How American Parents Spend Their Time

Two-parent households have more time to spend reading and doing other activities with their children (WTOP.com).   Do you live to work, or work to live? Regardless of where their hearts are, many Americans spend more time with their colleagues each week than they do with their own families. Work sets the rhythm of our … Continue reading

Jennifer Weiner Got It Wrong On Work-Life Balance Nosiness

Of course we should respect women writers — moms included (amysmartgirls.com). Novelist Jennifer Weiner is peeved. Inspired by Bill O’Reilly’s ouster from Fox News, Weiner took to The New York Times late last week to mock the pugnacious TV personality for his fiction, applying standards she describes as commonplace for women writers. While I can … Continue reading

Universal Child Care? This Work-at-Home Mom Says, No Thanks!

This week, The New York Times’ editorial staff ran yet another piece in support of Hillary Clinton’s child care proposal. Only, in the latest iteration, Brittany Bronson, an English instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, complains that Clinton’s proposal to expand child care and cap costs at 10 percent of household income doesn’t go far enough. … Continue reading

The Road Not Taken

Former Lehman Brothers CFO Erin Callan Montella doesn’t want her new book painted as “the anti-Lean In treatise”. But what if, regardless of the author’s intentions, that’s exactly how it reads? Montella’s memoir chronicles her glittering professional experiences at a white shoe New York law firm and investment banking house Lehman Brothers, as well as her … Continue reading

6 Tips For Grads From A Wall Street Star

It is  commencement season once again. Speakers everywhere are sending new graduates into the world with pearls of wisdom about how to succeed in life. If those addresses don’t include an emphasis on balance, particularly work-life balance, consider encouraging your own favorite graduate to read “Full Circle,” Erin Callan Montella’s new memoir. Montella, the former … 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

Adam LaRoche Puts Family First, Baseball Second

Would you want to spend all day, every day with your children? Even if you didn’t, would you support a colleague’s desire to do so? That, in a nutshell, is what divided the Chicago White Sox’s management and first baseman Adam LaRoche. LaRoche believes so strongly in his parenting style that he is walking away from … Continue reading

Prince William, Father First

British taxpayers have been up in arms as of late. It seems that Prince William, second in line for the throne, keeps an unorthodox schedule. While William pilots an air ambulance and appears at public events in his capacity as prince, he does neither full-time, and this has led to charges of laziness. It’s understandable that people … Continue reading

Why Paul Ryan Matters for Parents

Should Americans care that Paul Ryan is drawing a red line around his weekends? Americans can, and do, ignore many happenings on Capitol Hill, because they don’t see a connection to their lives. However, Ryan’s raising work-life balance and rewriting the job description for Speaker of the House could be the exception. Some parenting decisions … Continue reading

Paul Ryan, Family Man

It’s notable that when people hear that a successful, ambitious man is eschewing a more powerful position for family reasons, many assume it’s a cover story. In certain cases, it may well be. But is it really so hard to believe that Paul Ryan prioritizes his roles as husband and father above that of House Republican? … Continue reading