Category: Career

Reader question: Flexible, well-paid job or an interesting job?

Our reader question this week comes from a woman with two young children who works in technology. Her high-paying job allowed her to work from home full-time with flexible hours. In other words, she had what many parents would view as a dream set-up. The problem? It was "work I could do in my sleep at this point," she says. She was bored. She was not feeling much op… read more »

Can I volunteer at school? – Working Mother Sticky Situations Videos

Last April, I recorded several videos with Working Mother magazine about "sticky situations" working parents face. I am happy to be able to share them here! This sticky situation - "I want to volunteer at school with my kids, but I am short on time!" Here are my tips. I tend to be suspicious of all absolutes, such as "working parents have no time for volunteering… read more »

Do flexible schedules lead to loneliness?

Thanks to alert readers who sent me a recent New York Times article by Cristobal Young called "You don’t need more free time." The thesis, based on time diaries, is that leisure time is a network good. It is most enjoyed when it is experienced at the same time as other people. Young implied that this had negative implications for flexible schedules. While it i… read more »

Gym on Weekends – Working Mother Sticky Situations Videos

Back in April, I recorded several videos with Working Mother magazine about the “sticky situations” working parents face. I was sharing them for a while, then the website crashed. Now it is time to continue sharing them! This particular sticky situation - You like to go to the gym on weekends, but that is also time to spend with kids! So what do you do? Her… read more »

Running a business during naptime

I am now, finally, back at my desk for a full day of work. The past week has been about making do. I can make do quite well. However, it has also been a reminder of why I really prefer not to. P (nanny) had a family emergency that brought her to South Carolina last week. Then we got snowed in and she could not get on a flight until yesterday evening. The kids were out of sch… read more »