When I was pregnant with my first child my husband and I were a dual career couple. Two weeks into motherhood, my boss called me at home. The company had eliminated 30% of its local jobs and I had been laid off. “But I’m on maternity leave,” I stammered in protest, trying to understand how [...]
Today my ten year old daughter asked me if she could be in a beauty pageant. After receiving information in the mail about an upcoming pageant in our area, she springs this on me at breakfast. Alarmed and entirely unprepared for this conversation first thing in the morning, I jokingly turn to my husband “Is [...]
I don’t have to look very far to find caregivers who are giving so much to others that they’re beginning to feel as though they have nothing left for themselves: A colleague of mine appears overwhelmed form working two jobs. A teacher is charged with managing a classroom full of rowdy kids all day while [...]
I was a professional recruiter when I was pregnant with my first child in 2001. Two weeks into my maternity leave my job was eliminated, leaving this new mom without the full-time income that my husband and I had planned on. The day after I was laid off was September 11, the day of the [...]
Wednesday, February 16th. 8:30am I make my daily run to drop my kids off at school and daycare. 9:10am I arrive at my office and check email. I find a personal email from national journalist David Brancaccio from PBS. We met a couple years ago when he interviewed me for a piece he did on [...]
Ever wondered why it seems so hard to make ends meet? The Colorado Self-Sufficiency Calculator allows anyone to type in family size and configuration to determine the minimum amount of annual income required to meet a household’s basic needs. Visit the calculator and you’ll find some staggering and terrifying numbers.
I can’t imagine my life without the two enchanting creatures that fill my days with snuggles, laughter and new adventures. I wouldn’t trade my role as a mother for anything in the world. In all honesty, there are some societal trends that have me concerned about the pressures being placed on contemporary moms.