Jackie is the mommy of almost-3-year-old twins living on Long Island and is an active member of the Nassau County Mothers of Twins Club. In her other life, she works as a scientist doing cancer research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and teaching at local colleges.
Our first family vacation was both a huge success and a total failure.
Our twins are almost 4 years old, and our destination was Pennsylvania. We planned to visit Dutch Wonderland and the Please…Touch museum—both destinations were highly recommended by friends whose kids are also almost 4 years old. We arrived at our hotel in Lancaster at about 2:30 Sunday afternoon. We were thrilled to see that our hotel was literally ACROSS THE STREET from Dutch Wonderland. Perfect! Our tickets allowed us to enter Dutch Wonderland after 5:30… >> Read More
I sympathize with the recent article “10 Absurd Reasons My Toddler is Freaking Out.” To my 35-year-old brain, wearing the white Minnie Mouse shirt instead of the grey Minnie Mouse shirt doesn’t…seem like that big of a deal--but to my 3-year-old, it’s a major crisis worthy of a complete meltdown. While I may not see it as important, it’s clearly important to her. >> Read More
I am not going to fast on Yom Kippur.
There, I’ve said it publicly and that means I have to do it.
I want to fast, however I haven’t been allowed to fast since 1998 when I was hospitalized…for anorexia nervosa. That year I remember eagerly awaiting Yom Kippur, because I knew I would be able to not eat anything for 24 hours and for once no one would give me a hard time about it. However, a few days before Yom Kippur, my friends helped me realize I had a problem with… >> Read More
I’m a relatively fit person. I’m far from an Olympic athlete, but I do the best I can to stay healthy and in shape. I’m also the working mother of almost 3-year-old twins, so when I’m not…at work I want to be with my children (not at the gym). My friends often ask me how I manage to stay in shape. My answer? I turn playtime into exercise time. When my twins were babies, I’d lay them on their backs and get into a plank position with my face above theirs… >> Read More
“Why didn’t anyone DO SOMETHING?!”
I remember sitting in Hebrew School learning about the Holocaust for the first time. While I was in shock at what humans were capable of doing to other…humans, I was almost more angry at my grandparents and other Americans--how could they just sit at home and let this happen for years before entering the war? Now 25 years later, I am in my grandparents’ shoes. I see 200 schoolgirls get kidnapped in Nigeria. I see unimaginable violence in Iraq and Syria. And… >> Read More
I love my body.
I still am amazed that I can write those words and mean them.
Like many of us, I worried about my weight. However, my normal worry slowly turned into an unhealthy obsession. When I…went to college, my goal didn’t involve doing well in my classes or making friends--my goal was to not gain the “Freshman 15.” I was proud if I could get through the day eating less than I did the day before. I felt a huge sense of accomplishment when I was able to resist the… >> Read More