Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Thanksgiving weekend highs and lows

When we talk about our lives, we usually recount past events as stories. Three points of evidence lead to a conclusion. If I wanted to produce a story that this Thanksgiving weekend was a wee bit difficult, I could. Four out of six of us got sick with that lovely stomach bug that hits us every year around this time. I think of norovirus as the universe’s early bir… read more »

The literary Advent calendar

Our “literary Advent calendar” made its first appearance last year. The idea is that for each pre-Christmas night of December (or of Advent, whichever) the children open a new Christmas book. Then you read it together. It’s a chance to highlight old favorites in a systematic way, and try some new ones. As modern Christmas concepts go, it’s a much bet… read more »

Links: 100 hour couples, the gender gap

I’m cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, and hosting a big crew, so I’ll be signing off for a few days. In the meantime, here are a few links to my stories I’ve alluded to here in past weeks: Fast Company: Here’s How Parents Who Work 100 Hours A Week Get Everything Done. So the title is a wee bit misleading. It’s two-income fami… read more »

The overscheduled child?

I wrote much of this essay in the space of time before I brought my 8-year-old to swim practice. He swims on a competitive team and has practice three times per week. His team practices year-round, and he’s quite happy with it. We never have to cajole him to go. We (meaning me, my husband, and our nanny) just have to drive him. We drive to a fair number of things the… read more »

Finishing ahead of schedule

Distance running and long form writing can both be painful. They can also be fun. So I’m grateful, going into Thanksgiving week, that my two November projects in these categories were more in the latter category than the former. Both also took less time than I thought they would! I’d signed up for the Philadelphia Half-Marathon, which was Sunday, but aft… read more »