Katrina Alcorn

My first book, "Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink," will be published in September 2013 with Seal  Press/The Perseus Books Group. I have a background in jouranlism. In the 90s I wrote for newspapers and magazines in California and Hawaii (including The San Francisco Chronicle, Honolulu Advertiser, and HONOLULU Magazine). I also worked as an associate producer for a PBS documentary series called “Livelyhood.”

In 1999, I started working for a web startup as a content strategist (an inscrutable Internet title for ‘writer/editor’) and spent the next dozen years at the epicenter of the Internet industry, through the boom, the bust, and the remarkable Web 2.0 resurgence.

I live in Oakland, CA with my husband and three kids.

I write about issues affecting working moms on my personal blog: www.workingmomsbreak.com. You can also find me on twitter: @kalcorn

Are You a Maxed Out Mom?

I am very excited to share with you the official book trailer for “Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink.” It’s 2 minutes long.Please share it far and wide (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, your living room, or wherever you hang out).Maxed Out is now available in paperback, e-book, and audiobook....more

Advice You Will Never Hear From a Career Counselor

Almost two years ago, I wrote my first blog post. As soon as it went live, I thought, I have quite possibly just ruined my entire life. ...more
A few months ago, someone wanted to set up a meeting. I was doing an on-site visit with clients ...more

Taking Work on Your Vacation This Summer?

Our family just got home from a peaceful week in a tent, at the edge of Yosemite. For one exciting, very wet day, thunder and lightening crashed around us. The rest of our vacation was sunny days by the river, swimming, fishing, and eating popsicles. I even read a whole Aimee Bender novel! The absolute best part of the trip was all the focused outdoor time with our kids. The second best part was that we had no cell phone reception. ...more

Love it Amanda. Listen to those whispers from deep in the marrow. Your intuition is wise... and ...more

Survey: 88% of Working Parents Suffer Stress-related Health Problems

Working parents have a lot to juggle, and this can create stress. But what we often overlook is that stress has real health consequences. Several weeks ago, I put together a survey* asking working parents about stress and its effects on their health. More than 600 people responded. I filtered out respondents who lived in a household with at least one stay-at-home adult, which left 560 respondents in households where all adults work. Their answers were alarming:...more

What really stands out for me Jen, is that if you don't take care of you, without YOU, the rest ...more

Working Parents: How Are You Doing? (Survey)

I just put together a very simple survey about working parents and stress. It takes only 3 minutes to complete.If you’re a parent and you work to help support your family, here’s what I’d like you to do: 1. Take the survey. 2. Share the survey (or this post) with everyone you know. 3. Check for results in a few weeks at Working Moms Break. Why am I doing this?...more

Tina Fey's Prayer for Little Girls

This is from Tina Fey’s new book, “Bossypants.” It’s delicious. Makes me want to write a version for my son. (Thanks for sending, Julia!) A Mother’s Prayer for Its Child First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches. May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the the Beauty....more

Limping Along

If you’re a working parent and you feel like you’ve been running in place this year, it’s probably not your imagination. Last week my daughter broke her ankle. It’s kind of a long story, but the central event involved a giant flying leap over a pile of backpacks on the school playground. Girls will be girls… I’m trying to look on the bright side. For instance:...more

This is one of my biggest fears right now. I've been working from home for the last 5 1/2 years, ...more

Contest: What would you chant on the "Mommy Strike" picket line?

Last week I posted a story about how the birth rate is slowing down around the world, and how this in part relates to a kind of International Mommy Strike. (Studies show that when women are giving more support for working and raising families, the birth rate goes up closer to “replacement levels.”) If you’re still confused, read the story....more

Mommy's on strike?

I write about how overworked we are in the U.S., and how we lack government, workplace and familial supports that exist in many other parts of the world to balance work and family demands....more

I went on strike once in the early 1980s when our two daughters were young. I posted the words ...more

Are you stoned, or just multitasking?

It’s a much studied fact that too much multitasking has the same effect on our I.Q. as a bong hit. It makes us stupid....more