Working Mother

Magazine covering topics of importance to career-committed mothers.

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 2, February

Add a Little Love
Denise Gustafsoris 5-year-old son, Matthew, needed a little extra help getting out of bed in the morning. "One day, he asked me to do the 'Itsy Bitsy Spider' on his back with my hands," recalls the office manager from Silver Spring, MD. "He liked it...
A Prescription for Balance
When I was a cadet at West Point, I got into a serious car accident after falling asleep at the wheel while driving back to the academy late one night. I'd been studying hard to retake the entrance exam for medical school because I didn't think my earlier...
Bye-Bye, Bottle!
It's time to put your 1-year-old to bed. After his nightly fix of Goodnight Moon, he's ready for his bottle. At the end of a busy day, this routine is a comfort to both of you. But many doctors recommend weaning between 12 and 15 months. While your baby...
CEO Mom
Small is beautiful! This month we launch our Best Small Companies for Women initiative. If you work for a company with five to 500 employees that is family-friendly and supportive of women, sit down right now at your computer and tell me about it! We...
Dear Diary: Phew, I'm Glad the Busiest Decade of My Life Is over. Today, I Turn 40
Saturday12:01 a.m. Frankly, my thirties were exhausting, I'm thinking as I lie in bed, anticipating the big moment. I feel like I strapped on my running shoes in February 1995 and just kept sprinting for the next ten years, from one milestone to another.I...
Editor Mom
What's for breakfast? Recently I shared my morning meal with readers from the New York City area and found their ideas were as fresh as the orange juice. "I especially like knowing about less expensive ways to get the Stylish Mom's look," said Susan...
Eleven Reasons to Love Being a Working Mom
When I went back to my editing job after my first child was born, I cried on the ride to work every day for a month. I also missed my youngest sons first piano recital because I had to be away at an industry conference-and a decade later, he still talks...
February Solutions
PB&J MakeoverFor a tasty twist on a lunchtime classic, experiment with flavored peanut butters and think outside the jelly jar. Here's one variation that packs nutritional power-and flavor.Peanut Butter & Co. Signature Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Sandwich½...
From Italy, with Love
Creamy Tomato and Bread Soup With Basil oilIn Tuscany, stale bread is never thrown away. Here, it thickens a truly comforting soup.1 ½ quarts (48-ounce can) no-salt chicken, meat or vegetable stock2 tablespoons olive oil1 onion, chopped2 ½ pounds tomatoes,...
Get Organized: Bedside Bliss
Sweet Dreams: Top your nightstand with things that calm the senses, such as fresh flowers and scented candles. Anything that causes stress, like your BlackBerry or checkbook, doesn't belong here. * Use a jewelry holder to keep earrings and rings from...
Handling Young Love
You overhear your 14-year-old daughter say that she's "going out" with a boy in school. Before you pull her IM privileges, realize what this really means. Young "couples" are most likely just talking on the computer or sitting together at lunch. Your...
Healthy Mom: Brighten the Blues
This Month's Expert, Diana DeCosimo, MDAssociate professor of medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jerseyquit smoking... avoid ugly spider veins... end migraines, and moreQuestion: I get so depressed during the winter months. What...
How She Does It
Standing in the open-air patio of a shop in New York City's flower district, Jeanne Costello inspects a violet sea of hydrangeas, tests them for freshness and stoops to smell a butter-colored crop of roses. "If you want the best flowers, you have to...
In Good Company
In 1995, Tess Goody got a call from a former coworker with exciting news. He was starting a marketing and communications firm and wanted Tess to be his first hire, Then working at a PR agency, Tess was thrilled and set up a time to meet him a few weeks...
Let Him Learn from Mistakes
Your 7-year-old loves drawing robots-for about a minute. Shortly after picking up the pencil, he's surrounded by crumpled pieces of paper and he gives up. As a working mother you know that aiming for perfection isn't realistic. But grade schoolers, anxious...
Make Time for Your Valentine
Does passion take a backseat to carpooling and late office hours? Follow these five steps to rekindle the fire in your relationship.Turn love into a priority: We all know that it takes two to tango, so to speak, but for busy working parents, romance...
Self-Esteem Solutions
Readers' Anti-Teasing TipsWinning AltitudeSelf-esteem is key, whether your child is overweight, wears glasses or feels different in any way. I keep my child involved in at least one sport that he really likes and give him opportunities to be proud of...
Shine through at Your Review
Takeaway Tips Stick to the facts, ma'am. Detailing just the key points will help you steer clear of both self-promotion and self-flagellation.Get a second opinion. Ask a trusted colleague to help you spot forgotten successes and differentiate worries...
Stylish Mom: The Accessorizer
Lisa Conn StathisReal estate attorneyChildren: Jake, 10, and Jesse, 9Lisa, 45, works for herself, so easy, casual looks hold court on most days. For client meetings, she raises the bar and makes a case for "edgy chic."Personal StyleCourting separates....
Teaching Body Pride
One of your preschooler's favorite distractions has been to pick up her shirt and gaze at her belly button. Lately, though, her interest has moved about three inches south. When it comes to private parts and sex, some parents think it's premature to...
Time Is Money
Spend Ten: Jot Before You ShopWho needs a shopping list? You do-unless you've got time and money to waste. Before your next dash to the store, follow these list-making pointers from Ellie Kay, author of The Debt Diet.1 Keep a running grocery list on...
We're for Opting In
I've read and heard a lot about moms opting out of the workforce, to the point where some people have called it a "revolution." But what about the moms, and dads, who opt in? I'm talking about parents who both work outside the home and raise their kids...
You Said It
Thank you so much for including me in your "25 Stories of Stellar Moms" [November] for the twenty-fifth anniversary of Working Mother. I was honored to be included. And it was fun to read about my crazy full-time schedule as I was bringing my daughter...
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