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Returning to Work After a Career Break: The GOOD News

Carol Fishman Cohen, Co-founder, iRelaunch writes: Regardless of her intent, Judith Warner’s NYT Magazine article “The Mid Career Time Out (Is Over)” is causing readers to conclude that taking a career break leads inevitably to divorce, misery and lower pay.  Not only is this conclusion negative and demoralizing, but it’s not true. Taking a career break […]

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Back on the Career Track

Is it time to go back to work?  Or maybe time to change career paths with the kids on the way out the door? As the nest empties, these questions naturally arise.  But where to begin?  If you have been out of the workplace for a number of years, dare we even say a decade […]

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Driving Tonka Trucks Home

Looking back, it was naive of me to wish my little boy’s goal might be to memorize the periodic table. What inexperienced mother doesn’t fantasize that her child channel Albert Einstein? Instead, my three-year-old, a great lover of Tonka trucks, had an early predilection to recite the names of construction vehicles. Rather than identifying chemical […]

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I Have a Girlfriend Problem

Our son began his senior year in high school and, by October, announced that the girl he had previously described as “just a friend” was now being reclassified as his “girlfriend.” This relationship lasted more than a year during which time she often spent evenings in our home, frequently joining us for dinner. We invited […]

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Parenting and Sports

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Soccer Moms and Dads Misbehaving

Lisa writes: And then there are the jerks…Earlier this week, we sang the praises of parents who have made standing on the sidelines such a joy, but we would be remiss if we failed to mention a few others.  The list of what we are grateful for is long but, examples of soccer moms and […]

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How to Spend Super Bowl 2014 in New York City

Mary Dell writes: Super Bowl XLVIII will be played in MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, but New York City is the party host. It is also the metro area where Lisa and I have lived and worked for many years and we offer these suggestions for how to spend Super Bowl 2014. Even if you […]

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Parenting and Social Media

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Sex, Drugs, Social Media and What I Failed to Tell My Kids

Lisa writes: If the only thing I told my kids about sex was to use protection, would you think me a good parent? If I had never said more about drugs than, stay away, would that have been alright? Then why is it okay that the only thing I told my kids about social media […]

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Maiden Name or Married Name: A Tale of Two Identities

Lisa writes: At one time a woman got married, shed her former name, and assumed a new identity.  Now a married woman may choose to part with her maiden name, but she may not wish to shed her online identity which includes her professional accomplishments and public recognition. Enter internet search and social media.  Changing […]

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Empty Nest

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Stalking My Kids

Lisa writes: When my kids were little they stalked me.  They followed me from room to room, they banged on the bathroom door and almost never left my side.  Sometimes I loved it, sometimes it made me mental, and sometimes I worried they would never successfully separate.  I wondered why they wanted to be with […]

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Sally Koslow Writes the Book on Reinvention

Mary Dell writes: Sally Koslow is a friend and was my writing teacher at Sarah Lawrence College.  The story of her success, including the publication this month of The Widow Waltz, and dark moments of her career are an inspiring story of reinvention.  She spills all:   From Sally Koslow: Once upon a time—a long time, […]

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