6 Tips for Coping with Sandwich Generation Stress

The Sandwich Generation, a term coined by social worker Dorothy Miller in 1981, describes people, usually women, in their 30's, 40's and 50's who are primary caregivers to both their children and their aging parents. Miller recognized the stress involved in being ‘sandwiched’ between the generations on either side of theirs, both of which require family care. The American Psychological Association reported that almost 40% of people ages 35 to 54 years old said they Read More >

5 Modern Day Activities that Waste Time

Today's modern age is filled with activities and opportunities to waste time. Learning to pick out those time-wasters can make it significantly easier to avoid them, and that means time spent on the activities that really matter. Here are some of my top time-wasting activities: 1. Virtual Socialization On the train heading into Boston recently, the seven people sitting around me all had their faces glued to their smartphones. One of them even appeared to be Read More >

Thankful for Thankfulness

As we enter the season of good cheer and giving, let us focus some time on family, friends, and each other. Thanksgiving serves as a good starting point to reflect on life’s abundant blessings. What are you thankful for? Like many of you, being thankful for family, friends, food and shelter is good enough. Lately, however, I have been reflecting on that question quite a bit more deeply. I have every reason to be; several times this year, life seemed to throw one Read More >

Five Ways to Save Time and Money at Dinnertime

This week's guest post is written by Martha Ruch: There's a big misconception about the cost of eating a healthy, whole-foods-based diet. You see, it's not only about the price of the food; it's also the fact that so much is purchased and then not used. Think about your last big grocery shopping trip, the one where you stocked up on fresh vegetables, a boatload of fruit, and each family member's favorite dinner ingredients. Did you end up cooking and eating it all? Read More >

Are You Living, or Just Getting By?

Not too long ago, I had one of those mornings. Sitting in the car, I was in a sour mood. Rush-hour traffic was crawling at a snail’s pace and to make matters worse, a train looped around into the station and parked itself in front of all the cars stopped at a traffic light. Traffic was at a halt an additional few minutes longer, which felt like an infinity. Later as I proceeded to make a left turn, cars in the opposite direction inched unbearably closer to my lane and Read More >

Preparing You and Your Family for the Back-to-School Season

As summer fun winds to close, busy families will begin to shift their focus to prepare for the upcoming school year. Balancing work and family can be daunting; leaving you wondering how you will manage getting the kids to-and-from sports and music activities, run errands and still get everyone together for dinner at the table. With careful planning, and these helpful tips, you can get your family off to a more peaceful and productive start this year: Take Inventory: Read More >

5 Life Lessons Learned from a Personal Tragedy

Feeling exhilarated and exhausted, I sat in my car after having just completed a ten-mile charity walk around the Charles River when I got the dreaded phone call. “Our cousin in New York City? He just passed away.” What? Say that again? How? Did I just hear that? But I just saw him two weeks ago! Is this a joke? Unexpectedly and suddenly, one of my cousins passed away alone in his Brooklyn apartment. No one will ever know the events that led up to that fateful Read More >

A Boston Personal Assistant’s Story: Sewing Project Help in the Back Bay

A busy stay-home mother of two school-aged children living in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston reached out to me recently in need of help with sewing name labels onto her daughters’ summer camp clothing and belongings. The client said she had hired a seamstress last year to do a similar task, but she eventually was not happy with the outcome. The client mentioned that one of her daughters had a store-bought sewing machine that I could use from her home. When we later Read More >

Is Technology making Life Easier?

This week's guest blog piece is written by Katharine Giovanni: I grew up in the 1960's and 70's when there were no computers or smart phones. There were no microwaves, no IPads or Kindles, no SKYPE, no Internet, and there were only about 7 good stations on television. We didn't stay home and play video games all day because there were no video games to speak of back then. We played outside, talked to our friends on the phone, and listened to music. I remember telling Read More >

The Fine Art of Work-Life Balance

Balancing a healthy, enriching lifestyle with the pressures of the workplace is typically a topic on the minds of many people. An ambitious lifestyle is associated with success in our society, and it is not uncommon to feel peer pressure to accomplish a great deal in a short amount of time. Sticking to a strict schedule for work, family, play and exercise is one way to keep up with the pressures of everyday life. However, there are many variables and life changes that Read More >