Moms Under Pressure: A Review of Erica Komisar’s Being There

Psychoanalyst Erica Komisar’s Being There: Why Prioritizing Mothering in the First Three Years Matters has something to aggravate all sorts of parents—working moms, stay-at-home moms, stay-at-home dads, parents with multiple children—and it’s truly a shame. As a stay-at-home mother with a fairly traditional worldview, I initially assumed this book would be geared toward women like … Continue reading

On Not Really Being Ready for Baby #3

                         Your baby’s ready, whether or not you are (IHeartPears.Blogspot.com)!   “So, are you ready?” is the question du jour—or however you say “of the month” in French. After eight months of being largely distracted by my daily routine with daughters #1 and #2, my due … Continue reading

6 Reasons Millennials Should Bring On The Babies Like Bristol Palin

If you haven’t yet heard, Bristol Palin is pregnant with her third child. More revealing than that happy news though, has been some of the snarky reactions it’s inspired in the media and on Twitter. CBS News briefly shared the news of baby number three before rehashing a litany of largely embarrassing Bristol news since 2008 (a.k.a., high … Continue reading

Bridget Jones Roars Back With Her Baby

There’s nothing quite like catching up with an old friend. It gives us an opportunity to take stock, while reveling in the company of someone who knows us, warts and all, and still cheers for us anyway. In many ways, that’s what “Bridget Jones’ Baby” is: an opportunity to see how our old friend Bridge … Continue reading

Erin Callan Montella: From Wall Street Hot Shot to Wife and Mother

Success at work offers a real adrenaline rush. Unfortunately, it’s typically fleeting. Marriage and motherhood, by contrast, offer more lasting satisfaction. Those are among the important life lessons Erin Callan Montella shares in her new memoir, Full Circle: A memoir of leaning in too far and the journey back. Montella was CFO of Lehman Brothers from … Continue reading

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Tackles Teen Pregnancy. Be Scared

When did 14 become part of adulthood? In many ways, young teens are large children, and as the pregnant 14-year-old character on “Grey’s Anatomy” dramatized last Thursday, they can make seriously lousy life choices. Jenny—not yet mature enough to be called Jen—finds her way to the emergency room at Seattle’s Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. She … Continue reading

Alicia Florrick Of ‘The Good Wife’ Evolves Toward Motherhood

Alicia Florrick has been a good wife. While her post-scandal marriage has been complicated, flawed, and largely unfulfilling on an emotional level, she’s stuck it out for the sake of her kids and her career. We most often watch Alicia in her roles as litigator, law firm boss, political candidate, the governor’s wife, or woman … Continue reading

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Should Stop Telling Women To Be Alone

What if a fish wants a bicycle? Or a woman a man? The writers behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Be Single” dance with that latter question and answer it somewhat awkwardly. In our culture, it’s become a matter of faith that women don’t need men, and in many instances, including financial support, we do not. However, that doesn’t … Continue reading

If Parental Leave Matters, So Do Parents

Parenting is a puzzle. It’s one that every parent pieces together differently, and there’s often no one right answer. However, there are certain premises elemental to any parenting discussion; if all sides can’t accept them, we can’t have an honest debate about parenting, or the public policies that affect it. I thought of this while … Continue reading

Mama, You’re a Superhero

Former supermodel Christy Turlington is used to turning heads. But she most recently caused ears to perk up when she told Britain’s Red magazine, “Giving birth was probably the most empowering thing I’ve ever done physically. I was like, now I can do anything. I can run a marathon . . . I can run three marathons!” Having twice … Continue reading