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The summer before she entered first grade, my oldest daughter asked me when she was going to go to sleep away camp. I was stunned. She was too young and why the heck would she ever want to leave us,…her family? I blew the question off until the next summer, when the topic came up again. But the following summer, some of her friends going into third grade were headed to camp and she was more insistent that she would like to go too. So, in an effort to familiarize ourselves with what was… >> Read More
You send your children off to summer camp hoping they’ll make friends, learn new skills, and have a wonderful, carefree experience. And most of the time, they return tanned, happy, and loaded with…stories about good friends you’ve never met. But what’s a parent to do when something terrible happens to another child at the camp? Whether there’s been a serious or fatal illness or an accident—which happens. What should a caring, responsible parent do? All of this became far more real for my own family and community… >> Read More
Back when my husband and I first bought our house, we had a vision for what it would look like: two kids' rooms, a beautifully appointed guest room, and a living room with modest furniture and…decor. We set up the guest room right away, but the two kids' rooms remained empty for quite some time. Meanwhile, our dining room featured antique furniture inherited from my husband's grandmother, which we often adorned with candlesticks as we dined, sipped wine, and dreamt out loud about our future. Right off our living room… >> Read More
Though my now 2-year-old twin daughters amazed me back in the day by pretty much never napping before their 1st birthday, once they turned one, something shifted, and magically, they began taking a…solid 90-minute nap smack in the middle of the day. This was something to celebrate for a number of reasons. First, it meant having less cranky kids in the evening, but just as importantly, it gave me a small window of time to do the things I needed to do to function as a human.… >> Read More
Every summer, I see my dead parents walking on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. I cannot figure out why the apparition happens here, and not in so many other familiar places: at synagogue. At Costco. At…my kid’s college graduations. But there they are, smiling, hand in hand, in all their glory, even though it has been many years since they walked anywhere together. The sun, beating down hard and furious causes me to blink and then squint, trying to make out their faces in the distance. Maybe it’s not them.… >> Read More