Around the Watercooler

Want to commiserate about the Monday back to work blues or get tips on scheduling playdates from your desk? This is the place to quench your thirst for all things work/life related. Watercooler's editorial host is Jennifer Sey, the VP of global marketing for Dockers. She is joined by Vicki Larson, a journalist and single mom who writes at The OMG Chronicles Denise Berger, the global leader of the Women’s International Network (WIN) at Aon Corporation; and Kerry Rivera, a real mom from the "O.C." who is the Marketing and Advertising Manager for Toyota.

My Second-Born Spitfire.

Astrology, birth order theory, numerology. Not sure if I believe in any of these things, but in the absence of securing Super Nanny for a visit, I’m hoping these varying worlds will give me a glimmer of insight into my dear, but very strong-willed, second-born son. more

Who Wears the Pants?

Over the last ten years, Dockers Khakis, once imagined as an expression of Boomer individuality, have become synonymous with the soulless office cubicle and suburban capitulation. As the newly anointed marketing lead for Dockers, I’ve found this challenge squarely in my sphere of accountability. more

He’s my Ex, not my Facebook Friend.

Here’s how I’ve heard a good divorce should work: you and your former spouse approach co-parenting as a business arrangement. You both obviously have a vested interest in the product — that would be your kids — and so you each put equal time and energy into it while exchanging polite e-mails and phone calls to keep each other abreast of what’s happening with “the product.” more

Is it Time to Bid Farewell to the Crib?

This year I elected to take off two weeks from work in order to completely enjoy the holidays with my family. Christmas was wonderful, my two young boys had a blast opening gifts, and I absolutely love the downtime. more

Pain in the Foot.

My left ankle is a disaster. I knew it looked funny. Puffy and distended and misshapen. Bulbous on the left side. And the right. Sometimes even hot to the touch. It has been this way for about 20 years and I had gotten to the point where I didn't think about it too much. more

Beware of Dog.

With the holidays upon us, it’s a safe bet a number of kids will soon be asking Santa, Mom, Dad … anyone who will listen … for a pet. A new puppy, a cute kitten, a hamster – “I promise I’ll take care of it everyday! It’s the only thing I really want! Pleeeaaaasse!” more

You Can't Divorce Yourself from Work.

There was a period when my marriage turned upside down and I didn’t know which way it was going to land: back on the happily-ever-after track or in divorce court. So, I kept it close, only sharing the People-magazine-worthy details with one dear friend whom I trusted. more

One Job Loss, Two Households Devastated.

Money, sex and household chores — when it comes to marital fighting, that’s the perfect storm. So you’d think that once you get divorced, you’d be over and done with the bickering. And, you are — sort of. more

Volunteering at School? I Wish!

My eldest started Kindergarten this year, and I’m pleased to report the transition has been surprisingly smooth. He loves his school, has lots of new friends and speaks fondly of his teacher. But last week he asked me a question that got the mommy guilt swirling. “Mom, all of these other moms are helping out in my classroom – why don’t you come to my classroom to help?” more

Give me a Mentor, not a Coach.

The word “coach”, for me, is synonymous with tyrant. I know this is not true of all coaches. I've seen “Hoosiers”, I know coaches do good. But negative memes are stickier than positive ones. And my childhood experience with coaches is that their primary goal is to build a relationship with the athlete that is based on shame and humiliation in order to inspire performance. more