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About: Melissa Langsam Braunstein
Full Name Melissa Langsam Braunstein
Melissa Langsam Braunstein
Melissa Langsam Braunstein, a former U.S. Department of State speechwriter, is now a freelance writer. She writes primarily about parenting and pop culture for a variety of publications, including Acculturated, where she is a Staff Writer. She shares her writing at and tweets as @slowhoneybee. Melissa lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and delightful daughter.

Posts by Melissa Langsam Braunstein:

  • Jul 14 2014
    The Strange Things Strangers Say To Pregnant Women

    With this pregnancy, as with my first, I’ve found that there is no need to wonder what strangers are thinking. They regularly share their thoughts unprompted, those thoughts are often rather strange, and they are typically about three things: size, … Continue reading


  • Jun 10 2014
    10 Ways the Second Pregnancy is Different Than the First

    Pregnancy is a great divide. My mothering life bears little resemblance to my pre-pregnancy life. But my second go-round is reshaping my thoughts about pregnancy. Being pregnant while parenting a toddler is so much harder. Now wiser, I offer 10 … Continue reading


  • Aug 30 2013
    Rosh Hashanah Resolution: A Wish for the Community

    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 Melissa Braunstein. For 5774, I resolve to be better about going to bed early and always … Continue reading


  • Aug 13 2013
    Sudden Separation

    Certain memories stick with you. Three decades later, my mother recalls the first time she spent a night away from me; she was hospitalized while pregnant with my sister. I fear that when Lila is my age, I too will … Continue reading


  • Jun 21 2013
    Friday Night: Repairing the World Means Helping People

    Joining PJ Library is one of the best things we’ve done as parents. Every month a new Jewish book arrives at our home and Lila learns about a Jewish holiday or concept through a story that’s meaningful to her. Several PJ … Continue reading


  • Apr 18 2013
    More from the Annals of Toddleritis

    I was totally feeling Jordana’s piece on Toddleritis. New York Times columnist Frank Bruni’s recent parenting critique? Not so much. The childless Bruni considers modern parenting too indulgent and democratic. His self-described parenting credential is being Uncle Frank, but the … Continue reading


  • Apr 15 2013
    Confronting My Fear of Driving for My Daughter

    It’s a bit embarrassing. I didn’t even tell my friends. But now that it’s over, I confess: my new year’s resolution for 2013 was to take driving lessons. Yes, I already had a driver’s license. I’ve had a license since … Continue reading


  • Mar 13 2013
    Learning to Share All My Food with My Daughter

    I understood Joey Tribbiani. When I was single, I wouldn’t have liked a date who took my french fries either. I’ve always been particular about my food. But my understanding of food–its meaning and purpose–has also evolved somewhat over time. … Continue reading


  • Jan 8 2013
    My Toddler And I Had Our First Fight

    Every duo fights. It’s inevitable, especially when you’re always together. Until recently, Lila and I have had a pacific relationship. But increasingly, I’m interacting with a rapidly evolving and independent little person. This is wonderful overall, but Lila is less … Continue reading


  • Dec 7 2012
    Testing Out the Intermarriage Waters

    It didn’t sting this time. Watching Meet the Parents, that is. I watched part of it with my husband and father-in-law after Thanksgiving dinner, and it’s actually a pretty funny movie. I first saw it in a Texas theater 12 … Continue reading


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