Are You A Tom-Tom Mom (or Dad)?

(Laura’s note: I’m on maternity leave, and while I’ll post occasionally over the next few weeks, I also wanted to use this opportunity to run some guest posts from my favorite bloggers. Enjoy!) by Stephanie Vozza I have a confession to make: I have TomTom tendencies. I feel the need to stand over my children calling out directions like a GP… read more »

A Little Princess

I’m in the process of reading Peggy Orenstein’s most recent book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture. It was, perhaps, an interesting choice to pick up a few days before delivering what multiple sonograms have shown will be a baby girl. I sympathize with Orenstein’s opening parag… read more »

Time magazine, money, and what to tell your kids

Time magazine devoted this past week’s cover to a “Special Money Issue.” Given that I’ve spent the past year thinking about “what we spend,” just as the cover lines promised, I found the topic intriguing. Among the interesting tidbits: Almost two-thirds of Americans would take a pay cut to keep our jobs. In 1950, we s… read more »

Tithing and Happiness

In All The Money In The World (yes, that link goes to a placeholder website for the book!) I talk about how best to give money away. Some research has found that spending money on other people — either in the form of gifts or charity — is one of the easiest ways to buy happiness. While this doesn’t make intuitive sense (why would buying a DVD for s… read more »

The Martyrdom Complex

I decided to subscribe to Working Mother magazine recently. While I was at the website ordering the subscription, I came across an interesting poll (it is currently up on the right side of that page, though it could switch soon). The question was “When was your last ‘Me-time?'” The answer choices were yesterday, today, last week, last… read more »