Reader question: How do I ask my partner to share home and kid tasks?

We have another reader question! I wrote recently about “parent-work” and when it needed to happen. This reader asks “Do you have any suggestions or best practices of how to communicate with your spouse about sharing parent-work, household, or other common responsibilities?”
This reader reports that “I have established a pattern of just doin… read more »

NaNoWriMo, yes or no?

I have never officially participated in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. I did once write much of a novel between mid-October and mid-November, but not with any of the word count targets or social media fun. I am weighing doing it this year, but there are arguments for and against.
For: I can. I know that with any book, the hardest part is cra… read more »

When you need a weekend

Last week was kind of intense. I managed to complete a round of edits on the novel, write 2 articles plus my normal Fast Company posts, and hack through another revision of Their Own Sweet Time. I evaluated potential covers. I covered an unexpected childcare gap. I went to New York for meetings and a conference. That day was particularly fun because the little d… read more »

When does the parent-work get done?

We have another reader question! This concerns that category of task known as “mom work” or “dad work.” It is, broadly, household management, but with a specific parental twist: making doctor and dentist appointments; buying new pants for a rapidly-growing kid in the correct size (and getting rid of the old ones in some responsible fashion); sign… read more »

But does it save you time?

I have an iPhone, but I have never downloaded any apps for it. Perhaps this sounds strange, as I like to save time and the universe is full of time-saving apps. But I haven’t come up with many activities that I do frequently enough, and when I only have access to my phone, that it would be worth the mindshare for downloading them and keeping track of them.
For inst… read more »