Rea Bochner is a writer, musician, mother of five, and once, a kids’ yoga instructor whose class was sabotaged by her own children. She is the author of “The Cape House,” a memoir that takes place during the last six weeks of her mother’s life. Visit her at http://reabochner.com.
This Sunday is Mother’s Day, the day America is called to bust out the credit card in the name of Mom. For most, it is a day for connection and warm memory-making, but for those whose mothers are…no longer with them—or not in their lives— Mother’s Day can make the pain extra sharp. If you've lost a mother, here are some ways to cope on Mother’s Day: 1. Practice self-care. Sleep in. Go on a hike. Eat a nice meal. Treat yourself to a massage. Do things that bring you comfort and… >> Read More
It’s been a hell of a year for me and my kids.
My oldest was recently given a diagnosis on the Autism spectrum—not a surprise, but a confirmation of something we’d long suspected. We skated…by without the official stamp for as long as we could, because my son is also gifted and was coasting academically. But third grade came at him like a car with no brakes; his peers had recalibrated socially overnight, and he was suddenly required to use organizational skills he’d never mastered. Frustrated, he’s been sitting… >> Read More
Every year, come Oscar Night, I could always be found on my living room couch, sandwiched between my younger sister and my mother. For us, the cliché that Academy Awards was like our Super Bowl was…true — as I was unabashedly obsessed with film and celebrity, and my sister enamored with the gowns. My mother, meanwhile, liked to pretend that she was doing us a favor by joining us. “I don’t know who half these people are,” she would say, like she was above celebrity culture. This was a big,… >> Read More