Friday, December 02, 2016

Google Alerts Discussing Being a Working Mom During the Holiday Season and Other Topics

A day at the office...
"We working moms kill ourselves trying to be Martha Stewart and Betty Crocker because we're wracked with mom guilt if we can't give our kids that idyllic childhood..." Sandra Scott Simons, MD "Holiday-Mom Guilt: Is it January Yet?"

Sometimes people ask me why I focus my blog on "working moms". They say things like, "Aren't we all just moms?  I mean all moms work hard. Isn't the term, 'working mom' an oxymoron at best and divisive at worst?" I complete understand their points of view. My response is everyone gets to define themselves how they'd like. What I know is that the term "working mom" resonates with me. I also know that those who also define themselves that way are my tribe! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Tantrums Contain Truths

At the Pittsburgh Children's Museum +Awesome Pghkids 
(This is a post from an outing this summer, but the lessons are universal!)

My kids are generally well-behaved. Because of that I'd become slightly cocky. I began to believe that public tantrums were avoidable and something that happened to other parents. Recently, I learned that public tantrums are simply what happens when extreme frustration and a public venue collide. And while there are certain things that you can do to minimize the likelihood that you will be involved in a public tantrum with your kids, chances are at some point, you will be the embarrassed mom who is yanking your kids out of some venue and once it has started, there is really nothing you can do to contain it.

Tantrums Are a Part of Parenting

Well, I guess you could beat your kids. However, I beating just leads to more crying.

Monday, November 28, 2016

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Thanksgiving on Mt. Washington

I know that Black Friday is a major thing. People leave their homes in the wee hours of the morning in pursuit of deals. Since it's been going on for a couple of decades now, I actually think that the thrill of the hunt motivates people as much as the deals themselves. I won't even talk about the people who go out early to buy things and jack up the prices and sell them on eBay. Ah, capitalism... 

Unlike my cousin who has been filmed being one of the first people to enter Wal-Mart on Black Friday, I've never been a big Black Friday person. First, I'm not really into crowds. Second, I often struggle to get up super early and I am not sleeping in my car to catch a deal on a Hatchimal--no judgment. Third, the likelihood that I would be organized enough to find the best Black Friday deals with all that's going on Thanksgiving week is slim to none.

Celebrating Cyber Monday

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Why Working Moms Are Upset About Hillary Clinton’s Loss

Official portrait of Secretary of State Hillar...
Official portrait of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week, Hillary Clinton spoke at a gathering in Washington, DC for the Children’s Defense Fund.  She looked weary and forlorn and she said articulated how many working moms have been feeling. She said, “There have been a few times this past week when all I wanted to do was just to curl up with a good book… and never leave the house again.” When I heard a clip from her speech, I decided to write one post describing why I believe her presidential loss was so hard for so many working moms, beyond the fact that our country elected an incredibly divisive candidate who spouted exclusionary statements during his campaign.
Let me be clear, I supported Hillary. I made small donations to Hillary's campaign, I voted for her, and I even worked the polls on Election Day as part of a statewide Election Protection Effort. I was assigned by the Hillary Clinton campaign, but my work was non-partisan. I worked for fourteen hours that day to protect citizens’ right to vote. I did it because it matters to me and I believe that constitutional rights should be preserved.

However, I did not support Hillary Clinton’s candidacy in the same I did for Barack Obama’s first run.