In the usual narrative about women's life choices, you are "working" or "staying at home." These are discrete identities. They are sometimes cast as ideologically opposed, if people feel like drumming up the mommy wars (and its clicks and comments). While the broad trend over two generations has been an increase in women in the workforce, there have been oc… read more »
I like writing about time management, but I am more fascinated by broader questions about how people spend their time. This winter, Redbook hired me to do a time diary study on how stay-at-home moms spend their days. This project, "The Mom Gig," was released this week. In addition to my findings, Redbook commissioned essays from stay-at-home parents, and se… read more »
In our culture, we have a lot of sayings about money. For instance, "more money, more problems." The idea is that money just invites more woe into one's life, which may be a comforting thing to believe on some level. However, I'm not sure it's true. While more income invites some problems (you are unlikely to be audited if you don't have a lot of taxable income!),… read more »
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 »
What are mornings like in your house? Are they serene or crazed? If you identify with Team Crazed, how do you feel about being marketed to because of that?
I was thinking of this after several alert readers sent me a link to Organic Valley's recent commercial on mornings. It starts off mocking the Women-In-Commercials world, in which mornings start with yoga,… read more »