Risa Green
Tales from the Mommy Track is a weekly column about the daily life of a part-time working mom. Risa Green is a critically acclaimed author who lives in Los Angeles. Her previous adult novels, Notes from the Underbelly and Tales from the Crib were made into a television series. Her latest novel, The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball, is a Young Adult book that will be released in September, 2010.

Notes from the Underbelly is Back.

Okay, so for all of you who keep asking me about the show, I have scoop. Yes, Notes From the Underbelly is coming back to ABC. You might even have already seen some ads, but in case you haven’t, the season premiere will be on Monday, November 26th at 9:30 pm. It’s funny, before the show existed, I never gave much thought to timeslots or counter programming, to lead-ins or half-hour companion shows. more

Do I Have Any Worst Working Mom Moments?

One of the most underrated things about becoming a parent is the instantaneous bond that you have with all other parents, all over the world. It doesn’t matter what country you’re from, what language you speak, or whether you reside in a red state or a blue one; if you’re in a public place with a screaming child, you can pretty much count on getting a sympathetic, oh-honey-I’ve-been-there look from someone. more

Overschedulization of the Parents.

But please, Joe Biden has a better chance of winning the Democratic nomination than my schedule does of opening up, so what’s a girl to do? Well, I suppose I could stop working, because that would free up Tuesdays and Thursdays, and then I could stop exercising, which would give me back a few mornings, and I guess I don’t really need to have sex with my husband. more

Muddling Through.

So, my trip to San Francisco was amazing. I met so many incredible women who are doing incredible things with their lives, and so many people came up to me and said how much they enjoy this column. more

Am I a Real Working Mom?

This week, a little shameless self-promotion. In case you haven’t seen it plastered all over the website, this Thursday (that would be October 18th), Mommy Track’d is co-hosting an event in San Francisco called New Formulas for Success (from 5:30-9:30 at the Mission Bay Conference Center). more

What's On Your Life List?

There are many things this fall that I’m obsessed with: a Chloè leather jacket that is way out of my price range, the novel that I’m working on, and the new show Tell Me You Love Me on HBO, to name a few. But the thing that has absolutely overtaken me lately is the idea of a life list. more

Working Motherhood: Is It A Choice?

When I worked as a college counselor, my students would often get frustrated because they felt as if they weren’t in control of their college admissions process.  “I don’t have any choices,” they would say.  “The colleges are making the decision for me.”  more

Make New Friends, But Keep The Old.

One of the things that sucks about moving to a new city as an adult is that you never run into anyone you knew as a kid.  My husband Michael has lived in Los Angeles his whole life, and everywhere we go we bump into people he knew from camp, from elementary school, from his middle school baseball team, and my special favorite, girls he made out with in the sixth grade.  more


What a week to be pre-menstrual. I’ll give you a brief overview: Tuesday night there was a picnic for all of the families at Harper’s new school. I read the invitation wrong and showed up half an hour late. Upon realizing this, I began to cry. more


Harper starts kindergarten in less than a week, and my anxiety level is at Defcon five. Back in June, when it was still three months away and my emotions ran the gamut from sad to hysterically sad, I dubbed it Kinderbreakmyhearten. But now that its mere days away and I’m having panic attacks about all of the changes that are about occur, I’ve switched over to Kinderpleasedon’tstarten.


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