Dear Day Camp Owners: Make Summer Great Again

Dear Summer Camp Owners, Some of my fondest memories were spent with you. But now, you're ruining my life.  Day camp was a magical place. As a camper, we played pirates on playgrounds, we learned how to swim in large groups crammed into an unheated pool, we whined and complained through organized sports, we stood …

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Forget the Golden Ticket- I Got the Golden Handcuffs!

I knew I was considering a career change, but I didn't realize Escape Artist would need to be at the top of my list. "How can you have never heard of the golden handcuffs?", Eliza asked incredulously as we sipped rose beside the rooftop bar on a beautiful Chicago afternoon. It had been a full …

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Mom’d Ambition: Striving to be a Madonna

Who says having children is a reason to turn in your career ambition and sacrifice it for homemade baby food, Music Together classes, and endless breastfeeding talk? One minute we're lamenting how there aren't enough women in executive roles, instructing high potential women on things like gravitas and dressing for the role you want, and …

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Make Room for Daddy: Why Date Night Is a Great Night

Of course, we ALWAYS leave room for dessert... During the week, we are buried by demands and commitments, both our own and our children's. There's work, school, extra-curricular activities, birthday parties, the social calendar, the family engagements. The calendar is kicking our keister. There is no time, both literally and figuratively. We simply don't have …

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The NKOTB Renaissance, Featuring Donnie Wahlberg?!

He's standing on top of a flaming piano, doing a strip tease. And the crowd goes wild. (Donnie on a flaming piano. Nice bod, Bud.) Don't call it a comeback, they've been here for years. Apparently I didn't get the memo that although I'd long since abandoned them, The New Kids On The Block are …

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Summer of The Others

I'm too young to remember The Summer Of Sam. But that slogan doesn't have positive connotations.... So I find it weird to see people tagging their social media pics with #summerofava or #summerofolivia or #summerofliam or #summerofwhoever.  I get it. You're down a kid for the summer thanks to Sleepaway camp, and the younger sibling(s) …

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Mid Year Performance Review- How Would Your Family Measure Up?

"Honey, it's time for your mid year check in."  How would my husband respond to this statement over steak and rosé tonight? Every year, as we turn the corner into the second half of the year, my boss sits me down and we check in on my performance year to date. We discuss things like …

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Handicapped by Handicaps: Understanding Golf Culture 

Golf culture. Can someone please explain this to me? When winter thaws, and spring begins to transform branches into buds, another metamorphosis happens in the workplace. My male co-workers adopt a new language, their conversations turn from fantasy football into a whole new dialect. Just when I think I'll be able to hack it and …

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