As a parent, we teach our kids everything from feeding and clothing themselves to how to get the best deal on the dress they want. We try to show them how to become independent and responsible citizens of the world. Yet, it seems that with divorce rates staggeringly high, and so many putting off marriage, we don't seem to be doing that great a job of teaching our kids about the institution and about longtime committment. What are we doing wrong and how do we fix it? ...more
A blog post by Ginni Chen, Chief Happiness Officer at iDoneThis, caught my eye. Her post, http://www.blogher.com/member/ginni-chen, was about role models for women in tech start-ups, or rather, the lack thereof. As Ginni pointed out, vastly more men then women populate tech start-ups, a fact made worse by statistics showing men predominating over women in the essential services that surround start-ups, such as finance. ...more
I’m sitting here trying to decide whether to throw away my daughters’ vintage Hannah Montana DVD or hide it in the top of a closet where they’ll never find it.After the morning school routine with my elementary-aged daughters, I decided to turn on the television for the latest news broadcasting around the globe. I’ve heard there are a few little things to be concerned about, from US raids in Libya and Somalia to a shutdown of the federal government and concerns about the health care system, so I thought I’d hear what those in the know have to say....more
This year’s Miss USA pageant brought the world another opportunity to rip a woman to shreds when Miss Utah, 21-year-old Marissa Powell, failed to coherently answer a current events question. Yes, the question was on a topic that directly impacts women. Yes, she could have done better. But, damn, can we just give her a break?...more
I love my girlfriends. Despite being a shy child and having only a few friends at a time, somehow as an adult I have surrounded myself with strong, smart, funny, confident, amazing and sometimes wildly inappropriate women. I got lucky, really lucky. So did my daughter....more
Monday morning I went for a walk with two friends who are mothers. As it often does, talk fairly quickly turned to our teenage daughters and the triumphs and challenges we are facing right now. We took turns talking about and listening to each others' unique perspectives and it felt good to be in the company of others whose values are similar and who may have fresh ideas for looking at sticky situations.
I was struck by how incredibly important parents are to children as they go through the early teen years.
This article was originally posted on MsCheevious.com as part of the "Lessons Learned While Conquering the World" series. Enjoy. --------------------I sat down at the end of week-one of my glorious vacation to Manchester By the Sea, MA, just 30 miles North of Boston (visiting the family of M.C. Nugget), to write this quick article....more
I've never been an athlete. The closest I came to competitive sports was a one year stint as a right-fielder in a junior high softball league. We started out as the second worst team in the league, but quickly swapped that title for the worst team. I did not do much to help relinquish that honor. ...more
A couple of months ago, Oprah's Lifeclass: The Tour made a stop in my hometown. I was completely unaware about the stop until two days prior to the event, when I got a frantic text from a friend. “Girl, did you get your tickets to Oprah’s Lifeclass????” ...more
Is anyone else entertained? Can you recall any male executive who was held accountable amidst all of the hoopla surrounding the global financial crisis in 2008? We had a crisis that resulted in the collapse or near collapse of large financial institutions, like Lehman Brothers or AIG; the federal bailout of financial services and large industrial companies, recall TARP and GM; downturns in the global stock market and the housing