Author Archive | Meg

My Motherhood Ideal: From Mary Poppins to Ms. Hannigan

Stuck home alone one night with a 9-year-old, a 5-year-old and toddler twins, I desperately turned on a movie for the older kids so I could take care of my babies. Once they were asleep, I sat down to watch Annie again for the first time in years. In the middle of the movie, my […]


A Reprieve for the Guilty Working Moms

“You didn’t come, Mom,” she wailed. “You were the ONLY MOM who wasn’t there!” I had no idea what my 6-year-old was talking about when I picked her up that day from school, but her distress was enough to make me start crying. Apparently I had missed her school scout troop’s picnic in the park, […]


10 Things About Twin Toddlers

Now that I have finally (!) emerged from the fog of twin newborns, we’re into the next stage of babyhood — toddlers! I’d be lying if I said this was any easier than newborn twins, but it’s hard in a different way, as all phases of childhood are turning out to be. So here are my 10 […]


Moms Doing More in the 904: Jennifer Chapman, Public Affairs at Mayo Clinic

If you haven’t already met Jennifer Chapman in person, you’ve probably seen her name. Maybe you’ve worked with her on a board at Leadership Jacksonville, sat with her on a committee for the Junior League of Jacksonville, or volunteered with her at Junior Achievement of Florida. Maybe you’ve purchased something from one of her startups, […]


A Working Mom’s Gift at the End of Every Day

You know how this goes: You park, check your email and texts one last time, respond to something that’s happened in the 15 minutes since you left your desk, and calendar something else. Then you put the phone down. You shake off the day, the office — including frustrations and setbacks, any lingering bad feeling […]


I’m a Better Mom Because I Work

During most of the time I’ve had children, I have worked in an office. Depending on our lives through the years, sometimes this even has been necessary for our family, and I was really thankful I had my job. But if I’m being really honest, I know I’m a better mom because I work. I […]


A Little Secret for Working Moms

Working moms have two jobs — the one that pays them, and the one they love more than life. And there are so many times these two jobs are at odds with each other, are pitted against each other, suck time and energy from each other, and pull a working mom in too many directions […]