Hilary Levey Friedman, PhD is a Harvard sociologist and writer who studies childhood, competition, and beauty. In January 2012 she became a mother; she loves her son for many reasons, but especially because he lets her sleep through the night!
I’ll never forget the first roll call in fourth grade at the St. Fabian School.
“Levey, Hilary? [Pause] Really?!”
Yes, really. My father, who gifted me his last name, is clearly a Member of…the Tribe (Levite, natch). But my parents decided to baptize and raise me as a Roman Catholic, like my mother. I was a child interested in rituals and I loved weekly school mass when the priest wouldn’t just speak at us during his homily, but ask us questions. My hand was frequently up and I… >> Read More
Were you among the millions who tuned in to watch ABC's new primetime show
Bet on Your Baby
, which premiered earlier this month with 2.36 million viewers? This past Saturday the show…increased its audience by 17%, with 2.92 million viewers. But it's actually one show you shouldn't be watching. Bet on Your Baby is a game show with the vibe of a real-time America's Funniest Home Videos. Five families appear in each episode. The parents come out one after another to chat with comedian hostess Melissa… >> Read More
When I found out I was having a boy, I assumed he would look like his dad. My husband is the spitting image of his own father. On top of their physical resemblance, both are economics professors and…both ran cross-country in college. I never have to wonder what my husband will look like in 30 years--during any holiday celebration I only need to look over at my father-in-law. But when my son arrived, he looked like me. Instead of being bald like the baby pictures of his dad, he was born with… >> Read More
Parenting is full of euphemisms. It all starts with the "baby bump," then we get "nursing," followed by "fussy" and "number two."
I've now started using my own parenting euphemism: Sometimes I say…my son has a "babysitter" instead of a "nanny." At a recent event for families with young children at our synagogue I was chatting with another mom who has a young son. I'm still in the dating-new-mommy-friends phase (you know, trying out new friendships, wondering if the other mom really likes you, hoping she will… >> Read More
As he toweled off, my husband asked me, "How old do you think the youngest Floater ever was?"
My 8-month-old son, Carston, had just completed his first swim lesson as part of the Lenny…Krayzelburg Swim Academy (LKSA) at the JCC in Newton, Massachusetts. LKSA is a seven-level swimming program designed to teach kids to swim safely; it begins at level one, Splasher, continues on to Floater, then Kickers, and eventually ends with Flyers. I'd been motivated to sign my little splasher up for safety reasons and, honestly, because I'd… >> Read More