Men in the Workplace: How to compete with dads that don’t have to be moms.

A few years ago when a new colleague started in my division, I was trying to be friendly, trying to make small talk.  He was around my age and I thought we might have some things in common, so I asked him what his wife did.  “Her job is to take care of my kids,” he told me.  He was jovial enough about it, not … Continue reading Men in the Workplace: How to compete with dads that don’t have to be moms.

This Doesn’t Have To Be So Hard (part 2)

It is only recently that I am able to look at the period following my daughter’s birth and understand how totally out of my mind I must have been to get upset that the doctors were treating my hours old child with antibiotics when her life was on the line, or that her first taste of breast milk came from a bottle because she wasn’t … Continue reading This Doesn’t Have To Be So Hard (part 2)

This Doesn’t Have To Be So Hard (part 1)

I sometimes think that being a mother doesn’t need to be so hard, that most of the difficulty comes from my particular approach to parenting.  At first glance, my approach is simple:  If she cries, I soothe her.  If she is tired, I rock her.  If she is hungry I feed her and sing to her and clean her face and hands with a warm … Continue reading This Doesn’t Have To Be So Hard (part 1)