Does Your Professional Conference Welcome Mothers?

You’ve decided to off-ramp while raising young children, but you don’t want your professional muscles or networks to atrophy. So, what do you do? The best solution this independent writer has found is attending conferences. Many organizations talk a good game about work-life balance, but professional reality often clashes with parenthood. There is little understanding or … Continue reading

Who Needs Baby Albums Anymore?

Why do we still buy baby albums? Last year, 4.2 million American babies were born, and category leader C.R. Gibson — which sold the first baby books in 1898 and now has over 20% of the pre-fab baby book market — sold roughly 800,000 traditional, hard-copy baby books to their families. I don’t judge. As … Continue reading

Confessions of an Underwhelming Shopaholic

Teach Me How to Splurge As part of our month-long series dedicated to Women, Work & Money, Melissa Langsam Braunstein tells us about her struggles to splurge. Not too long ago, I had lunch with a college friend. When we hung out in our 20s, we’d talk about politics, office politics, and the romantic entanglements of our … Continue reading

Judging Ourselves as Parents

The Jewish New Year is a time for judgment and reflection, not celebration. We gather to take stock and consider all of the ways we have fallen short, sinned and transgressed. We beat our chests, and each pounding represents a sin that either we — or some other member of the community — committed over … Continue reading

Toddlers & Time Zones

Hush Little Baby Circadian rhythms may have sway, but they’re no Fred Astaire. Lila leads; sleep sometimes follows. My daughter is the rare baby who won’t simply conk when she’s exhausted. If we’re out, she typically continues to explore everything and everyone around her, until she’s home and alone in her crib, regardless of how … Continue reading

Sleep, Glorious Sleep

Figuring Out This Sleep Thing By Trial & Error To sleep, perchance to sleep long enough to dream. Ever since I became a mother last May, that’s all I’ve wanted. Lila started life as a good sleeper. But our beginners’ sleep luck ran out during her third month, in the run-up to our Boston-D.C. move. … Continue reading

Happy Travels With Toddlers

10 Tips for Flying With Kids Over the past year, I’ve flown a lot–way more than I would have anticipated with a new baby. Lila and I have flown up and down the East Coast and all the way to Europe. It hasn’t always been easy–especially when it’s been just us girls–but I’ve gained some … Continue reading

Flying Solo + Baby

Flying Solo With Baby: One Mom’s Travel Adventure I’ve always considered it a pain to travel. And yet, flying by myself exemplifies simplicity, when I consider how much more complicated it is to fly as a lone adult . . . with a baby in tow. Last winter, 8-month-old Lila and I decided to visit … Continue reading

Breastfeeding is my Relaxation

Once I Wean My Daughter, How Will I Relax? I’m going to miss nursing. People keep asking me when I plan to wean, and I tell them what I’ve said since Lila was born. My plan was to nurse for a year. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends one year of breastfeeding, so that seemed … Continue reading

Bigger Kids, Bigger Problems

Grandmothers, You’re Scaring Me Grandmothers and more experienced mothers: You’re starting to scare me. I appreciate the constant cooing over my little girl, I do. But the nostalgia you regularly voice is worrisome. My year-old daughter, Lila, and I are regularly stopped by women who identify themselves as having “older” or “grown” children, and most … Continue reading