My girlfriend emailed me a copy of a New York Tmes Op Ed from the past weekend titled, “What You Learn in Your 40’s,” by Pamela Druckerman. My friend must have known I would enjoy it, since it’s written in a certain self-effacing humor and addresses many of the realities of becoming 40+. To its point, I certainly hope we’ve learned a few things in our 40’s – and our 30’s, 20’s, etc.
Too Young to Feel Old
The Top 6 Family-Friendly SUVs
When you’re carting around your kids from school to soccer practice, or had picking them up after a rough day at work, safety may not be at the front of your mind at all times. Why should it be? The family-friendly safety features of your car should come without a second thought. In the market for a new family vehicle? Forget the mom minivans and dad mobiles of yore. Check out these top six family-friendly SUVs that make family life look easy -- and even cool.
6. Subaru Forester
The Power of a Good Old Fashioned Sob-Fest
I have two sons, ages eight and six. In my quest to raise them free of misogynistic tendencies I try to let them cry when they feel the need. The key word is "try" because sometimes I become impatient and tell them to quit crying like babies. I am after all, a mere mortal and occasionally the screeching is too much for me to handle without earplugs or Xanax or both.
Cell Phone Etiquette for the Working Mom
If you are like me, a busy working mother, your cell phone is most likely your connection to business, email, text messages, social media, games for the kids, camera roll, and many others. Along the way, I have come upon some tips for cell phone etiquette that I think are important.
Lighten Up On Yourself
I’ve found that running with friends is less expensive than therapy. Having a whole hour to vent while your friends puffs along beside you nodding because she’s too out of breath to form complete sentences in response to you is a beautiful thing.
If you have a long weekend ahead of you that has yet to be booked with travel, seriously consider Niagara Falls, NY. Three days, three nights is ideal for the family getaway you need. Plus, NY is the perfect place to experience the Falls. It provides the perfect family background for fun, adventure, and reflection when it comes to the Falls.
The Success Trap
I read an incredible article in the newspaper last week about success. The author was giving a speech to yet another graduating class and chose to speak on the importance of kindness rather than striving to be number one. Being a general cynic and overall smart ass, I ignored the article them first time I saw it (be nice, play nice, blah, blah blah).
Reflections on the BIG 4-0
When I was a kid, I thought that I'd be a grown up at 18. At 16, I believed that I would be "old" at 21. In my early 20's, the number shifted to 35. By the time I hit my late 30's, I no longer wished to contemplate the matter of age.
A few days ago I turned 40. The Hubs and I celebrated with a ridiculously decadent tropical trip sans children (thanks, Nanni and Poppi!). I slept in, ate incredible meals, drank way more than I should have, took long walks by the beach and relaxed by the pool with a Kindle full of books for days on end. It was delicious. Every single moment.
7 Tips for Relocating with Kids
How many times have you moved? Since my hubby and I were married in 2000, we moved about 10 or more times. Back and forth to Arizona plus several moves around the Bay Area. All without kids.
If Balancing Your Baby’s Needs And Work Wasn’t Hard Enough, Add In Pumping While Traveling
Most work travel isn't glamorous or fun despite what non-work travelers think. You commute by planes, trains and automobiles and sometimes all three and then check in, go to meetings day and night and crash before doing it all again the next day or traveling back home. Prior to having a child, it was easy to do this, come home, eat take out, sleep in and recover, and sometimes, even spend an extra day traveling as a tourist when visiting a new city.