ___ Enough?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 07.15.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Would a man's choice to embrace his traditional breadwinning role with gusto be marked as an end to progress, or to opt out of parenthood as a harbinger of the downfall of society as we know it?

Two Poems for the Month of Testing

John Merrow | Posted 04.24.2012 | Education
John Merrow

For many public school students and perhaps for teachers as well, April is the cruelest month of the school calendar. April days that are not devoted to 'test prep' are spent on testing itself. And some of what is going on in this crazy month defies the imagination.

Why Men Opting Out Should Make You Angry -- And Create Change

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.23.2012 | Women
Lisa Belkin

I have always wondered whether there would be the same anger at a story about men choosing to ratchet back their careers -- work less, earn less, climb less of the ladder. It looks like I am getting the chance to find out.

New Generation, Same Story?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 05.21.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

When young women declare themselves optimistic about women in the workplace in the very same survey in which they point out gender-based inequities, you kind of have to worry.

Go Big or Go Home?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 05.14.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

I've opted in, out and all things in between and what I can tell you is this: It's way more complicated than those two little words tend to imply.