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
Maeve is moving to California later this month and I feel like someone’s placed my heart in a large vise that’s slowly clamping shut. I’ve only met Maeve a few times, but she looms large in my…imagination. She is one of my son’s best friends, one of his first-ever friends. They met through their nannies in the park in our Brooklyn neighborhood when they were infants — Noah was just 2 months old — and, since then, they have spent most of their afternoons together, along with a small crew of… >> Read More
When you're a mom, it can be hard to find your tribe. Just because you have babies the same age or kids in the same class doesn't necessarily mean you have anything else in common. Then factor in…that you're probably too busy to actually sit down and drink coffee uninterrupted for 15 minutes, let alone breathe deeply for 5. So yeah, it's hard. A new app called Peanut connects moms with other moms in the same area, like dating, except for moms who want mom friends. Sure, it sounds like something straight out of a… >> Read More
Before I had children, I had this image in my head of a group of mommy friends. We would get together on weekend afternoons in each other’s backyards or playrooms, and we would talk and laugh as…our children played nearby. I imagined that I would have children around the same time as most of my current friends, and we’d share life as parents together. I also imagined that I would make new friends at the playground, through my child’s day care or nursery school, and at community events. In reality, I… >> Read More
This past weekend, I was hanging out with one of my dear friends–a working mom with two kids who is completing an advanced degree at a school an hour away. I could just tell was in desperate need…of some solo time. Her husband was out of town with one kiddo, and she had a huge work project due Monday. I told her to send her daughter down the street to our house the next morning for a couple hours so she could work or recharge with some “me” time. “Are you sure?!… >> Read More