Nov 18 2011
When Mom Is Too Sick To Be Mom
So how do you mother when it feels like 10 zillion knives are stabbing you in the chest and back every time you breathe? How do you get it across to an almost-2-year-old that Mommy needs a time out?
Oct 5 2011
Is it Too Hard to Fast with a Baby?
Shana tova! Now that we are stuffed silly with apples and honey, it’s time to push through that sugar high and think somber as we prepare for the Yom Kippur fast. I’m not the most observant Jew who has ever … Continue reading
Sep 15 2011
Fashion and Moms: Can They Go Together?
As I mentioned, I was in Dallas for a bar and bat mitzvah this past weekend. Besides comparing the ceremonies and parties of now to those of then (as in, 20 years ago, when I was 13), I realized something … Continue reading
Sep 14 2011
Back on the Bar Mitzvah Circuit
The last time I attended a bar or bat mitzvah celebration, the deejay blasted “Ice, Ice Baby” in between “The Electric Slide” and “Hava Nagila,” and my friends and I raced around the party collecting materials to make a memory … Continue reading
Sep 6 2011
Vacation is Over, Getting Your Kids To Eat Well Again
I got back Saturday from five days on the beach in Cape May, N.J. (It should have been a week’s vacation; I’m looking at you, Hurricane Irene.) And instead of feeling rejuvenated, I’m nursing a stomach sick from eating ice … Continue reading
Aug 29 2011
The Missed Nap
The importance of napping to toddlers is well-documented. It gives their growing bodies a rest and chance to recharge. And that’s pretty much why naps are important to parents, too. Not naps for parents. Naps for their toddlers. When the … Continue reading
Aug 19 2011
Do “Stay-At-Home” Moms Work More?
I took a night off from doing the dishes once before, a few months ago. When I told my mom about my joy over not putting sponge to ceramic, she said, “But didn’t Scott work all day?” She was referring … Continue reading
Aug 17 2011
Being A Parent Means Being Nicer
I like to think I have nice friends. But lately I’ve noticed that people I knew before they had kids are different as parents. They’re nicer. And a lot more tired. During a recent visit to my hometown, I got … Continue reading
Aug 12 2011
Stop Touching My Kid
It starts with a pregnant belly. Something about the protrusion leads people to think it’s OK to pat total strangers. And it doesn’t stop once the kid is externally perched. I’ve experienced several uninvited hand-to-baby contact incidents in the 20 … Continue reading
Aug 10 2011
Yikes! I’m Sending My Daughter to Preschool
Picture this: It’s drop-off time on the first day of preschool. There’s all sorts of kicking and screaming, outstretched arms and wails of “No!” And that’s just what I’ll be doing in a few weeks. When my husband returned to … Continue reading