Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Bathtime – Working Mother Sticky Situations Videos

Back in April, I recorded several videos with Working Mother magazine about “sticky situations” working parents face. I’m happy to be able to share them here over the next few weeks! This sticky situation looks at a common gripe: what should you do if your partner seems to do a lot less around the house (or with the kids) than you do? Here are my tips (as I he… read more »

When is time wasted?

Despite a major newspaper calling me a “stone-cold time-maximizing genius,” I must admit that I waste a lot of time. I’ve been recording my time continuously for about 4 months now and I can see the hours that have drifted past, never to be reclaimed. Of course, declaring time “wasted” means we need a definition of wasting time, which is trickier th… read more »

The art of the mini-retreat

I wrote a post for Fast Company recently on how to create a mini retreat. I realized it had been a while since I’d done one in my own life. The idea is to go somewhere interesting and either work on a project or think. About 18 months ago I went to Jim Thorpe to finish a draft of The Cortlandt Boys. When I needed to finish I Know How She Does It last year, my husband took t… read more »


It’s kind of a cliche that fourth kids don’t get baby photos. You’re so overwhelmed with all the other kids that you forget. Knowing that, I’ve tried to be good about getting family photos taken regularly while my little dude is a baby. I’m sure he’ll come up with a million other things to resent me for later in life, but it won’t be that! Plus, he… read more »

Strategic thinking in the Target parking lot, and eating peaches and cream

Overall, this was a good weekend. There were things that worked OK now that I can see will be better in years to come. My weekend sort-of started on Thursday afternoon with the trip to the art museum. Friday is now a non-work day for me, so I hosted a playdate, and spent some time in the pool. The major event on Friday, though, was my 8-year-old’s try-out for a loca… read more »