Summer is known for being a lazy, carefree time — but for anxious moms like me, summer can be seriously scary. There’s a host of hidden dangers to worry about, from sunburn to tick bites to…water accidents. During the school year, I'm a pretty laid-back mom — I figure not much can go wrong when my kids spend most of their time in a single building surrounded by kind adults whose jobs are to see to their well-being. But my overprotective instincts come out in full force over the summer.… >> Read More
Recently, at a meeting, a colleague’s cell phone rang. He looked at his screen and went pale. “It’s the school,” he muttered and bolted out of the conference room.
As a mom, I know that…feeling all too well — hearing your phone ring and seeing the name of your child’s school as the caller is one of the most frightening parental moments. The time it takes you to pick up the phone and say hello may be the longest three seconds of your life. “Do I need a plastic… >> Read More
Over the past few years, more and more awareness has been raised about postpartum depression — which is amazing.
But often times, moms with babies in the NICU are often sidelined in these…discussions. Apparently, some 70 percent of moms whose babies spend time in the NICU have signs of depression — and yet many don't receive treatment. In general, about 11 percent of U.S. moms suffer from symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD). NICU moms, unsurprisingly, suffer from postpartum mood issues at higher rates, according to a paper published at International Journal… >> Read More
My family and I recently moved across the country and I’m too embarrassed by my kids to make friends.
I realize that sounds really bad. My children aren’t monsters. They’re adorable.…They’re delicious. And sometimes they lose their freaking minds. And often the whining, screaming, tantrum-like behavior happens when I most want them to be at their best, like when attempting to take part in organized Jewish life. Actually, make that Jewish events and at Costco — both seem to be equally fertile tantrum ground. There… >> Read More
Eight years ago on first night of Hanukkah, I gave birth to my first child. Afterwards we joked that she was determined to be born on Hanukkah. With a 37-hour labour, it seemed that this little one…was waiting for night to turn to day to turn to night. She emerged with the arrival of the lights and miracles festival. And she was our miracle baby. For a day or so, I was on a birthing and mother’s high. Completely intoxicated with my child, recapping the highs and lows of the birthing… >> Read More