Posts in category "working moms"

The Unexpected Marriage

The Unexpected Marriage
The day I met my husband was the same day that I met Princess Diana.  It was a glorious June day in 1996, and I was working for the Lurie Cancer Center while in my senior year at Northwestern.  Her Royal Highness was in Chicago to speak at a Symposium on Breast Cancer. The princess... Read more »

What Happens to a Mommy Blog When the Kids Grow Up? Taming the Beast I’ve Created

What Happens to a Mommy Blog When the Kids Grow Up? Taming the Beast I’ve Created
When I first started blogging at Portrait of an Adoption, my oldest child was in kindergarten; my youngest child wasn’t yet born.  There was no end to acceptable fodder for my parenting blog, and every day I shared funny stories about what my toddlers said and did.   The kids were so very young that when... Read more »

Trial By Internet: How To Blissfully Reject the Summary Judgment of Others

Trial By Internet: How To Blissfully Reject the Summary Judgment of Others
Recently, I was speaking with a group of parents and students about the negative effects of cyberbullying.  A seventh-grade girl told me tearfully, “I am constantly being judged.  Judged by kids I don’t know; judged by kids I do know, judged, judged, judged by EVERYONE.” It is a phenomenon that extends far beyond the world... Read more »
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You Have To Hand it to the Geeks

You Have To Hand it to the Geeks
You have to hand it to the Geeks.  They know how to have a rocking good time. Katie and I just returned from Seattle, where we attended the first-ever GeekGirlCon.  In case anyone doubts the need for a con devoted solely to the female population, consider the fact that the con was sold out and... Read more »

Should Adoptive Parents Give Birth Parents Money?

What should adoptive parents do when a birth parent asks for financial aid after the adoption is complete?  A reader – let’s call her Rachel — wrote in and told me the following story: “We adopted a baby boy six years ago in an open domestic adoption.  We keep in touch with his birthmother, Liz,... Read more »

It Takes A Girlfriend

It takes a village to raise a child.  And, lately, I have realized that it takes a group of girlfriends to raise a mother.  I am seven years into this mothering thing, and I couldn’t do it without the help and companionship of my female friends.   At the very beginning, when we first got... Read more »
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When Working Isn't Working

  I spent the past weekend exhibiting my artwork at the Gold Coast Art Show.  It was my sixth year participating in this show.  As always, the effort involved in setting up, exhibiting, and taking down my display was extensive.   On Thursday afternoon, Andrew and I left our three girls in the care of... Read more »