Working Mother

Magazine covering topics of importance to career-committed mothers.

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 6, August/September

Best Companies for Kids
Oh, to be a kid again! our best companies offer child-care centers with plenty of space to explore, learn and grow-places where children thrive. Here are some of our favorites.aBBottengagement isn't a buzzword; it's the daily mo at early discoveries,...
Don't Give Up
We plow through problems at work and press on to completion. when we hit hurdles, we figure out how to jump them and tackle the task. and we often help colleagues do the same. it's our job. but when it comes to motivating our kids as they face mounting...
Easy Comfort Cooking
German Split Pea SoupServes 4 * Prep Time 15 minutes * Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutesWhat could make steaming bowlfuls of this smoky pea soup even more perfect? Flaky, warm Chive and Cheddar Biscuits (page 118) served alongside.2 tablespoons olive oil2...
Evening: DINNER TIME
Fast Food to the rescueYou walk through the door late, greeted by kids who are s-t-a-r-v-i-n-g. tonight's not the night for homemade chicken cacciatore. You need to whip up a fast, fun meal with items you have on hand. here are some ideas for cheering...
From Desk to Dinner
after a long day of meetings, switching gears to help your daughter practice multiplication tables can feel challenging. "most working moms find it difficult to leave the office behind and go from manager mode to mommy mode," says Deb brown, phD, a psychologist...
HAVE A BETTER Evening
Binky Busters eveningYour babe won't go to sleep without a pacifier? Help her kick the habit.1Snip it.Cut off a piece of the pacifier tip each night. It will change the sensation your child gets from sucking and make it less appealing.2go slow.Limit...
HAVE A BETTER Morning
Quick Fixdon't let a wardrobe malfunction wreck your day. keep hollywood hem tape on hand to quickly fix pants, dresses or skirts when they come apart at the seams ($7, hollywoodfashion tape.com).never late againbreak your tendency to be tardy.1you firstset...
HAVE A BETTER Weekend
Hot SpotThis Labor Day, head to the Beatles-inspired Abbey Road music festival in Maryland. The show makes a great "Day Tripper" (abbey roadontheriver.com).Picture PerfectReady to preserve first-day-back-to-school memories? Insider tips for taking top...
HAVE A BETTER Workday
Diversity In AcTIOn60%The increase in the number of businesses owned by black men and women between 2002 and 2007.Source: U.S. Census Bureaustay c O n n E c T E DOnline Ego BoostNeed some confidence during a tough day at work? Popping onto Facebook may...
Heart @ Work
Her mother died from a heart attack at age 38, so Lisa Laesch-Vanstone, 25, had been careful to fend off cardiac troubles with exercise and a healthy diet. but she wasn't as careful about anxiety. "i'm a perpetual worrier and put a lot of pressure on...
Last-Minute Escapes
Flight dealsSave time and money on plane tickets by searching online Tuesday afternoons at 3 p.m., when posted airfares are often the lowest.Trip appStay organized and keep track of everything- from flight times to hotel reservations to dinner plans...
Money-Smart Kids
when Lori mackey was a young mom, she and her husband struggled to stay afloat financially. "we didn't want our kids [briana, now 17, and Devin, now 15] to grow up with these kinds of struggles," she says. "we needed to get a grasp on our finances."...
Morning: GET OUT THE DOOR
First Day Jittersgoing back to school may be a mixed bag of excitement and butterflies. Help calm your child's nerves with these tips.take a trial run. ask if you can visit the school and/or meet with the teacher before the first day. if not, try to...
Pets Rock
Perhaps you're familiar with the desperate plea that bursts from so many kids whenever they encounter a cute dog. "could i have a puppy, mommy, please? pretty please? i'll feed her. i'll walk her every day. i want a puppy more than anything in the world."...
Sunset Dreams
making sure everyone is on task, figuring out a new (less expensive!) solution, making your deadline come hell or high water. if you're anything like me, you've spent the better part of the summer getting the job done-at work and at home. all of which...
Tame a Troublemaker
Be specific.Discuss with your child exactly what behavior was unacceptable to his teacher and why. then offer precise strategies for acting more appropriately. if he hit another child, for instance, ask him to use his words or to tell the teacher if...
The Last Splash!
take advantage of the final hot days of summer with sure-to-please backyard water games from toy industry expert Shannon eis of new York city.Super SoakerSet up the sprinkler and gather the kids and friends in a circle for ringaround- the-rosy. each...
Turn Up the Heat
After tag-teaming with your husband through carpools and playdate pickups, you're often content to end the evening high-fiving each other for making it through another day, then rolling over and snoring. Very hot. "The combination of stress from raising...
We All Remember
As we go about our busy lives, i want to take a moment to pause and remember one of my heroes. Yamel merino was a young single mom of 8-year-old kevin, whom she adored. She had a great job and excelled at it. when the world trade center was attacked...
Weekend: CATCH UP
Gardens save thymePlant a garden? Oh please. But a window box or vegetable and herb container garden can save you time at the market as you soak up the last of the summer sun. Make it as pretty as it is practical by sowing hardy veggies mixed with flowering...
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When to Bribe
there are parents who can get their children to do things with calm reason. they don't yell or beg or threaten. You should explain to your child, they say, in unemotional language, why doing something is important. "You must brush your teeth to keep...
Workday: BALANCING ACT
Pitching inour mornings are a whirlwind. so we divide and conquer: i fix breakfast; kevin, my husband, makes lunches; and our three kids get themselves ready. they're pretty self-sufficient, but there are days when my son whines as i apply sunscreen...
Workday: CELEBRITY MOM Q&A
Your film Higher Ground, which you direct and star in, comes out this month. It certainly has been a family affair.in two and a half years, i've had two babies, done five films, directed one, done an oscar campaign [for Up in the Air] and countless press...
Workday: STICKY SITUATIONS
I just started a new job after months of looking. My boss never told me that I'd have to travel every month. Should I say something or keep my mouth shut?If you just spent months searching for a job and then landed one, I'm assuming you want to keep...
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