After weeks of being delinquent in showing up to shul, my husband, our 1-year-old daughter, and I finally made it. These days, because getting out the door has now become a Team 6-worthy mission…involving stealth, quick reflexes, and ensuring that enough provisions have been packed to feed a small country, it’s usually easier to just quit while we’re ahead and stay in. However, on this particular Saturday, we did it! We scaled our Everest Mt. Sinai of preparation and trepidation in order be part of the community. Yes,… >> Read More
In 2016, author Dani Shaprio wrote an essay ahead of the publication of her fourth memoir, "When You Write a Memoir, Readers Think They Know You Better Than They Do."
"People who have read my work…feel as if they know me," she writes. "And while certainly there is a powerful intimacy inherent in the experience of reading memoir, readers who meet me seem a bit embarrassed by this intimacy, as if, rather than having read my books, they have seen me naked without my consent. They seem to think of… >> Read More
Sometimes, you see a headline in your newsfeed that makes you stop and do a virtual spit take: “Well, THAT can’t be true!” (And by “sometimes,” I mean basically every day, but let’s move…on.) It happened to me when I read the headline of New York Magazine’s story: “Basically Everything Is Improved by an Interrupting Toddler.” As a mother of six kids, I gotta give that one a hard NFW. I feel really well-qualified to speak on this point, since over the past 15 years, I have had… >> Read More
I’m only 11 months into this motherhood thing, but so far, not everything has gone as planned. For starters, I lost my job while 7 months pregnant. I got induced when my 41-weeker just wouldn’t…budge, and then I had an emergency C-section when said 41-weeker’s heart rate decelerated with every contraction. So I pretty much learned right off the bat that moms can’t control everything — which has been difficult for this Type-A neurotic Jewish mother to accept. But one of the few things I did have control over?… >> Read More
Winter is coming. These three words have hung over mothers like dark clouds for decades, long before Game of Thrones came along. For we all know what that short, ominous phrase means: months of…interminable sickness in the house. As the days shorten, germs will invade our kids’ undeveloped immune systems with all the mean gusto of the Lannister clan. I’m experiencing the horror of winter sickness for the first time as a mom. My 15-month-old, Amber, recently started nursery school and is living proof of what all of… >> Read More