Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

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 »

Managing the kid TBR lists

Thanks to everyone who has been downloading my TBR lists! If you have friends who would also appreciate some reading suggestions, please send them over here to get the list from yesterday's blog post. NOTE: In some browsers, you can't see the letters when you type your name and email, but please be assured, it is registering them, and when you hit that you're do… read more »

“TO BE READ” Reading Guide: Ready-made lists for the ambitious reader

When I ask people what they'd like to spend more time doing, "reading" comes up a lot. For good reason! Scales of human happiness find that people enjoy reading more than watching TV (to say nothing of work or housework). The problem, of course, is that reading makes more demands of you than TV watching does. Consequently, it's always easier to turn on the TV (or… read more »

Weekend highlights

A few highlights from this past weekend: On Friday, I went to Princeton for a low-key version of Reunions. It is not a major one for me (16th!) but there was a class happy hour, and since I live a mere hour away, I decided to go for it. I had a good time, and I was home around 9 p.m. Also, I got a hoagie from the Wawa, which made me relive my time there on so many levels. All I n… 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 »