Nov 2 2012
Teach Me How to Splurge
As part of our month-long series dedicated to Women, Work & Money, Melissa Langsam Braunstein tells us about her struggles to splurge. Not too long ago, I had lunch with a college friend. When we hung out in our 20s, we’d talk … Continue reading
Oct 10 2012
Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be “Froshwhores”
If college was my Renaissance, high school was my Dark Ages. While there were some bright spots, I mostly loathed my four years of high school. It’s not that I was picked on, but I danced to a different drummer … Continue reading
Sep 25 2012
Fifteen Parenting Sins I Committed Last Year
Ever since elementary school, I’ve hated collective punishment. I remember my teacher explained that she was punishing our whole class to incentivize us to police one another’s behavior in the future. I thought that was nuts. I was mad at … Continue reading
Aug 21 2012
Worst Case Toddler Scenarios
My first boss in Washington was like an honorary big brother. In between directing our little staff about housing policy matters, he offered life lessons. “When you have a kid,” he assured me, “you’ll be ready to hurl yourself in … Continue reading
Aug 15 2012
What’s Up With the Women on “Pregnant in Heels”?
When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that the very rich “are different from you and me,” I doubt he had pregnant women on the brain. But Bravo’s producers took his sentiment to its logically rotund conclusion with the reality TV show … Continue reading
Aug 2 2012
Figuring Out This Sleep Thing by Trial & Error
To sleep. Ever since I became a mother last May, that’s all I’ve wanted. Lila started life as a good sleeper. But our beginners’ sleep luck ran out during her third month, in the run-up to our Boston-D.C. move. We … Continue reading
Jul 26 2012
10 Tips for Flying with Kids
Over the past year, I’ve flown a lot–way more than I would have anticipated with a new baby. Lila and I have flown up and down the East Coast and all the way to Europe. It hasn’t always been easy–especially … Continue reading
Jun 5 2012
My Baby is a Better World Traveler Than Me
Traveling overseas is intimidating. And I say this as someone whose last several international destinations have included Ghana, India, and South Africa. I hadn’t ventured abroad since early 2010, for a fairly obvious and adorable reason. But my husband recently … Continue reading
May 17 2012
Once I Wean My Daughter, How Will I Relax?
I’m going to miss nursing. People keep asking me when I plan to wean, and I tell them what I’ve said since Lila was born.
May 8 2012
The Grunt Work of Motherhood
Motherhood isn’t a day job. I’m on-call around the clock. We do grunt work with pride and never expect a thank-you, because we are motivated by love.