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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:

  • Apr 20 2012
    In Search of the Perfect Kosher Birthday Cake

    I don’t believe in eating just any dessert. I like to eat the best possible dessert. And now I turn my dessert-loving eye to our family’s next big cake-centric event, Lila’s first birthday.


  • Mar 22 2012
    My Baby Girl Wears Pink, So What?

    I wasn’t one of those people who wanted to wait until the day my baby was born to find out the gender. So the day Lila was born was exhilarating–and exhausting–but the birth drama never included the doctor’s calling out, … Continue reading


  • Feb 16 2012
    Strangers Getting Personal

    At this point, I have lost count of how many strangers–all women–have asked me about my next, theoretical baby.


  • Jan 5 2012
    Swooshing Vertical Blinds, Crinkling Paper, And Other Things My Daughter Taught Me

    The beauty of a new baby is the opportunity to be excited by swooshing vertical blinds and crinkling paper all over again. Everything thrills and deserves study, and if you’re lucky to have a teacher like my Lila, you find you can learn plenty.


  • Dec 7 2011
    It’s Amazing What Happens When You’re Nice to my Kid

    “If someone is nice to your child, you can forgive a lot,” my mother has commented. Seven months into motherhood, I consider that the ultimate truism.


  • Dec 1 2011
    No Apologies

    Not apologizing is a survival skill in the jungle of early motherhood, learning to let go of all that you cannot control (which is most things).


  • Nov 17 2011
    Mothers Make the Best Hires

    In honor of all those currently doing the world’s hardest job, I offer a list of reasons why mothers make the best hires.


  • Oct 11 2011
    In Hansel and Gretel’s Oven

    Hot flashes are Mother Nature’s catty epilogue to pregnancy. And all I want to know is, Why? Hasn’t she messed enough with me and my body? When I began telling people I was pregnant last year, women kept warning me … Continue reading


  • Sep 12 2011
    First Time Out to a Restaurant Post Baby. How Do Breastfeeding Moms Do It?

    Back when we were newlyweds–three long years ago–life was simple. If we wanted to go out for dinner, the only question was where we would dine. Fast forward to this spring. Our duo transformed into a trio. The husband and … Continue reading


  • Aug 15 2011
    Fearless While Flying

    You learn a lot about a person when you travel with her. My newborn is no exception to that rule. On a recent weekend, my new family flew from Boston to Washington to hunt for a new home, in advance … Continue reading


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