I had just finished cleaning the house from top to bottom. I was tired and cranky, feeling underappreciated and premenstrual. After dinner my 5-year-old asked to be excused. I was washing up the baby…and I asked him to please hold tight for a minute so I could wipe his hands before he got down. I turned around to rinse the cloth and turned back around to see that, mid-(impatient)-tantrum, he had dumped an entire glass of milk all over the table. It was dripping down both sides of… >> Read More
There have been a few times so far in my life where I have taken my kids on an outing and everything works out perfectly: the birds chirp and the sun shines, I’ve miraculously packed enough…snacks, and the kids behave like mensches . Perhaps most importantly, there are eyewitnesses to note my kids’ wonderful behavior and shoot me admiring looks for this Gisele-like scene of perfect parenting. Listen, we all need a little external feedback sometimes for emotional validation. Even if you’re Gisele. These rare occasions have falsely instilled a… >> Read More
All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.
- The Internet, Netflix, fast food, and other forms of "instant gratification" are changing the way today's kids view…time and demands. This New York Times piece sheds light on the competitive nature of television networks and its effect on today's "on demand" children. (NY Times) - One in three women has an abortion by the age of 45, but how many people actually talk about it? New York Magazine features 26 women with… >> Read More
I think I’m turning into Mrs. Wolowitz. (If you don’t know who I’m talking about, she’s the Jewish mother on
The Big Bang Theory
. You never actually see her, as her primary…mode of communication involves yelling guilt-inducing rants from the other room.) Just last night, I found myself in the kitchen, loudly and firmly “announcing” (ahem) to my daughters in the living room that if I had to come in there one more time, there would be no TV show tonight. Yes, I do dangle the… >> Read More