I am absolutely mortified and disgusted with United Airlines’ behavior on our recent flight from Paris to San Francisco. At Charles De Gaulle airport, the UA gate agents told me my 19-month-old son was not allowed in First Class with me because he had ticket for a different class. Apparently, NO ONE is allowed in First Class without a First Class ticket, not even an infant traveling with his mother and should be sitting in her lap. No, I am not joking. This just happened to me. United Airlines told me that my son would have to sit in Coach…alone.

If you want to feel more in control, more empowered, happier and less stressed in all your relationships setting clear boundaries is a good way to do that.

I’ve worked hard on setting healthy boundaries with family and friends. It was challenging when I first moved away from home, my family had a difficult time letting me go, as I did them. We called each other insentiently, my parents wanted to include me in every family problem that needed to be solved and I wanted to know everything I was missing. It took a significant amount of time to realize…

Why I Don’t Network (And Why You Shouldn’t Either)

Who are you? What do you do? Where are you from?

These questions are staples of the job networking circuit — and why I hate the practice. In fact, I don’t believe in the concept at all. Rather than bringing together like-minded professionals, networking is actually an insincere — and ineffective strategy — for making a connection with another human being.

Ambitious careerists often define networking as collecting business cards and making “contacts.” But this reduces others to the company and/or people they are aligned with or work for.

Purposeful relationship…

Mira Veda

Entrepreneur, mother and founder of Lipstick & Politics.

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