Working Mother

Magazine covering topics of importance to career-committed mothers.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 5, June

Balance Seekers
Are you looking forward to summer with a combination of excitement and dread? With all that daylight and all those nonschool hours to fill, summertime is challenging for working moms in hundreds of ways. But it's also a huge opportunity for family fun...
Bright as a Crayon Box
She had me at hello. I'm talking about Lorraine Monroe, PhD, who was a keynote speaker at the First Massachusetts Conference for Women last winter. I spoke there, too, and when I heard Dr. Monroe's address, I knew I wanted this brilliant educator's wit...
Dear Diary
MONDAY, 7:37 a.m. "Did you put your book report in your backpack?" It's the last week of school, and Brookes, my fifth grader, has already checked out. Who can blame him? It's been a long year, and we're all looking forward to summer."Whatever."His reply...
DESPERATE (Non) HOUSEWIVES
She walked in the door and faced the domestic disaster every mom knows and dreads: breakfast and lunch dishes on the table; papers, toys and snacks everywhere. "I could literally feel my blood pressure rise," recalls Helen Raczkowski, a chemist from...
Do You Trust Your Teen?
What with your work schedule and her school and social life, do you trust your teen to do the right things when she's on her own? At least most of the time, you probably do. "Ongoing research shows that parents and teens basically trust each other,"...
Entrepreneur Mom
..this month's mom Gabrielle Melchionda, mother of Silas, 6, and Jasper, 2; owner of Mad Gabs in Westbrook, ME. Produces pure, natural body products. Employees: 5. Projected 2006 gross income: about $500,000.How I wrote a business planMY STORY: Business...
How to Raise a Really Nice Kid
Since your grade schooler was a baby, you've showed him what it means to be kind and caring-values that matter so much to you. But now that he's increasingly exposed to our world's social and media influences, the challenge of maintaining these values...
June Solutions
GOOD CAUSETIGS for Tots Can't get your son to put on a tie? Try one of these ingenious Town Togs ($30, www.towntogs.com), created by an 11-year-old boy who wanted to look cool for school and help those in need. The ties slip on and zip up-and part of...
Melting Pot Menu
Sautéed Corn and Snow PeasSERVES: 6; PREP TIME: 12 MINUTES; COOK TIME: 9 MINUTES; CALORIES: 130Ginger and snow peas give corn an Asian twist. Tip: Serve this quick side dish with Chinese Chicken Skewers (page 148).4 ears corn, shucked, or 1 (16-ounce)...
"Mommy, I Want It"
Q: My kids are inundated with advertisements for fast food and cigarettes, unnecessary gadgets and expensive toys and clothes. Help!A: Parents know that McGruff the Crime Dog, the Princess posse and the Clydesdale foal are more than just cute characters....
Need a Career Coach?
After she became a mother, Lucinda Linde of Westwood, MA, knew something had to give. Working as a management consultant had been a "blast," says this Harvard MBA, but after her first son, Ian, was born in 1997, Linde decided that being available to...
Perfection Correction
Q: As one of a few women of color at my job, I want to be perfect all the time. How can I ease the pressure I feel?A: First, acknowledge that the pressure you're feeling is real. Maybe you're the first woman in your family to go to college. Or maybe...
Playground Rules
There's your little guy, swinging, running around the playground and tangling with other tots pretty much on his own. But just beyond him you see kids playing a quiet game, with moms hovering nearby. You look at yours, and you look at the others, and...
Profiles of Winning Companies
AmEx supports programs that help women of color get training and loans to-start their own businesses.ALLSTATELOCATION Northbrook, ILWHAT THEY DO Provide insurance, retirement, investment and banking productsEMPLOYEES 37,236WOMEN OF COLOR 7,205WOMEN OF...
Speaking UP
WHY AREN'T I TOOTING MY OWN HORN? That's what Rosalind Brewer, now a president at Kimberly-Clark and a mother of two, once wondered as she gazed up the career ladder. What she lacked, she realized, was vision.She shared this insight with an audience...
SPONSORS the üBer-Mentors
When Hae-Young Kim made partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers last year, a day of celebration followed: a champagne toast in the morning, a luncheon in the afternoon and a dinner with some partners and their spouses at a trendy Manhattan restaurant that...
Take a Break!
My background is such that if you saw it in writing, you would say, "Well, nothing great can happen to this kid." I come from parents who dropped out of school before finishing the tenth grade, who married when they were 16 and 18.1 was born the very...
The Rainbow Connection
As a working mom who may spend her days in a culturally varied environment, you come home to your baby aware that the world awaiting her is a rainbow of diversity-and possibility. You are her first teacher, and your commitment to sharing the value of...
This Is How She Does It
There are, of course, constant adjustments and compromises, as most parents who have demanding careers can tell you. Because she's one of the litigation attorneys in the office of the general counsel at Deloitte & Touche, the global financial services...
What Color Is Your Rolodex?
Think about all the people you encounter throughout your workday-and how wide-ranging their ethnic backgrounds are-and it's easy to believe you have the diversity thing down. But think harder: How many of these diverse people do you have lunch with or...
White Women: Read This
WHENEVER SHE THINKS BACK ON THE MEETINGS, Dina Beach Lynch is as perplexed as if it all happened yesterday. As a diversity consultant at a major corporation a few years ago, she often sat in on meetings where white managers discussed promotions. Each...
Yes, You Can!
Breaking news! This just in! Two-year-old Chloe slept in her big-girl bed all night long! This after eating a good dinner, including her vegetables." It's not progress in the Middle East or a Supreme Court nomination, but it's about as big as the news...
You Said It
Time for OurselvesUpon receiving the April issue of Working Mother, I immediately went to the last page to catch up with my favorite column, Lian Dolan's Chaos Chronicles. After reading this month's entry, my first reaction was, Amen! It can be overwhelming...
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