Sep 20

SuperMom is a collaboration of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers + WBA Mothers’ Forum.

Babies don’t care if you’re a lawyer. And unfortunately, some of your clients and all of your deadlines don’t care if you’re a mom.

On the bright side, at some point your kids might develop some appreciation for your profession. Until that happens, simultaneously fulfilling two demanding roles won’t be easy. But there will be help. Continue reading »

Sep 07

The fear of failure is often at the heart of perfectionism. The idea of failure has such a powerful effect on so many of us. We hear messages from multiple sources about the importance of success, the perils of failure, and how failure can taint any accomplishment that one has worked hard to achieve. The more someone fears failure, the more likely they are to avoid trying something that they find challenging. This limits learning and the possibility of achieving something great. Obviously, without risk there can be no reward. So logically we know that we must risk failure to achieve success. I’ll take it further than that: We need failure (yes, failure) in order to achieve success. Continue reading »

Jul 26

Given the regular occurrence of tragedy in the news, it is not uncommon to fluctuate between feeling numb to tragic news and feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. The Franciscan friar, Richard Rohr aptly states that “If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it.” Emotional pain is one of those experiences that can influence people to react in as many different ways as you can imagine (from productive to destructive). Grieving and enduring emotional pain (disappointment, rejection, sadness, etc.) is an important emotional experience. Despite the desire to avoid or minimize emotional pain, it is often the expression of pain that strengthens relationships and social support. Continue reading »

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