All right. I read it. The book that everyone, including my hero, Jon Stewart, has been talking about. So many reviews have been written about this book, that people have resorted to writing reviews of the reviews. The hype has been so incredibly, hyper—The Time story! The 60 Minutes piece! The banner ads! The web [...]
Almost two years ago, I wrote my first blog post. As soon as it went live, I thought, I have quite possibly just ruined my entire life. This was about a year after I went home sick from my job and then never went back. The whole experience still felt painfully raw. I was filled [...]
Working parents have a lot to juggle, and this can create stress. But what we often overlook is that stress has real health consequences. Several weeks ago, I put together a survey* asking working parents about stress and its effects on their health. More than 600 people responded. I filtered out respondents who lived in [...]
I just put together a very simple survey about working parents and stress. It takes only 3 minutes to complete. If you’re a parent and you work to help support your family, here’s what I’d like you to do: 1. Take the survey. 2. Share the survey (or this post) with everyone you know. 3. [...]
What if we just stopped having babies? You know, like an ANTI-labor labor movement. This may sound like a silly, made up argument, but right now, women in their childbearing years are “on strike” in something like than 90 countries in Europe and Asia and it’s creating serious problems.
In the first ten weeks of this year, we’ve missed 11 days of work due to school holidays or a sick kid. We’re not even through the first quarter yet. If the rest of the year is like this quarter, we’ll miss more than 40 days of work by the end of the year. How can that be?
As a mom who works to support her family, good childcare is an absolute necessity for us—without it, I couldn’t work. And if I couldn’t work, we couldn’t pay our bills. I’m lucky I can afford childcare, because there are hundreds of thousands of families who can’t. They rely on programs like Head Start to [...]
It all started a few months ago when a friend of mine made a confession: Sometimes she fantasizes about getting into a minor car accident so that she’ll have to go to the hospital for a few days. My friend doesn’t have a death wish, she’s just so stressed out working and taking care of her kids that a hospital visit sounds tantalizingly restful.
As you may have heard, women still make only 77 cents on every dollar a man earns, and in recent years, progress on closing the pay gap has nearly ground to a halt. On Wednesday, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was supposed to right this wrong, was defeated on the Senate floor. I’ll try not [...]
Recently I did a radio interview about working moms and talked about why I stopped working. My closest friends said I downplayed my nervous breakdown, making it sound like a really bad day (instead of a really bad year). It’s true that I played it down. I was embarrassed. It’s one thing to write about it, [...]