If you haven't seen the show "13 Reasons Why," you've probably seen the backlash and controversy about it on social media. I hadn't watched it until I began to see people on my Facebook and Twitter…feeds talk about it--and because of that, I decided to binge-watch it (that's what I do normally anyway). The Netflix show is a 13-episode TV drama based on Jay Asher’s young-adult bestseller about Hannah Baker, a high school student who kills herself, but leaves behind audiotapes detailing her death. In each tape, she blames her suicide on one of… >> Read More
For the first five and a half years, my daughter, Gabby, was deeply attached to me. Anymore attached, the kid would have been back inside my womb. It was an intense kind of need that made any kind of…separation from me more dramatic than a Shakespearian play, and usually left both of us in tears; her from a fear of never seeing me again, and me from a powerful feeling of guilt and helplessness. I remember one incident, when she was 4, and she had a sleepover with another girl. Because I am… >> Read More
I have Passover Anxiety. It is real. And it is spectacular.
It starts around the end of Purim, to be honest, but now, a week before the first seder, it kicks into overdrive.
Every year, I find…my anxiety evolves. Here are some of its usual focal points, and how I cope with them. 1. Food issues. As a younger, less-jaded mother, I used to get beyond stressed out about whether my toddlers would starve to death over Passover. I have had years upon years of toddlers at this point. Inevitably, in that age… >> Read More
My youngest daughter was about to turn 5 and days before her birthday, I still had no plans. I searched for ideas online, hoping to find something that would be quick and easy to plan, and found a…website that offered pony parties. The ponies could even show up dressed as unicorns. My daughter loves everything magical. A unicorn in the front yard would make her wild with joy. Feeling tight on time, I booked a pony party online and made a list of last minute errands for a busy weekend. My 8-year-old… >> Read More
I was in my favorite high intensity interval class, having just completed a set of jumping jacks, when I felt it, a strange tightness in my chest. I breathed deeply, trying to work through it, but it…only sharpened the pain. Instinctively, I was more annoyed than concerned. I needed this discomfort to go away. There were only 10 seconds until burpees. We’ve all heard those stories about the person who didn’t know they were pregnant until they were about to deliver — and we've reacted with the same, “Please! How didn’t… >> Read More