Over at Today Moms there is a story on minimalist mom who “spends nothing on her baby or her toddler.”
British blogger Hattie Garlick instituted a spending freeze on all kid-related items last…year after losing her job. Now she says she enjoyed it so much that she is carrying on the plan this year, with a monthly “get out of jail for free” card. (She doesn’t mention how much one is allowed to buy with this card.) I think we can all agree that as a culture… >> Read More
New York Magazine recently had a story asking “Is Ethical Parenting Possible?” Their answer, in short: No. Well, not if you ever want your kid to be somebody, and everyone wants their kids…to be somebody, so, well, no. A few bon mots from the story’s author, Lisa Miller: “Parenthood, like war, is a state in which it’s impossible to be moral.” “Every hour, it seems, a parent is given the opportunity to choose between her child and a greater good, and in those moments the primal parental… >> Read More
I was so excited for high holidays services this year. Seriously. Like, I couldn’t wait.
Rosh Hashanah was going to be the first time since the birth of my 11-month-old when I could just sit and…live exclusively in my mind for three hours straight. It was going to be all about me. My thoughts, my feelings, my regrets, my needs, my disappointments, my truths, my longings--my prayers. Three solid hours of me, me, me. And it didn’t disappoint. Through the repetition of liturgy, music, the standing ups and the sitting… >> Read More
To gear up for the High Holidays this year, we’re asking our writers and readers for their Rosh Hashanah Resolution. Here’s one from our writer Elissa Strauss.
Most years I sit back and…consider all the things I can do better, you know, as the tradition goes. But this year I am thinking of trying to do good things, more often. Specifically, I would like to make a point of making sure I let the people who I love and admire know it more often. I know this… >> Read More
Like probably every mom ever, the arrival of my first child came along with the realization of just how many things I don’t know. One of these was lyrics to lullabies..
During pregnancy I…was working on the assumption that I would be able to sing at least a couple lullabies nearly in-full. Instead, as I discovered after I gave birth, I could barely make it to, let alone past, verse two for most of them. Considering this is a time in life when most of us barely have… >> Read More
My eyes were ready to take a giant lap around my forehead when I saw this headline in today's New York Times style section: "Mommy Blog or a Glossy Fashion Magazine?"
I took a sip of my breakfast…tea and prepared myself for a delicious hate-read of the story in which, I imagined, shiny-haired socialites would talk about their $3000 diaper bags and which pieces work best on their postpartum "cleansed" (starved) bodies. Instead, I found that I liked what these fashionable mamas had to say. Julia Restoin Roitfeld, daughter of former French… >> Read More