Dear Chelsea, I want to start by telling you how sorry I am that your mom was unable to realize her dream Tuesday night to become the first woman in our nation to become the president of the United States. As millions of women, I am shocked, saddened and dismayed by the outcome of the election but I thought I would take the time to tell you that as your mom's daughter, the fight will never end. It has only just begun.
Posted on 11/10/2016 | Continue Reading
I had an epiphany last night while watching Chelsea Clinton deliver a heartfelt introductory speech about her mom, Hillary Rodham Clinton. As the child of a working mother who took on various roles in her career as an eductor from the time I was five until adulthood, I started to really think about Chelsea's personal stories about her mom and how they seemed to parallel my own life. While my mom never logged close to a million miles as Secretary of State, she did accomplish some amazing things in her career. Here's a list of 10 things my amazing mom Lenore Stoller has in common with the person who might become our next female president.
Posted on 07/29/2016 | Continue Reading
More than a decade ago, I dreamt up the concept behind Role Mommy. With two little kids in tow, I was determined to find a way to achieve success in my career without it taking a toll on my family....
Posted on 03/20/2016 | Continue Reading
Guest Post by Entrepreneur, Fashion Designer, Wife and Role Mommy, Kelsey MacLean It was a beautiful late August summer day, and I took my 3 year old son to the park. He went running straight for a very tall climbing...
Posted on 03/14/2016 | Continue Reading
Being a mom is THE hardest job in the world. As a mom, you put your life on hold so that you can care for your child. Maybe you stop working to be a stay-at-home mom, or maybe you stop...
Posted on 05/23/2015 | Continue Reading
I've known Beth for many years now, and some of my fondest memories blogging are because of her and/or her role as the owner of Role Mommy. And yet she's another virtual friend who I have yet to meet in person. While I attended many exclusive live events and gained from online opportunities, Beth and I connected more deeply because we both have PR (public relations) background and we're writers (authors) at heart. Beth was actually instrumental in my getting featured on Fox News during the first months transitioning out of business blogging and into mom blogging.
Posted on 04/08/2015 | Continue Reading
Truth be told - my husband and I have not had a romantic weekend without our kids in a very long time. Between work, our kids, school, finances and our dog, we don't get much anymore. So when the PR team from the Carlton offered me the chance to take my hubby with me for a special night out on the town, I jumped at the chance.
Posted on 02/23/2015 | Continue Reading
In the last of three twitter chats, serial entrepreneur and Avon ambassador Jen Groover shared her insights on how to achieve professional fulfillment in your career. One thing that rang true for me was that the only way to truly find fulfillment in your career was to do what you love and not get bogged down by minutia. Lately, that's what I have been experiencing in my business and every time I let a tough client get to me, I wind up questioning why I decided to pursue a career in public relations.
Posted on 01/23/2015 | Continue Reading
This past week, I participated in the second of three lunchtime twitter chats with serial entrepreneur and author, Jen Groover. Jen is the creator of the wildly successful Butler Bag and is a motivational speaker who works closely with Avon to inspire small business owners to pursue their passion no matter the obstacles.
Posted on 12/19/2014 | Continue Reading
There's nothing like taking a quick break at lunch so you can connect with like minded women who are working as hard as you are to find success as a small business owner. That's exactly what I did last week when I got the chance to participate in a Twitter chat with super successful entrepreneur Jen Groover and the team at Avon.
Posted on 11/23/2014 | Continue Reading
Today kicks off National School Lunch Week! Created by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, National School Lunch Week is a weeklong celebration of the school lunch program. School Nutrition Association members celebrate in their cafeterias every year with decorations, special menus, events and more. The 2014 theme is "Get in the Game with School Lunch." It's about encouraging kids to find a balance between healthy eating and physical activity. This year's theme recognizes the importance of eating well and getting active!
Posted on 10/09/2014 | Continue Reading
There's something about having friends from your childhood that instantly make you feel 15 again the moment you hear from them. That's what it's like for the group of girls who have been in my life since high school. We've been there for one another through the ups and downs of each of our lives and I feel lucky to know that no matter where we are, something always brings us back together.
Posted on 09/29/2014 | Continue Reading
Many parents in this country are obsessed with their children's nutrition, and rightfully so! We know the sad statistics about childhood obesity being on the rise. Speaking for myself, I want my kids to have a well balanced diet and be active so they stay fit. Since school started this year, I decided to stop feeding my kids a sugary breakfast so I give them a hard boiled egg, banana and cereal high in fiber and protein. I want to make sure their brains are sharp, ready to learn and keep them full until lunch. Speaking of lunch, school lunch plays an essential role in our kid's lives and I think parents and educators need know what is going on in our school cafeterias.
Posted on 09/11/2014 | Continue Reading
Last week the School Nutrition Association held their Annual National Conference in Boston, MA. I was lucky enough to attend the conference where I met so many amazing people and learned a ton about providing schools with healthy food. Who knew how much actually goes into getting healthier foods into our kid's schools AND trying to figure out how to educate them to eat it! So many kids across the country are not exposed to different fruits and vegetables at home. It's great to have healthy food in the schools, but we also don't want to waste it - we want the kids to eat and enjoy it!
Posted on 07/21/2014 | Continue Reading
When my son was born and I was averaging 45 minute-intervals of sleep, my daughter quietly noted: "Daddies go to work, but Mommies stay at home!" I turned bright feminist-red, forgetting for an instant that my daughter was only four, and delivered my rather weak retort: "Did you know, pumpkin, that there are Mommies who go to work just like daddies?" She smiled and said: "But YOU, thank God, are not one of them!"
Posted on 06/07/2014 | Continue Reading
UNPLUG! It's a simple and beautiful (and perhaps elusive) concept that is becoming a big fixture of conversation for us lately. One of the most commonly asked questions and discussions we engage parents in about sleepaway camp is - what is the electronics policy? And of course it is. In a world where we are totally and pretty much unavoidably immersed in technology, parents want to know what happens during summertime at camp.
Posted on 05/16/2014 | Continue Reading
As moms across the world get ready to celebrate Mother's Day, I have to say that as a daughter, I am truly lucky. You see, I've been blessed to have the most supportive mom one could ever have in her life. My mom, Lenore Stoller has been my biggest cheerleader throughout my life.
Posted on 05/09/2014 | Continue Reading
Mother's Day is this Sunday and maybe you will be spending the day with your mom or your kids and if you're a mom, hopefully you are getting pampered. I personally love getting my breakfast in bed, homemade cards and maybe even a little gift. A staggering $18 billion is spent annually in the United States on Mother's Day celebrations on things such as flowers, cards and meals. Given the number of women and children suffering globally, and here at home, a group of moms felt it was time to rethink Mother's Day giving priorities.
Posted on 05/05/2014 | Continue Reading
Role Mommy Q & A with the authors of "The Confidence Code" Katty Kay & Claire Shipman Why were you inspired to write " The Confidence Code"? It really grew out of our work on our book Womenomics. We'd noticed, in our reporting, that many of the extremely successful women we would interview would often express a certain hesitation about their abilities. They might laughingly confess they didn't know how they'd achieved what they had - or suggest they weren't sure they were really qualified. Since we'd often felt that way ourselves we understood it, but when we kept hearing it, we thought it was worth digging into. And, in fact, we found out that what had always seemed to be harmless or "natural" feelings, were in fact a manifestation of a widespread lack of confidence.
Posted on 04/16/2014 | Continue Reading
I was 29 years old the first time I tried mac and cheese. It happened in the cafeteria at CBS News headquarters in New York where I was a producer in the local newsroom. The salad bar was typically more my speed, but that day, as I gave a passing glanced at the breadcrumb crusted lunch special, I mentioned to a colleague that I had never tried the all American staple. She nearly dropped her tray. And you call yourself American? She shook her head and waved a forkful of the orange hued elbows towards me.
Posted on 03/25/2014 | Continue Reading
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11/18/2013: Peer Pressure Impacts Parents Too
09/08/2013: WHY ME TIME IS OK
07/23/2013: The Talk Exclusive: Kelly Osbourne Engaged!
04/28/2013: Unplugging has Helped My Family Re-connect
04/10/2013: The Acceptance Letter
04/02/2013: "Rich or Poor, It's Good to Have Money"
10/24/2012: Catching up with the Ladies of "The Talk"
06/22/2012: An Inspirational Lunch with Debbie Phelps
05/10/2012: Happy Mother's Day from Role Mommy