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A Digital Family Shoebox of Summer Memories....

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 12:53 PM

School's out, and I'm scrambling! Yes, the kids are going to camp, but all that time normally filled with homework and play dates is free, free, FREE. I can think of a few more "F" words to go along with free, but let's just go with frightening. And perhaps François,...

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How a Shopping Trip became a 72-Hour Science and Parenting Lesson

(2) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 5:50 PM

It began with a Facebook post, and suddenly, a whole bunch of people were invested in the story, so I thought I'd tell it properly...

On Mother's Day, Simon asked me what I'd like the family to make for dinner -- I was off cooking duty for the day. I...

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Real Housewives of the 1800s??

(5) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 3:00 PM

Let me ask you a question, folks... Could we do away with 21st century problems by, well, doing away with the 21st century? That's not realistic or even desirable, really. I don't want to give up my computer, modes of transportation or creature comforts... but when Lindsay Ferrier invited me...

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Drunken Parenting...Yes or No?

(123) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 3:57 PM

This week on Coffee Shop Confessions, a mom helps herself to the wine, beer and liquor she confiscated from her teenager after catching him throwing an unsanctioned cocktail party at home.

Was she wrong? Personally, I think that being a parent has its ups and downs, and you need to do whatever it takes to keep yourself sane. If that includes cocktails (one or two, not ten), then go for it. Goodness knows I've been in situations in my life where having a drink makes it all a little more bearable.

She definitely needed to determine whether her son had provided all the booze himself -- and if he did, his allowance is clearly too high. If his friends had stolen it from their parents, restitution is in order. But if he did buy it all himself, I see no reason to blame this CafeMom reader for confiscation and consumption. Let the kid know that you are disposing of it all, one bottle at a time, though I wouldn't recommend doing it in front of him.

Hope you all have enjoyed the first season of Coffee Shop! We'll be back later in the year, and until then, let me know in the comments what other marriage/family/kid topics you'd like me to cover in my blogs during the...

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Sleep with My Husband... Go On, I Dare You

(284) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 7:00 PM

How low would you go to catch your husband cheating? I'm flying without a net here, because it never occurred to me to try. My jaw was on the floor when we saw this week's story on Coffee Shop Confessions. The mom this week was so sure that...

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Baby Name or Weapon of Mass Humiliation?

(305) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 3:18 PM

What's the worst thing you've ever let your older child do to the younger one? Ours are two years apart, so we let the older one stay up later, we let him have my old iPhone to use as a wireless device and yes, we sometimes give in to his...

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Top 5 Ways to (Temporarily) Ditch Your Kids

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 3:34 PM

Kids are great, and I love mine. Except when they make me want to bury my head under a pillow and scream. Every once in a while, the adorable darlings threaten to turn mommy or daddy sociopathic. In those cases, it's time for THE LIST:

  • Home Game. With two boys,...
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Just Pay the Kid

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 11:47 AM

Never, I mean never, underestimate the good feeling you get from your child doing something you want them to do. This Mother's Day, my husband and 6 and 8-year-old sons made dinner, which involved fruit salad for dessert. My kids have gone through phases of eating everything, eating nothing, eating...

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Should Kids Sleep in Their Clothes?

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 12:32 PM

Often, the name of the game in parenting is "Whatever it Takes." This week on Coffee Shop Confessions, a mom admits that she saves time by putting her kids to bed in their school clothes.

Is it okay for her to do that? Maybe. We don't know what goes on in her house. Did they take a shower first? Are the sheets clean? Do they brush their hair and teeth in the morning? We don't know any of this.

I know at my house, it would be a problem. I have boys, and dirt is their best friend. We wouldn't send them anywhere in public if they hadn't just been cleaned. Or something like that. But is there a double standard? It's 100% true that if anything is ever off with a child such as messy hair, untrimmed fingernails, a stain on a shirt, or mismatched clothes, people judge you faster than the crowd on Jerry Springer.

Maybe the answer is do whatever it takes, but just don't tell people. But then again, after four years in reality TV... what do I know? What do you...

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Bite Me, Darling...

(3) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 3:33 PM

This week on Coffee Shop Confessions, a mom reveals that she blows off steam by flipping her daughter the bird behind her back. When we shot this episode, I was horrified by the mom's behavior. I thought it was passive aggressive, that the mom was letting her daughter...

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Moms Playing with Boy Toys (Boy's Toys)?

(3) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 10:41 AM

This week on Coffee Shop Confessions, a mom reveals that she uses housework to avoid playing with her son. 


Personally, this is one of the many reasons Simon and I had two children, two years apart. Once they were about 2 and 4 years old, they began to play together. These days at six and eight, they only surface when they are hungry. Of course siblings aren't workable for every family, and the payoff doesn't start until the youngest is old enough to engage.  

I'll be the first to admit that I don't always want to stop what I'm doing to play with our chums, but it's a balancing act. Life is short, and childhood even shorter. Besides, LEGOs are really, really fun to...

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Is Lying to Your Spouse Ever OK?

(85) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 2:38 PM

What is trust, and how important is it in a marriage? What planet are we on, and do we breathe air? To me these all seem like questions one never needs to ask because the answers are obvious, but maybe I'm naïve. In a perfect world, spouses would never lie...

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Coffee Shop Confessions -- What's Your Secret?

(20) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 12:40 PM

Last week Bravo announced the new cast for the fifth season of the Real Housewives of New York City at the Upfronts, and by now most viewers know that I am not appearing on this upcoming season. I'm thrilled, however, that my new show, Coffee Shop Confessions, debuted the same...

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A Thousand Gowns -- What's a Girl to Wear?

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2011 | 5:33 PM

Part of the hilarious and slightly surreal existence that goes along with being a reality TV personality in the 21st century is the constant wardrobe changes. This Saturday, we started the day taping a 20th anniversary tribute to the Wiggles, an Australian powerhouse children's band, switched it up by emptying...

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Fundraising via Facebook

(5) Comments | Posted June 26, 2009 | 4:33 PM

Everyone buzzes about social networking, so much so that it's become the new buzzword that verges on the annoying. Remember synergy? Anyway, sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and the rest have become the primary way some people communicate. That's a good thing. It's great to be able to trade a...

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An Idea Whose Time Has Come

(9) Comments | Posted May 15, 2009 | 3:13 PM

The sun is shining, the birds are singing and things are looking up. As the Real Housewives madness shifts into book writing and work madness, I am taking a moment to be grateful.

When I was laid off at the end of February, it seemed like the sky was falling....

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Cats on Keyboards and Job Hunting Online

(10) Comments | Posted April 30, 2009 | 1:55 PM

Thump! It's 6:56 in the morning and my husband Simon has been attacked by a hammerhead shark. Not to be outdone, the Madge cat grabs the shark by the head and attempts to chew its eyes out. Five minutes previously, François somnambulated his way into our bedroom with the shark...

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Negotiations, Utopia and Martians

(5) Comments | Posted April 15, 2009 | 12:09 PM

Life is one big negotiation. Sometimes that involves compromise. Sometimes that involves spending time with people whom you don't like but for various reasons you're stuck with them.

What is it about negotiation that makes people so uncomfortable? Fear of the unknown, and anger that life isn't as comfortable and...

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Covering Rashes & Creating Your Brand

(16) Comments | Posted April 6, 2009 | 1:22 PM

It's pouring rain and I've caught the plague from my son. A round of Fifth's disease (short definition: flu + rash) went through his school, and slowly but surely we all got it. Problem is that when an adult gets it you feel incredibly run-down along with that fabulous flu...

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Looking For Work with a Knot in Your Stomach

(18) Comments | Posted April 2, 2009 | 12:22 PM

Emotional, irrational, angry, panicked, and that's just the stock market. At least the dollar is up on the yen and there's a cup of steaming hot peppermint tea waiting to be drunk.

It is so hard to know the right thing to do. This week I felt constantly yanked back...

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