Category: Marriage

Is this a happy money story?

There are many great reasons to choose to stay home with your kids. Achieving better personal finances, however, is generally not one of them. Economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett has calculated that professional women lose 37 percent of their earning power, on average, by taking 3 or more years out of the workforce. To put some numbers on it: a 37 percent haircut on $… read more »

52 hours in Paris

Many years ago when my husband and I were dating, we used to do such things as go to Europe for the weekend. Often it was because he was there during the week, and then I would fly out to meet him. We did Geneva, London, Paris. Good times! Then we had four kids. The four kids cut down a wee bit on the Europe-for-the-weekend sorts of trips. But they have not killed them. T… read more »

Let it soak (secrets of the most productive people series – installment 3)

Note: I am running a series this week looking at some of my favorite productivity tips, with stories and strategies behind them. Another month is here, which means it is time for a new post on Real Simple. (Longtime readers know I have a thing with this magazine. I believe it perfectly captures the modern, upper-middle-class 35- to 45-year-old woman zeitgeis… read more »

No one has to lean back

As I’ve been traveling to a somewhat ridiculous number of places these past six weeks, I’ve gotten used to certain questions. People often ask how I came to the topic of time management (I really wish I had a better story). People ask if I discovered anything in my research for I Know How She Does It that surprised me (not on the big stuff. But I’ll throw some… read more »

The Working Dad’s Survival Guide: An interview with Scott Behson

Today I'm excited to turn this blog over to Scott Behson, author of The Working Dad's Survival Guide: How to Succeed at Work and at Home. Behson is a professor of management at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the brains behind the Fathers, Work, and Family blog. Our books came out on the same day, and though they were aimed at different genders, big chunks o… read more »