Category: Parenting

Momentum

The 2-year-old has regressed back to early early wake-up times. This is quite frustrating, as we were doing so much better for a while. I suspect he may be needing less during-the-day sleep, and he still takes pretty long naps. Unfortunately, it's not such a straightforward thing to take time off the nap and hope to add it to the night. He's a real bear when woken… read more »

Avoiding the mommy track

Different people react to parenthood different ways. Some new moms (and dads) want to dial things down professionally for a while. But others do not. Maybe they were on the fast track before and would like to stay on it. Others realize that kids are expensive and it would behoove them to get serious about landing that promotion (with the bigger paychecks). Wom… read more »

Why 2-year-olds are cute

It's clearly a survival mechanism. I don't think the species would have survived without that adaptation. The 2-year-old spent big chunks of the weekend attempting to destroy things, or hurt himself or others. He is still waking up at 5:30 a.m. quite frequently, which is maddening (he did that Friday and Sunday, which were my days). We have put black-out s… read more »

Report on Mommy Day #1 (2017)

My 5-year-old daughter finished her pre-K program this week, so we celebrated with the first of my three planned Mommy Days for the summer. These are days when I take each of my three big kids, solo, for a day-long excursion. We get to spend one-on-one time together, doing something the kid finds fun. My daughter elected to repeat last year's choice of going to H… read more »

How do parents counter the impression of being less productive? (Request for sources)

Just a quick post: I am working on a piece for Verily on how some parents have shown they are "still in the game" after having kids. How do you show you are just (if not more!) productive after having kids? This is a particular issue for women; the motherhood wage penalty is partly about women being seen as less promotable once they have caregiving responsibiliti… read more »