Two Cents
Leslie Morgan Steiner is the editor of the best-selling anthology Mommy Wars and the brand new memoir Crazy Love. Steiner is a frequent guest on the Today Show, MSNBC, and regularly contributes to The New York Times, Newsweek and Vanity Fair. She lives with her husband and 3 kids in Washington, DC.  In this column, she will offer her Two Cents on issues relating to modern motherhood. 

Breaking Up With Your Job

I’ve always hated to say good-bye – to boyfriends, summer vacations, apartments, worn-out jeans, dead flowers.   Lila Leff, the founder of a Chicago-based nonprofit youth organization called Umoja, puts goodbyes in better perspective in her Mommy Wars essay: "I see [fill in the blank] as one of the greatest chapters in my life. But all chapters lead to the next chapter, and there is nothing worse than hanging around in a chapter after it has already ended." more

Thank You Gloria Steinem.

Last week, The Wall Street Journal published an article that’s got me gnashing my teeth. Work & Family columnist Sue Shellenbarger reported the disturbing news that on average, over the past decade U.S. businesses have dramatically shortened childbirth leave for new parents: more

Self-Help for Working Dads.

CNN and recently published the results of their Mother’s Day survey, titled “What working moms miss and wish for.” The data was interesting although not terribly surprising. Most working moms want more time with our kids. We’d trade good money for it. Over 50% of moms in dual-career households would stay home if we could afford to financially. This is news? more

Stay-At-Home-Moms: The Comeback.

A woman I know, a lawyer with an Ivy League degree and partner-track experience at a large corporate firm, took five years off to stay home with her two children. When she decided it was time to go back, she interviewed for an in-house counsel job at a mid-sized public company. During interviews she faced skepticism from the other in-house lawyers, executives who had never taken more than a two-week vacation from work. Most voted against hiring her. One lone executive in human resources insisted the company should not hold a few years at home against this candidate in light of her excellent education and work credentials. The woman got the job and flourished in the position. more

Soccer Mom, Slacker Mom, Heartless Working Mom: Enough with the Stereotypes Already.

My entry into the competitive world of daycare and preschools came 10 years ago. It was during my second maternity leave. I was working fulltime for Johnson & Johnson in New Jersey and living in Manhattan . My first child, 20 months old, went to daycare 45 minutes away from my New York apartment, next to J&J’s headquarters in
New Brunswick. more

Hatred & Happy Motherhood.

I recently stopped by my husband’s company for the first time in about two years. To my endless dismay, in his industry the majority of the women are secretaries and HR personnel, most executives have stay-at-home wives, and visits by children and spouses are not exactly encouraged. The men work long hours in quiet, wood-paneled rooms. Contrast that to my workspace -- in the corner of our noisy kitchen, where children, welcome or not, are seldom more than six feet away. more

The Secret Lives Of Wives

What makes the perfect marriage? It's the question of the century! One mom explains why "The Secret Lives of Wives" is the first book on marriage that offered genuine advice that didn't make her want to throw up. more

New Mommy Demands?

Nov 27 2012

One of the things we write about pretty frequently is encouraging pregnant women to realize that it's ok to accept help - before and after the baby is born. more

The Problem With Being "Nice"

In one short, 12-day span, The New York Times published two articles that serves as feminist bookends, of a sort, regarding the pitfalls facing women when we try to be too darn nice.


The Girl Code at Work.

The website The Frisky recently published the so-called Girlfriends Code. Most of The Code had to do with grooming, partying and dating. Some of the stuff was stupid. more

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