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Program Director, Pennsylvania Conference for Women
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The Morning Routines of 12 Women Leaders

We thrive from the consistency and efficiency of routines; they reduce our deliberation and in turn, our stress. So it is no wonder that these 12 extraordinary women adhere to strict ones.

Each of these women is at the top of her industry. On average she wakes up at 6:03am, she prioritizes breakfast, and dedicates much of the morning to getting her kids up and out. Two of the women here are childless so their wake up times are significantly later. And then there are the empty nesters who tend to wake early as a remnant of the kid years.

While each of their approaches differs, these successful women all view their daily routines in small…


 

The Real Work Life Imbalance

I am sure that PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has some fantastic lessons on leadership that we could all benefit from. She could teach us about managing boards and shareholders and telling a story through the press. But when it comes to parenting, I suspect Nooyi could learn a lot from other people who organized their time and their life commitments differently.

Nooyi may be a fantastic mom, but when we’re asking her, Anne-Marie Slaughter and other world-class, high-achieving executives how the whole parenting thing is going, is it a surprise that we aren’t getting anywhere?

It’s time to shift the work/life dialogue in four steps…


 

Starting School: Easing the Separation Anxiety


 

The 8 Essential Gifts to Give Your Child

An increasing number of studies show that intensive parenting is bad for mothers and bad for children, yielding a generation of kids who lack the wings to fly. Why then do American families still have June Cleaver on a pedestal? Let’s put an end to face time parenting and instead focus on how to be the best parent possible when we are with our children. Regardless of your constraints – financial, time, or logistical – here are 8 gifts to give your children now:

1. The Gift of Empathy

We all want our children to grow up with the ability to have close relationships and empathy is at the cornerstone. With that in mind, let’s not be the parent who addresses their crying child with exasperation and says, “You’re fine!” Instead, think back to the last time you felt sad or angry and shared your feelings.


 

7 Tricks to Transform Your Picky Eater

Do you have a picky eater and spend hours agonizing about how to steer her away from the chicken nuggets and pasta diet? At my wit’s end with one of my own, I asked Cooking Channel host and The Next Food Network Star winner Melissa d’Arabian for some help.

Here, in her own words, are Melissa’s favorite tricks:

1. Let your kids pick the produce

I turn grocery shopping into a bit of an outing and the kids all know that they are in charge of picking produce. I hand them the plastic bag and say “Ok, Margaux, you are in charge of picking the best two fennel bulbs you can find!” Amazingly, the kids never tire of “being in charge of picking.” Now, you might expect me to tell you that Margaux…


 

Working Moms: How to Find a 25th Hour in Your Day

More than 20 years ago, American Airlines saved $40,000 by removing just one olive from each salad tray in First class. This fun fact translates to your life where the smallest lifestyle changes can yield the most dramatic gains. Here are 10 ways to steal more time from your own life:

1. Organize Masterfully

Triathletes win and lose races in the transitions. Make sure your “supplies’ are in the right places. Every member of your family needs her own equivalent of the cubby and her backpack, lunchbox, homework, and shoes all needs to live there.

2. Outsource – to Your Kids

Figure out the age appropriate activities that your


 

A Faster Morning Routine


 

DIY Fall Craft Projects for Working Moms

RACHEL FAUCETT

It just happens to be national craft month so I’m extra excited about guest posting. As working moms, we are always short on time, so here are five easy and gorgeous craft projects that will get your crafty wheels turning.

The easy to follow, step-by-step tutorials guarantee success regardless of your skill level. Have fun and be sure to send pics once you’ve gotten your craft on!


 

When You’re the Mom They’re Laughing At

by Samantha Ettus Fresh from landing on The New York Times Best Seller list, I interviewed Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner, two of the four authors of the new humor book rocking the mommy world one laugh at a time. Alicia and Mary Ann are Sh*tty Moms by night and TODAY Show producers by day. Describe a Sh*tty Mom. […]


 

Pregnant? 6 Steps to Ensure Your Baby Has an Involved Dad

by Samantha Ettus I have yet to see a successful working and married mom with a husband who doesn’t contribute. Here are six steps to guarantee that you and your husband are partners on the parenting adventure from the beginning: 1. Do the Doctor Visits Together Sure it’s your body but it is your (collective) baby. So […]