Working Mother

Magazine covering topics of importance to career-committed mothers.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 6, August/September

2008 Best of Congress
We rely on our congressional leaders to create laws like the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to help make working moms' lives more manageable. But even family-focused lawmakers don't always practice in their own offices what they preach publicly....
50 Best Law Firms for Women
FOR LAWYERS RAISING FAMILIES, the choices remain stark: Work nonstop to rack up billable hours or step off the partnership track to be home in time for dinner. No wonder 42% of women lawyers leave the profession at some point in their careers, according...
A Place in the World
Ask your grade schooler to find Iraq-or even New York City-on a map. Not even close? Well, older students don't know much about geography, either. A recent National Geographic-Roper survey finds that only 37 percent of 18to 24-year-old Americans can...
Ask Dr. Howard
My 4-year-old's best friends won't be in her new class. How can I ease her anxiety?A: Kids and people will come and go throughout your child's life, but it can be stressful and sad-as it can be for any adult. This is only the first of many times she'll...
At Last . . . PART-TIME PARTNERS
A first generation of reduced-hours lawyers-many of them working moms-found themselves on a dead-end career track. Now progressive firms are offeringthem the chance to make equity partner and share in the decision-making and the profits.When attorney...
Catch It Early
Obesity may become a concern as early as age 5. Here's how to spot the warning signs and gently guide your overweight child to a healthy lifestyle.Diane Kramer-Pavelich of Littleton, CO, saw it coming. When her daughter Sophie was 5 years old, Diane...
Child's Play
This month's entrepreneur mom: Babz Barnett, 41, mom of Zachary, 7, and Emma, 5; founder of Romp n' Roll, an all-in-one children's center for the 5-and-under set in Glen Allen, VA. Number of employees: 13. Projected 2008 gross revenue across 11 franchises:...
Get Ready to Grow
ask a proLooking to franchise but don't have a clue what to do? Here's some advice from entrepreneur mom Linda L. Burzynski, a consultant who has previously served as the head of the successful franchises Liberty Fitness & Weight Loss, CMIT Solutions...
Hotshots Answer Your Sticky Questions
Q How do you carve out "me time" in the midst of your busy schedule?Christine PaigeSenior VP, Marketing and Internet Services, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Kaiser PermanenteKids: Nicholas, 18, and Stephanie, 13A: Finding time for me takes discipline-just...
Is Your Teen Ready to Drive?
When you think of the milestones in a child's life, first steps and first words come to mind. But when adolescence hits, another whopper is her first turn behind the wheel. Just consider the way a teen's daily life is affected by driving: the amount...
Letters
More Than Skin DeepAfter reading 'The Mommy, Not the Nanny" inyour June/July issue.asmile came across my face. Growing up, my darker-skinned Puerto Rican mother was often referred to as my nanny since I took after my lighter-skinned father. No one thought...
Lunchbox ABCs
Kids need more than pens and paper to ace the school year. So wrap up these easy power-packed choices to keep mind and body engines running full steam ahead.cookbook of the monthWe've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Still,...
Mom on the Runway
With teenage twin boys and a new husband, supermodel Niki Taylor has put her painful experiences behind her and moved on to the newest phase of her career: TV host.Many people assume that a supermodel who has spent most of her life posing for pretty...
Money Ruining Your Marriage?
If fights about finance are wrecking the romance, check out our experts' money management tips, from weekly meetings to that old standby, listening. BYM.R.KYUSWhen Gail Liberman married Alan Lavine, she was the spender and he was the saver. "He never...
Online Ed Gets an A+
More working moms are finding online universities the perfect way to boost their credentials despite busy schedules. BY IRENE CHANGKatherine Getchel was ready for a change. After nearly 20 years of working as an ER nurse in Middletown, CT, she was thrilled...
Playtime Time-Out
A week ago you couldn't tear your baby away from her rainbow-colored stacking cups and great big bucket of blocks. seems she was in full play mode. But suddenly you've come home from work to find a child who has lost interest in her favorite toys. Her...
Smart Style
Bright colors and fun, funky clothing combinations rule the school this season.Off the ChartsSmall style makers can reach new heights with the bright, happy hues found in Zutano's multistripe rollneck sweater ($48), maple stripe scarf ($40) and orange...
Solutions
Dieting for Dollars Didn't exactly rock that bikini this summer? Pump up your willpower at donateyourcalories.com, a site that helps you tally the cash you save on food each month by cutting calories so you can donate the savings to feed hungry children.Banish...
The Nature of Reading
You've long heard the party line: If you fill a young child's bookcase with a mix of good books and read to him daily, you'll raise a reader. So you stock up on pop-ups, fables, classics and award winners and diligently perform the voices in Horton Hears...
This Is How She Does It
MELISSA BIANCHI38, partner, Hogan & Hartson, Washington, DC; husband Manny Pastreich and children Elena, 9, Julia, 6, and Sam, 20 monthsWhen she was pregnant with her first child, Melissa Bianchi got a none-too-pleasant taste of what life as a female...