Fresh out of college at the age of 23 and throughout my early twenties, I worked for some very demanding, tough, mistakes-are-never-an-option bosses.
All of these bosses were female.
At the time, I wavered between being scared of disappointing them and incurring their wrath... and irritated that excellence was expected every. single. second.
And although I may always identify with The Devil Wears Prada a little too closely, there's something I want to say to those women who gave me my start:
Looking back at what these female bosses taught me, I could kiss them. They instilled in me a professionalism, code of conduct and pride in my work that I would never have learned without their whipping into shape. And in honor of Women's History Month, I'm paying homage to their toughness. Besides an appreciation for great shoes and poker straight posture, here are the values their hard-as-nails expectations instilled in me.
At all of these jobs, work began at 8:30 a.m.
Fresh out of college at the age of 23 and throughout my early twenties, I worked for some very demanding, tough, mistakes-are-never-an-option bosses.Read More »from User Post: Tough Female Bosses: Thank You!
- Amy 24/7 | Yahoo Motherboard – Tue, Mar 29, 2011 7:14 PM EDT
Mom, there are times that I think you might wonder why I write about the memories I have of dad, yet I don't always talk about the memories I have of you. We're still making memories, which I'm extremely thankful for. My memories of dad are fading and that scares me, so I write about them to try and hold on to them.Read More »from User Post: Mom, there are some things I want you to know
I don't ever want you to think that I don't appreciate you or don't have fond memories of us. Oh, I don't even want to think about not being able to pick up the phone and hear your voice or see a comment from you on my blog or have a chat with you over Skype. Life is unpredictable and out of our control, so now is as good a time as any to remind you how much I love you and how blessed I am that you are still in my life.
Remember sometimes when I was little and I would get upset out of nowhere and tell you that I didn't want you or dad to die? I don't know where those feelings came from but you always comforted me when I had those emotional breakdowns. Then, when dad did
- Rebecca Levey | Yahoo Motherboard – Mon, Mar 28, 2011 8:28 PM EDT
- My Great Aunt Sara: My grandmother's sister was substantially older than my grandmother, was born back in Russia under cloudy circumstances that no one ever really clarified (did her mother marry a bigamist or have an affair?), came to America at the age of 2 with her single mother. She kept my great-grandmother's maiden name even after my great grandmother remarried and gave birth to my grandmother. None of that could have been easy in early 20th century America. She was a fierce feminist - becoming a nurse and starting the nursing program at Sinai Hospital in Detroit. She is the one who bought me shirt that said, "A woman's place is in the House…and the Senate." She collected Susan B. Anthony dollars and gave them to me. She taught me basic skills like how to tie my shoes and whistle and more esoteric skills like dreaming big and standing up for myself. She was a feminist before there was a word for it and made sure the next generation took pride in that tradition.
When The Clean Air Act was signed into law back in the peace, love and flower-child days of the 1970s, I'm sure there were plenty of parents who believed their children and grandchildren would be able to inhale a little deeper and breathe a little easier as they grew up. But in the decades since its passage, air pollution has continued to be a source of concern, not just to have bluer skies, but also to cut the numbers of premature deaths, respiratory illnesses and missed days of work that can be attributed to dirty air.
It just seemed to make common sense, after all - coal-powered and oil-powered fuel plants spew smoke and chemicals, including mercury, into the air we all breathe.
Social momentum and true bipartisan negotiation led to the groundbreaking clean air law. It was a good starting point, but some things got derailed along the way. George W. Bush became President and he and his 'less government regulation is better' administration repealed part of the law, replacing itRead More »from Moms Can Make the Air a Little Cleaner
- Jodi Grundig | Yahoo Motherboard – Wed, Mar 23, 2011 2:59 PM EDT
If your family finances are in need of some TLC, you're probably at a loss of where to begin. Here are the top five things I suggest you do NOW for your family finances.Read More »from Top 5 Things You Should Do NOW for Your Family Finances
1. Start retirement funds. If you don't already have 401ks, 403bs, or IRAs, start today! Retirement savings is the most important thing you can do for your future, and the earlier you start, the better.
2. Set up a balance sheet. A balance sheet serves as a thermometer so you can learn exactly what your financial situation is. It's the best starting point, even though it can be uncomfortable to put together. You can't improve a situation that you can't understand.
3. Order your credit reports It's important that you review your credit reports annually, to detect fraudulent activity and to detect honest errors. The reports are free to receive once per year, and you should review a report from each of the three credit monitoring agencies.
4. Create a family budget Every family, regardless of their financial situation,
I have two absolutely wonderful sons and have never regretted not having any daughters. But, with March being Women's History Month, I was asked who I would choose as role models for a daughter if I did have one.Read More »from 5 Television Characters I Would Want as Daughters
First, due to my obsession with pop culture, I decided to choose television characters as opposed to real people. Then, I thought it would be even more interesting to choose characters that even though they are make good role models, my choices and therefor my explanations are based on why I would be happy to have each of them as a daughter.
Here are the Top 5 Female TV Characters I Would Want as Daughters:
1. Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) - Sure there would be a lot of danger around what with Buffy always slaying vampires and demons, but she was always very protective of her mother. And while Buffy and her mother had many of the typical mother/teenage daughter spats, it was obvious that Buffy loved her mother. Although I would be worrying constantly, how could
- Sarah Lipoff | Yahoo Motherboard – Sat, Mar 19, 2011 12:36 AM EDT
Well, a battle was won last night. We'll see if the winning team comes out ahead tomorrow. But, for tonight, I am claiming victory of the longstanding toss-the-meat-to-the-floor-dinner-time battle II. Victory was had almost a year ago with my pineapple turkey meatballs, but, sadly, it didn't last long. Within a few short days, meat proteins were quickly tasted, chewed, spit out, and tossed to the floor.
I'd pretty much given up and had even tentatively held up my white flag of defeat, but last night, I had one single little chicken breast waving at me from the freezer. It whispered, "don't give up on meeeeeee" in this little voice. And then, divine intervention stepped in.
I will admit to having a great love of chicken nuggets from the place that shall not be named during my childhood. I loved those crispy fried pieces of who knows what dipped in that small container of barbecue sauce, or maybe honey. Hmmmmm.
So, I figured I'd concoct my ownRead More »from User post: The food tyrant vs. chicken nuggets-o-happiness
Child Hunger Ends HereYou know when something is presented to you at the right moment, how it can really make you sit down and think? How it makes you want to absorb as much information as you possibly can and how it even makes you feel like getting more involved? Well, I have been presented with an opportunity like that.Read More »from Thinking about Child Hunger in America
I'm teaming up with ConAgra Foods and 18 other bloggers to help spread the word about the Child Hunger Ends Here program. I like to get involved. I like to learn as much as I can about causes that really matter and I like educating people. This one is a pretty big deal to me.
I have just learned that nearly one in four children in America live in "food insecure households", meaning, almost 25% of the kids in the U.S.:
a) barely get a meal
b) get meals that are not nutritious
c) don't get a meal at all for some reason or another.
Think about your friends, family and neighbors. Do you really know their situation? You might think they are all well off and don't have an issue with keeping
Trusting your child to someone else is the biggest leap of parenting faith. We hear about far too many nanny nightmares, and babysitter from hell stories abound on the playground and in PTA meetings. Finding quality childcare is hard. Finding someone to love your children and become part of your family is a dream. Allow me to share a few words about an uncelebrated but much loved woman who has graced our lives.
Miss E. was our nanny for several years. The word nanny doesn't do her justice, nor does babysitter. Miss E. was the consummate giver of care, yet caregiver is too cold a moniker to bestow upon this most special lady. Miss E. was more grandmother than anything. She showed my sons Bird and Deal the kind of unconditional, patient love that only those whose blood you share can give you. The boys adore her still, though she hasn't been with our family for a couple years now.
She came in the wee hours when I had the mysterious lump removed fromRead More »from User Post: A Dream in a World of Nanny Nightmares
- Sarah Lipoff | Yahoo Motherboard – Sat, Mar 12, 2011 1:04 AM EST
I don't know how else to share my total confusion and distress over the fact my daughter will only eat three things - cheese, grapes, and cookies (which are really saltine crackers, but we call them "cookies"). Sometimes oranges or pears take the place of grapes, but pretty much cheese and "cookies" rule. One day my daughter can't get enough of banana bread, and then the next she turns up her nose. Then she loves peas, and by the next meal they are playthings instead of something to eat.
I'm seriously tired of the dinner battle, which is turning into an unending war. The food tyrant is reigning high on her throne. Whenever I have a successful triumph, my hopes of new food adventures are often dashed the next day.
My daughter's personality is in full shine mode right now, and she can be a stinker at times. Hey, I was at that age, too, so it's only fair. I wasn't sure if I could take another night of fresh healthy food being tossed to the floor and wasted. So IRead More »from User Post: The Food Tyrant Vs. White Bean Mac-n-cheese
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