Blog Posts by ForbesWoman

  • Parenting Through Special Education

    By Jenna Goudreau

    A special needs child adds a whole other layer to the familiar working mother balancing act.

    It's a typical summer morning for Maureen Blasko, an associate director at Ernst & Young's Washington, D.C., office. While she helps her 8-year-old twins get ready for the day, her husband makes their lunches and shuffles them out the door--one is off to golf camp; the other to figure skating.

    Katie, her eldest, is 15. From birth, she's suffered a host of medical issues and now attends a special education school for her epilepsy, learning disabilities and ADD. Blasko still gets her dressed, ties her shoes and reminds her to brush her teeth and hair after she finishes breakfast. She will stay and see that Katie gets safely on the summer school bus (at 7:30 a.m., it's late again), but her mind is already jumping ahead to her packed work schedule. When the bus rumbles in, it's one kiss on Katie's cheek and she's off to the office.

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  • Are You Drinking Too Much?

    By Bonnie Rochman

    When it comes to alcohol, it's all too easy to put your health and your career at risk.

    Earlier this summer, London's Daily Telegraph published a tragic story about a young businesswoman whose regular but not excessive drinking--much of it related to entertaining professional clients in her job as a film publicist--apparently led to her death at age 33 from liver disease.

    Undoubtedly, there were other factors at play. But her "death by misadventure," as reported by the coroner, trained a spotlight on the role alcohol plays in a business setting and how women are choosing to drink.

    In Pictures: How To Avoid Having One Too Many

    A generation ago, women and work-related drinking wasn't nearly the issue it is today. But as women forge to the tops of their professions, they're increasingly saddled with social commitments and business entertaining that inevitably involves alcohol.

    The pitfalls are aplenty, and the double standard is as sharp as ever.

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  • Top 10 Skinny-Food Myths

    By Chaniga Vorasarun

    Knocking the halo off the most popular so-called healthy foods.

    It's hard enough trying to eat healthy without all of the noise from diet books, the grocery aisle and the news media about what's good for you--and what isn't. Carbs are making you fat. Actually, it's all that sugar. Never mind. It's fat that's making you fat.

    In Pictures: Top 10 Misunderstood Foods

    In the quest to figure out the magic formula for weight loss, many dieters obsess about what to eat and leave out one critical component. "The boring message of the day when it comes to food is that there are only two variables: what you are eating and how much," says Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D., a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association and the author of The Flexitarian Diet.

    An average adult woman should consume about 1,600 calories a day, says Deanna Hoelscher, director of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for the Advancement of Healthy Living and a professor at the University of

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  • Waiting Too Long To Conceive

    Would I tell my daughter to take the same odds on her fertility that I did by waiting until I was 35? I doubt it.

    I was about 28 when a friend of a friend in her mid-20s told me of an alarming visit to her gynecologist.

    It was a routine check-up. Nothing out of order--until her gynecologist noted that she'd had the same boyfriend for years and asked her if she thought she might ever have children. Maybe, she said, but she wasn't sure when.

    "Then what are you waiting for?" he yelled. He proceeded to bully her, going on about how it gets harder to conceive with age, and did she know how many women cried in his office because they had waited too long, and now couldn't?

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    The woman was clearly rattled. We were standing on a hillside overlooking the San Francisco Bay, about to start a hike with the men we ended up marrying. Neither one of us had even considered motherhood. She was finishing a Ph.D.; I was just five years

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  • The 'new' sexual harassment

    Sexual harassment isn't about being chased around the desk anymore. It's about flirtation, subtle power plays, retaliation and, of course, text messages.

    When her hotel room phone rang at 2 a.m., Megan McFeely assumed it was an emergency. Maybe a friend or family member was hurt or in trouble. Worried, she sleepily picked it up, only to hear a male coworker on the other end. Not a superior, he was someone with "definitely more power than I had," urging her to come back down to the hotel bar. It was obvious he was drunk.

    "I was astounded," says McFeely, who was in New York with several colleagues for a work conference. "He asked me what I was doing in bed, why wasn't I down there partying with them." McFeely told the man she needed to get some sleep and hung up the phone. But the call continued to weigh on her. "When you're not the one in power, and someone does something like that, you just feel unsafe."

    In Pictures: Avoid Sexual Harassment On The Job

    Welcome to the new

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  • Moms Connect On The Internet

    By Meghan Casserly

    Have parenting message boards and mommy blogs co-opted the park bench? Or are they virtual roots to a network of real-life friends and neighbors?

    When a woman of the analog baby-booming generation moved to a new town or had a new baby, bets are that she would've joined a local women's club or mommy group. How else would she make friends, find the right doctor or school, or discover child-friendly treasures like playgrounds and toy shops?

    Fast-forward to 2009, and that same mother has only to turn on her laptop to discover a vast network of blogs and message boards with one mission in mind--mothers helping other mothers make the most of their cities and neighborhoods.

    In Depth: Best Cities For Working Mothers

    Maura Obercian, a 28-year-old Spanish teacher from Brooklyn, N.Y., for example, not only found a much-loved nanny through a local message board but also, for cost-cutting purposes, discovered another couple with a child the same age to

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  • Best Cities for Working Mothers

    By Heidi Brown

    Working moms want to live in the best place for their kids, careers and quality of life.

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    The Complete List Of Best Cities For Working Parents

    The Full Methodology

    This year ForbesWoman inaugurates its first annual list of the Best Cities for Working Mothers. To calculate the rankings, we started with the 50 largest cities in the U.S. and the premise that different mothers have different needs. So while it's safe to say that all moms want a secure and protected place for their children to live in, first-rate medical care and excellent schools, if they're running a business or earning a paycheck, there are other important considerations.

    The potential for a relatively high income, job opportunities and family-friendly cost of living are obvious ones. But childcare is way up there too. Some big cities that seem like choice places to raise a family, such as Salt Lake City, Utah, and Orlando, Fla., offer

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  • Vacation Therapy Made Easy

    By Raquel Laneri

    In a time and money crunch? Stressed out? You don't just want a vacation. You need a vacation.

    Change your environment, change your attitude. Get the most out of your vacation time with this advice on what type of getaway is right for you.

    In Depth: Take A Vacation, Despite Downturn

    You sit in front of a computer all day or stuck in traffic.

    Solution: Get moving.

    You don't need to go surfing in Hawaii or camping in Patagonia to escape the office doldrums. A number of U.S. cities, including Denver and San Francisco, offer free bike rentals, says travel expert Peter Greenberg. Map out an itinerary, pack a picnic and make it an all-day affair. To find a bike trail near you, visit the Rails to Trails Conservancy, which restores trails from former rail lines.

    You work long hours at the office and barely see your friends and family.

    Solution: Together time.

    One of the things that boost our restorative nervous system after a period of stress is being

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  • The Perfect Interview Outfit

    By Leah Bourne

    Whether you spend a little (under $100) or a lot, the key is to mix day-friendly sophistication with a personal touch.

    Just as the summer heats up, fall fashions begin their trickle onto retailers' shelves. But instead of buying the season's trendy leather motorcycle jackets (so chic!) or designer acid wash denim (rockin'!), many women are getting a start on fall with practical pieces for the office. Why now?

    With the joblessness rate at 9.5%, a 26-year high, a share of that percentage are women who are either not working or hoping they don't end up on the "redundancy list."

    These savvy shoppers are seeking interview outfits that will impress prospective (and current) employers and ensembles that set them apart from the throngs of others in search of new jobs.

    Carefully constructing the perfect interview outfit is worth the effort: It can be a deciding factor in whether or not you pass muster with an interviewer.

    "That first impression on an interview

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  • Snack Attack: The Dos And Don'ts Of Healthful--And Mindful--Snacking

    Here's how to make your desk-side eats and treats work for you--not against you.

    Alison Dougherty's job can be hectic. Working on multiple projects at once, often without time for lunch, the Washington, D.C., learning consultant grabs what she can when she can. Most times, that means the food she keeps at her desk.

    Dougherty's desk drawers are stocked with everything from protein bars to instant soup mix. She used to keep a stash of Dove chocolates there, replenishing it when it was empty. After one particularly stressful day, though, she ended up eating an entire bag, or about 30 chocolates. "I got pretty sick," says Dougherty, 30. "I had wrappers laying across my desk. It wasn't good."

    In Depth: Are You A Smart Snacker?

    Recently, Dougherty, who calls herself a "stress eater," decided she needed to get rid of the bars and chocolates and fill her drawers with healthier fare like sugar-free instant oatmeal.

    Workplace snacking habits like Dougherty's are played out in

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