Posts filed as “Parenthood”

Nicest Thing Ever Said About Me

Liza Was Here compared my voice in my recently published essay “The Mean Moms” to that of Anne Lamott. Thank you, fellow Smith College grad! And thanks to the magic of Google alerts, I now know of another great blog worth reading. As for “The Mean Moms,” it’s in the recently published anthology The Maternal is ...Read more.

Practical Numbers for Parents

I received a reviewers copy of Practical Wisdom For Parents this morning, the guide to raising preschool-aged children penned by the directors of the 92nd Street Y Nursery School. While it certainly looks informative, I suspect there is only one bit of practical information most parents want from these women: How to get a child ...Read more.

Quick! The Retired Will Work Cheap Too

I decided to not write about Sue Shellenbarger’s most recent Tuesday column when I first read it. I was sure I was overreacting, my fury was so great. So I waited till today and, guess what? It’s even worse than I thought: Lots of employers would like to be able to hire cheap, temporary teams of ...Read more.

We Survived Birthdaypalooza

Well, we had about twenty children in the house (if you count siblings) to celebrate Luke’s birthday and seem to have survived the experience.  A few lessons learned: If there is a way to host a birthday party for under $600 and not MC it yourself, I’ve yet to discover it. We did not save a dime by ...Read more.

The Age of Lust is Giving Birth

I’ve always been a bacon-and-eggs sort of gal, a habit I have no doubt will ensure I don’t make it to 100, but otherwise gives me great enjoyment in the mornings. But apparently my protein habit had another consequence. The New York Post reported yesterday — just in time for my younger son’s fifth birthday — ...Read more.

A New Low in Children’s Entertainment

We have a new way of passing the time in my house. We discovered an Alvin and the Chipmunks (or “chickmunks” as my almost-five year old says) version of Funkytown on You-Tube. We put it on and dance....Read more.

From Publishers Weekly ….

A review of The Maternal is Political: The Maternal Is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change Edited by Shari MacDonald Strong, foreword by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner. Seal, $15.95 paper (280p) ISBN 978-1-58005-243-6 In a raw and emotional literary anthology, 30 women express their frustrations about motherhood, their disappointment with unsupportive work ...Read more.

Best Comment of the Week

This gets handed out to a fellow mom at my younger son’s nursery school who must remain anonymous. We were sitting next to one another last night at the annual fundraising auction for our forever financially challenged play program. The item up for a bid was an evening with an extremely connected media personage who covers the world of ...Read more.

I am officially sick of the mommy wars

I am officially sick of the mommy wars. This thought occurred to me while I was reading a conversation on Salon with noted novelist Meg Wolitzer. She has a new book out, called The Ten-Year Nap and it about … oh, let’s say a group of moms so we don’t have to discuss it any ...Read more.

Dragons Live Forever

One of my great pleasures in life is singing to my children. Now at some point this won’t be a great pleasure to them because they will realize their mother can’t carry a tune but, for now, they appear to think I am American Idol material.  And Jake, who is currently in a phase of life ...Read more.