Happy 2019! It's that time again, the second in four months... resolution time. I write this with a smile, because as any mother out there knows, we’re always trying our best and making adjustments…as we go along. No need to wait for the New Year, you know. But since it is the start of a new year, I think the time has come for all of us to be a bit kinder. Sure, we could always do more community service or offer to watch our friend’s kids, get… >> Read More
Tantrums can be mortifying for us as parents, especially when they happen in public. And why do they always seem to happen when you're pressed to get out of the house? Sometimes, it feels like the…tantrum came out of nowhere, or like anything you do just further escalates everyone's emotions. Parenting moments like these make you wish you had some kind of parenting hotline to call for help. And while we can't provide you that, we do have the next best thing: some truly top-notch expert advice. Back in November,… >> Read More
We all know the classic “New Year, New You!” tropes: As January 1 draws near, we are finally going to lose weight, save money, get organized, and so on. Before long, the New Year’s Resolutions…pile up like so much laundry. But some of these typical resolutions, thinly disguised as self care, serve the patriarchy more than they serve us. For example, a focus on weight loss doesn’t reliably make healthier bodies, but it does reliably contribute to poor self-esteem. Goals that prioritize money or materialism are connected to decreased… >> Read More
I am often on the receiving end of unsolicited advice. Could it be because I look frantic all the time? Is it because I run on “Leah time” — consistently late but for an ever-changing but…legitimate reason? Or is it simply because I perpetually look like I have no idea what I’m doing, where I’m going, and for what purpose? Even before I became a mom, I was known for — OK, more like infamous for — being one of those people who didn’t even pretend to have her act together.… >> Read More
Yesterday, when I picked my daughter up from her afterschool program, she said, "Oof. It's you."
I said, "Wow, that really hurts my feelings, and makes me feel very small."
She tossed her long…brown hair and said, "Whatever." I told her again, “That really hurts my feelings and makes me sad.” We all have different ways of being with our kids. Many parents hide their feelings to protect their children. I don’t. One afternoon, my kids were being so awful that I just sat down in the middle… >> Read More