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Holding it together is overrated

October 14, 2014
I’m known as the oldest of seven, the product of overachievers, a hyper-competent “woman who always has answers and knows where she’s going,” the go-to girl–the one who always seems have it together. And as I move deeper into the second half of my life, I’m questioning how this affects me–what is the price I pay for stepping into this personae? As a life balance evangelist, I’ve come a long way: I’ve let a lot of perfectionist tendencies drop, am less controlling than before and am a big advocate for the “good is good enough” message–but what would it look like for me to be MORE vulnerable?...
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Child Care Centers and the Quality Improvement Catch-22

October 22, 2014
Quality improvements are indeed important—important enough to warrant the additional investment required. But we cannot keep pretending that these improvements can be paid for out of the current pool of meager resources. If we do, then even fewer children will be served. Child care centers serving low-income families will either opt-out if the quality improvements are voluntary, or be priced-out of existence if they are mandatory. Either of these outcomes will exacerbate the struggles of the working poor.
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Why Flex Time Is the #2 Most Important Employee Benefit

October 21, 2014
Next to quality child care, flex time–much more than high tech fertility–is the most effective benefit companies could give women, and increasingly, men as well, to enhance opportunities to advance their careers while garnering better retention rates and job satisfaction without compromising productivity.
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Old Fight, New Approach: Companies Profit from Parity

October 20, 2014
So you have an important job interview. Your sitter cancels. What do you do? When it happened to First Lady Michelle Obama, she packed up baby Malia, carted her into that job interview, and was completely surprised when she still landed the job.
 
The First Family's efforts to make sure our workplaces are not something out of a " Mad Men episode" comes from a very personal place.
 
This month is National Work and Family Month . It is a public awareness campaign to encourage companies to respond to America's modern dual income family paradigm. 

Why they would have to be encouraged at all...
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From Cuddling to Canvassing

October 14, 2014
Lately, our idea of a hot date is to fling ourselves onto the couch. Then my husband casts me a knowing glance. I nod. And the big turn on begins. With the touch of Casanova, he fondles not just one, but five remotes, as we settle in to enjoy the PBS series about Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Sexy? Not even I am that clinical . But there is something satisfying about watching this series with the man I love. Together, we learn tidbits of history that help us make sense of our world. We gasp at a sepia image of shacks dotting an urban waterfront. Could that be Seattle? These...
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Breastfeeding Women Who Code

October 5, 2014
In a departure from the usual fashion magazine fare, the latest issue of Glamour features two articles about the tech industry: " Secrets of Silicon Valley (That Only Women Know) " and " 35 Women Under 35 Who Are Changing the Tech Industry ." I particularly enjoyed the "Secrets" article, although some of the secrets definitely aren't really secrets. For example: " When it comes to dating, the odds are good...but the goods are odd " and " The sexism is real. " But it was great to see women and the tech industry discussed in a fashion magazine, especially since I had just sent a video about my...
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Sisterhood

September 30, 2014
“We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.” ― Marianne Williamson I once spoke at a girls empowerment conference to a group of three hundred ten to thirteen-year-olds. As I was waiting to go on stage, I overheard a small group of four twelve year-olds talking about their day. One of them was really on fire after learning about civil engineering, and she was inspired to share her career dreams with the others. I could see her face quickly shift from a state of open excitement and joy to one of embarrassment and...
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5 reasons I take retreats

September 15, 2014
“Are you listening to your life–what is it trying to tell you?” Renee Trudeau Stephen Cope, MSW, author and director of Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living says retreats don’t change our lives as much as they change where we stand in relationship to our lives—and our capacity to see the hidden possibilities there. I grew up watching my parents take personal retreats–mostly meditation retreats–beginning in the early 1970s. I wasn’t really sure what they did or what happened during these periods when they were away, but I do remember how peaceful, grounded and loving they were when...
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What High Quality PreK IS vs IS NOT: HINT Wear A Smock

September 2, 2014
As my friends and I – many teachers and all parents of school aged children – hustled this weekend to make sure our children were ready for the new school year, I found myself being asked many questions about early learning. In addition to being mom to five and an early childhood educator, I am a foot soldier for the new statewide initiative, PreK for PA ( www.prekforpa.org ). Literally. Going in and out of preschools, HeadStart programs, parent meetings, and legislative offices - I speak to the incredible value high quality early learning has to our communities. I left a wonderful classroom...
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¡Vayamos Adelante hacia Actualizar Nuestra Cultura Laboral!

August 29, 2014
To read this blog post in English, click here . El nuevo libro de Sheryl Sandburg Vayamos Adelante ("Lean In") enfoca la atención sobre la escasez de mujeres líderes en el campo laboral. Ella subraya que la maternidad es un momento en el que muchas mujeres se desvían de sus carreras. Ella le recomienda a las mujeres jóvenes que se “vayan adelante” para mantenerse en curso, subir la jerarquía, y ser líderes. Las mujeres que retroceden cuando anticipan su maternidad o son marginadas cuando quedan embarazadas están cayendo de las trayectorias de las carreras profesionales de alto nivel. En...
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