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In addition to The Huffington Post, Jen Simon writes for Babble, Scary Mommy, Mommyish, Women's Health Online and more. She has had essays published in 2 anthologies (so far). She also stays home with her boys - a toddler and a sleep-challenged 5 year old. A former publicist, artist and fun person, she is currently a very tired lady. You can follow her sleepless ramblings on Twitter at NoSleepInBklyn.

Entries by Jen Simon

All My Son Wants for Hanukkah Is Christmas

(89) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 12:02 PM

Like most children, my 5-year-old is obsessed with Christmas. He loves the brightly colored lights. He is spellbound by Christmas trees. He gleefully sings about reindeer, Santa, and jingle bells.

The only problem is that we're Jewish and we don't celebrate Christmas.

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Pare de perguntar se vou tentar ter uma filha

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 2:07 PM

Tenho dois filhos. Dois saudáveis, brilhantes, felizes e lindos filhos. E quase todo dia alguém me pergunta se vou tentar ter uma menina. É uma pergunta grosseira, errada, ofensiva, presunçosa e maldosa. Pare.

Sério. Quando foi que as pessoas passaram a achar normal perguntar para estranhos se eles estavam satisfeitos...

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Stop Asking Me If I'm Going to Try For a Girl

(78) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 3:44 PM

I have two sons. Two happy, healthy, bright, beautiful sons. And nearly every day someone asks me if I'm going to try for a girl. It is such a rude, wrong, offensive, presumptuous and mean question. So, stop it.

Seriously, when did this become a thing? When did people decide...

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Why Losing My Friends Meant Losing Myself

(13) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 2:39 PM

Like most people, I've lost my share of friends. Every move was a source of culling, intentional or not. Each time I changed schools, I left friends behind. I've lost friends when we drifted away from each other, when our interests diverged, and after unrecoverable fights.

The ghosts of...

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On The Other Side of Postpartum Depression

(5) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 5:33 PM

When our children were 6 months old, two friends and I ventured out of our Brooklyn enclave, braving the crowds of Manhattan in order to visit the Central Park Zoo. I enjoyed it as much as I could enjoy anything when my son was young. I was depressed and anxious....

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What My 'Fun' Dad Taught Me About Parenting, and How My Mom Made It Possible

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 2:14 PM

By any definition, I've always been a Daddy's Girl. Maybe it was because he was in medical school when I was little and was gone much of the time, so when we saw him it was a special treat. Maybe it was because he always seemed to have fun being...

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How My Mother-In-Law Showed Me the Truth in Parenting Clichés

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 2:55 PM

If there's one thing I hate more than clichés in general, it's clichés about parenting. Do I "enjoy every moment" of my parenting life? Haha -- no. Does it "go by so fast"? With my first son, who didn't sleep past 4 a.m. for the first 18 months of his...

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A Stay-at-Home Mom's Response to Gwyneth and the Mommy Wars

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 7:51 PM

I try not to engage in, encourage or really even acknowledge the faction of women who make up the "Mommy Wars." Not only is the conflict insulting, divisive and juvenile, but how another woman parents rarely affects my children and me. Bottle- or breastfeed your baby? I don't care. McDonald's...

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New York Is a Difficult Place to Live, But New Yorkers Make It Easier

(4) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 3:51 PM

New York City has a well-deserved reputation for being a difficult place to live. Especially for parents of small children. We pay a ridiculous amount of money for a glorified closet without a basement or a backyard for kids to play in. We fight for spots in schools -- even...

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18 Ways My Life Has Changed Since I Had Kids

(6) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 10:38 AM

The saying is that everything changes when you become a parent. Sure, I had heard that, but before I had kids I didn't truly realize that everything would change. Everything. From my hair to my clothes, how I chose my apartment to how I decorated it, how I eat to...

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Addiction, Poverty and the Myth of Willpower

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 11:49 AM

Which one of two ways you talk about addiction is more telling about your life philosophy than it is about addiction itself.

On Sunday, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment. While his fans mourn the loss of a great actor, coverage has turned...

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We Are All Lena Dunham

(25) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 4:05 PM

It's the rare article about Lena Dunham that doesn't at least mention her body; many outright focus on it. And at this point, who doesn't have an opinion about her body? If you've watched any episode of her show, you've seen her at least partly naked. And if you haven't,...

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26 Ridiculous Reasons I've Cried Since Having a Baby

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 12:41 PM

I didn't always buy into the clichés about women being emotional roller coasters due to pregnancy or post-partum hormones. After all, I still felt like myself during my pregnancies, albeit with a shorter temper and a fuzzier memory. Mainly I thought the stereotype was one more way for people to...

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If Moms Slept Like Babies

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 11:28 AM

If there's one common saying about parenthood that is pretty much the opposite of its intended meaning, it's "sleep like a baby." Unless you have one of those rare, mythic, magical babies who immediately sleeps 12 hours a night (and if so, I hate you), you know the fallacy of...

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7 Ways a Second Pregnancy Can't Compare to a First

(7) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 3:50 PM

Being pregnant with a second child is an entirely different experience than being pregnant with a first. When you're pregnant the first time, you're a princess; an amazing, delicate creature growing a new life in a masterful, mysterious way. People are in awe of your majesty. You're told to rest...

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