Not Another Before-You-Have-Kids List!

First let me say that I love Erin Zammett Ruddy’s writing, and I know that she had qualms about the genre of this piece (see her Parenting blog here). Nonetheless, The Nest just ran her list of 15 things to do before having kids. Regular readers of this blog will recall how I took issue with another big list of Things To Do Before Having Kids a few months ago.
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Really? Working Parents Are Too Stressed For Sex?

The headline over at was designed to grab eyeballs: “New Study Finds Working Parents Are Too Stressed to Go to the Gym, Call a Friend, or Have Sex with their Spouses.” (At least it was their spouses!) According to a survey commissioned by, 62% of working parents said they were too stressed to do the activities listed in the headl… read more »

The Eureka Moment (How Did You Get Your Best Idea?)

It’s a cliche that people get their best ideas in the shower, but that’s probably because it’s so true. You’re relaxed. Your mind isn’t actively focused on problem solving — it’s just wandering. You’re surrounded by white noise. You’re (probably) alone. When else does that happen?
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Round-up: Procrastination, Multi-tasking and Blog Inspiration

I’ve been taking a week off from book writing before plunging into revisions next week. It’s been kind of nice to have a little bit of space, to actively choose to not do something for a while.
However, sometimes we put things off for other reasons. Over at BNET this week, I blogged on 5 Ways To Stop Procrastinating By Friday. I am particularly a fan o… read more »

Idea Files: Worth It Or No?

I’ve been trying to declutter a few areas of my house lately. While doing so, I’ve come across a handful of old “idea files.” It always seems like a good idea to start one. At previous points in my life, I’ve been responsible for coming up with 8-10 short article ideas a month for Reader’s Digest’s Only in America s… read more »