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Pausing to Give Thanks
November 25th, 2014

This year I’m blessed with TWO Thanksgivings! My son Ian flew out from NYC to spend his first California Thanksgiving since (as far as he and I could figure out) his freshman year in college — that is, nine years ago! I’ve been “off-duty” from blogging, posting, tweeting and the like, since Friday. I treated […]


Holidays With Your New Baby
November 19th, 2014

For anyone who becomes a mother within nine months of a major holiday season (and, taking into account all of the holidays within every faith and cultural tradition, that means almost everybody!) I have a radical idea for you: Simplify your idea of how the holidays will look this year. Better yet, let yourself let […]


Not Your Mother’s “Mommy” Problem?
November 11th, 2014

I saw that several people on Facebook this weekend were sharing & discussing Heather Havrilesky’s New York Times rant about our cultural uber-focus and pressure on parents, and particularly mothers. It takes me awhile for my thoughts to coalesce into something I can put on paper (or on screen, rather), and meanwhile, our collective attention span darts away […]


Boo! Are Fairy Tales Too Scary for Kids?
October 31st, 2014

“But they’re so awful!” This is a response I often hear from parents when I recommend Grimm’s fairy tales as basic reading fare.  The idea of regaling their young children with stories of orphans and witches, kidnappings and murders—at bedtime no less—is daunting, understandably. As parents we tend to want to present something of a […]

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