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Resolutions for the new year, parenting-style

At the end of each year, we make resolutions, swearing that we'll finally do a multitude of undone things: lose weight, stop smoking, start writing that novel, take that long-delayed trip to Barcelona. But do we also make a separate list of resolutions solely focused on our jobs as moms...

By Jen Chaney | December 31, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (32)

New year, new priorities: Family first

Things were just humming along on Christmas Eve. The kids were sacked out in the living room, basking in the glow of both a roaring fire and an early Christmas gift (G-Force . . . skip it). The figgy pudding was in the oven, along with the ham, and --...

By Brian Reid | December 28, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (16)

Was There an 'Opt-Out Revolution' or Not?

When people write about choices that parents make, there is a tendency toward hyperbole that tends to obscure the truth and get folks in a froth. Certainly, that was the case in 2003, when Lisa Belkin wrote an intriguing New York Times Magazine piece about a staggering small sample of...

By Brian Reid | October 2, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (25)

Back to School for Me, Too

When my first child entered school, I signed my name on a sheet in the hallway of the preschool volunteering to clean up after the school Christmas party. Easy enough. Happy to help. That sign up turned into sorting clothes for the kids’ stuff sale, chaperoning the field trip and...

By Nancy Kerr | September 10, 2009; 08:24 AM ET | Comments (43)

Hello (Again)

As Stacey noted yesterday, I'll be leading the charge at On Parenting going forward. It's a huge challenge; Stacey did an incredible job of keeping her ear to the ground for parenting wisdom day after day, month after month, and I'm going to do my darndest to maintain that level...

By Brian Reid | August 25, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (48)

Surviving (and, at Times, Thriving) Without the Kids

By Rebeldad Brian Reid Sunday: We drop the kids at the airport with their grandmother. The Southwest area is a zoo, and I'm parked in the middle of the road. We give hasty hugs and kisses and the girls disappear. Since we're already in the city, we decide to hang...

By Brian Reid | July 30, 2009; 07:20 AM ET | Comments (21)

His and Hers in Finding Equality

When author Karen Bridson and I first talked about her writing a guest blog about the revolution of the women's movement and bringing equality to the household, she wrote of how giving birth to her son six years ago left her feeling like she had "somehow woken up in 1956....

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 10, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (75)

The Case for 'Womenomics'

Claire Shipman, senior national correspondent for ABC News' "Good Morning America" and mother of two, and Katty Kay, Washington correspondent and anchor for "BBC World News America" and mother of four, were working moms in need of a friendly sounding board. When one would get a new job offer, the...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 3, 2009; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (32)

More on the Juggle

In last week's blog about how playwright Maria Zacarias balances her roles as mother and employee, many of you chimed in wishing that we in the media would talk to someone without flexible schedules, someone who works in an office every day. So, please welcome Moira, who stepped up to...

By Stacey Garfinkle | May 13, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (15)

The Art of the Juggle

Playwright Maria Zacarias has two roles: She's mom to three children under the age of 8 and she's a well-respected playwright in Washington, D.C. In a story in The Washington Post Weekend section today, she answers a question I often see asked: How do you do it? When Zacarias became...

By Stacey Garfinkle | May 8, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (24)

The Changing Dual-Parent Family

Millennials -- the generation of 29-year-olds and under -- are the most convergent generation yet when it comes to gender roles and family life. That's the latest from the 2008 National Study of the Changing Workforce released today by the Families and Work Institute. When asked about whether they wanted...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 26, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (34)

Dads and Downturns

By Rebeldad Brian Reid The victims of the current economic recession, we are told, are overwhelmingly men, which means that more and more fathers are coming home to -- at least temporarily -- different roles. The prospect of fathers taking on increased roles at home has sent the media into...

By Brian Reid | March 19, 2009; 07:15 AM ET | Comments (28)

Moving Women Forward

Last Sunday, the Vatican -- in one of its more confounding moments -- declared the washing machine as the most important 20th century invention to liberate Western women. "The debate is heated. Some say the pill, some say abortion rights and some the right to work outside the home. Some,...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 16, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (61)

Public Enemy No. 1: Layabout Dads

By Rebeldad Brian Reid As much as I hate to admit it, the inescapable fact is that dads, statistically, aren’t holding up their half of the parenting bargain. I’ve known this for some time, but when confronted by the stubborn reality, I usually do one of two things: I point...

By Brian Reid | January 22, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (41)

The Obamas and Work-Life Balance

Could incoming "Mom-in-Chief" first lady Michelle Obama change the way we think of stay-at-home moms and working moms? That's one idea floated by Ellicott City mom LaShanda Chirunga. Chirunga is a Harvard-educated lawyer turned stay-at-home mom of 1-year-old twins. She and her husband always planned on her staying home with...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 5, 2009; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (33)


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