Working Mother

Magazine covering topics of importance to career-committed mothers.

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 5, June/July

A Healing Heart
The drama at work often feels like a matter of life and death, but for Bella Belleza-Bascon, it really is. Her job as a nurse in a children's hospital can be ultra stressful, but Bella has always wanted to "help moms become moms." So it was business...
A Healthier You
If you ask Tammie Cottom, she'll tell you her employer saved her life. Like many other African Americans, Tammie has a history of diabetes in her family. "My parents and grandparents on both sides have it," says the 48-year-old mom of two. "My father...
Anatomy of Guilt
After and endless conference call, Michelle Dubanowski hopped in the car to pick up her preschooler, Michael, from his half-day morning session. As she approached the Sleepy Hollow, IL, school, her heart lurched at the sight of a crowd of moms and dads...
Ask Our Career Coaches
Q/A Let our experts help you navigate your career path, find more balance and increase your success.Q. I was offered a new job at a small company. How can I ask about getting flextime without jeopardizing this opportunity? I made a point of not mentioning...
Baby Envy
Your i-year-old is happily rocking out on her toy piano when her preschool-age brother calls for you. All too soon, the baby's happy tunes turn to whines, then to wails, as she sees you dote on her sibling. She's fed, she's dry, and she was happy moments...
Bodv Boosters
Kiss-Your-Baby Push-upsWith your baby lying faceup on the floor, get into push-up position with your spine straight, knees on the floor and feet down or up. Place your hands shoulder-width apart on either side of your baby. Bend your arms to lower your...
Diversity Works
Allstate InsuranceNORTHBROOK, ILU.S. Employees 36,326Multicultural Women 21%President & CEO Thomas WilsonVP & Chief Diversity Officer Anise Wiley-LittleWhat we love Success breeds success at this financial services and insurance giant, which...
Easy Foot Fixes
Between ob-gyn visits, office demands and birthing classes, aching feet may hit the back burner. But consider putting them front and center - and up on your desk. Pregnancy often leads to excess fluid and foot swelling. Plus, extra weight may cause arches...
Friends and Neighbors
June and July are important months for me. I love being outdoors, spending whatever beautiful days come my way in the backyard (as long as they're Saturdays or Sundays). When Robert and Julia were younger, we enjoyed all kinds of outdoor activities:...
How to Worry Less
I almost forgot to have a baby. I figured when it finally happened, I'd be ready. I was mature (ouch!). I'd been with my husband 15 years and helped raise my stepdaughters while successfully building and managing a financial advisory firm. In my mind,...
If I Knew Then
My father loves his work. A psychologist who practices what he calls "natural psychotherapy," he has no intention of hanging a Gone Fishing sign on the door of his thriving practice. "I enjoy what I do too much," says my dad, Eric. Retirement isn't going...
Letters June/july 2010
What a relief!I've kept myself awake worrying about whether I've harmed my kids by working. Are they missing out? Am I missing out? I appreciated the story "Will My Child Turn Out Okay?" in your May issue. It was good to hear how raising a child while...
Li'l Posers
Om, sweet om! Bend, stretch and perfect your downward dog beside your young yogi with help from Yoga Fun for Toddlers, Children & You, by Juliet Pegrum.SPROUTING SEEDStait by kneeling on your mat with your body bent forward, your forehead resting...
Making Time to Play Catch
AS A STAY-AT-HOME dad, caring for three young children while my wife works, I need some help. So once a week, I attend a fathers' support group to check in with other dads who, like me, want to be good fathers. I grew up without a dad, and that absence...
"Mom, I'm Bored"
Soccer practice, saxophone lessons, Explorers Club, kickboxing classes - your kid's afterschool schedule is filled to the max, and you hope all this fun and enrichment keeps him busy and fulfilled. So why, then, do schoolage children say the main reason...
Negotiating Know-How
WHEN LORI LESKIN RETURNED to work after her daughter, Paige, was born, she wanted to renegotiate her work schedule. A third-year associate at the New York City law firm Kaye Scholer, Lori enjoyed her job but didn't want to continue commuting three hours...
Neighborly Advice
Q My neighbor watches my daughter a few hours three days a week. But when I pick her up, she always has cookie crumbs on her face. Can I say something? It's hard when she's really helping me.Naturally, it depends on the neighbor. If she doesn't have...
Nix Neck Pain
Sitting at a desk all day can be a pain in the neck - literally. But certain exercises can reduce neck, shoulder and upper back pain in women who work at computers, according to a new Danish study in the Journal of Applied Physiology. If you're hurting,...
Out of Focus
One minute your 3-year-old is revving his fire truck, the next he's balancing a block tower, then he's splashing straight down a Slip 'n Slide. He can do so much. What he can't seem to do, though, is focus on one thing for more than a nanosecond. Should...
Parenting by Personality
Kathy Weymiller describes herself as a "borderline-clumsy nonathlete who loves the arts." The Gig Harbor, WA, elementary school principal's idea of a perfect day includes watching opera on PBS. So, what's the problem? Her two sons, Alex, 15, and Ben,...
Raising "Mini-Me"
You like the same things, share many of the same talents and are quietly pleased when people are struck by how alike you are. Having a child who mirrors you may seem easier than raising one who's different, but that's not always the case. Here are some...
Read It
PICKS FOR KIDSLittle Diva, by LaChanze and Brian Pinkney. Nena wants to be a Broadway star like her mom! But for now, she is a D.I.T.- Diva in Training. This sparkling story of a show-biz hopeful - and family bonds - will inspire your young star to dream...
Rub-a-Dub Dough
In search of quality "me time," mom of three Lisa Nissanoff upgraded the bubble bath and made a splash in the spa biz. AS TOLD TO MICHELE ROBERTSMY STORY: Great ideas often come to people while they're in the shower. I get mine in the bathtub. I was...
Secrets of Powerful Women
amy abouelenein 42, R&D director, General Mills, Medina, MN; children Zane, 10, Kenzie, 7I had a fairly conservative upbringing and was never a risk-taker. A few years ago, I was offered a job move, one that felt very risky - it was both a promotion...
Sex and Tweens
You've pur off having "the talk" with your middle schooler, thinking there's no rush. Or is there? "One in five kids has sex by the time they're 15," says Laura Berman, PhD, author of Talking to Your Kids About Sex. And 40 percent have intercourse before...
Super Soaker
UP IN THE AIRThis version of volleyball, played with your tots' toes and a balloon, won't result in any shattered plasma TVs. To start, tie yarn or string from one end of the playroom to the other, 12 inches off the floor. Divide players into two teams...
The Skinny on Kids' Skin
Sun exposure isn't just harmful to grown-up skin- too much sun during childhood is also a risk factor for adult skin cancer. So before your kid learns firsthand about sunburn this summer, send her online for facts about solar rays and skin safety. The...
Vanessa Williams
You've garnered three Emmy nominations for Ugly Betty. What's it been like playing the conniving magazine editor, Wilhelmina Slater?She's been a joy to bring to life. I've loved getting dressed à la Wilhclmina and pushing the limits in terms of extremes...
Why I Work
Soon after this medical researcher found a creative outlet as a radio announcer, she lost her voice to a devastating disorder - only to rediscover it on the written page.* Imagine wondering if you'll ever have another conversation. I faced this.* I do...
You Grill, Girl!
Gingery Chicken Tikka Kabobs with Minted YogurtSERVES 4 to 6 * PREP TIME 15 minutes, plus 2 hours marinating time * COOK TIME 6 minutesThis skewered version of a classic Indian dish is perfect paired with warm pita. The refreshing minty yogurt sauce...
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