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Jennifer Meer
Jennifer Meer is a mother and writer, living and working in Connecticut. She has a BA from Brandeis University and an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management & Policy from NYU Wagner. You can read more on her blog at

Entries by Jennifer Meer

Raising a Mets Fan

(2) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 5:14 PM

It is a balmy mid-summer night and my family is huddled together on the bed watching the Mets. In between innings, we flip back and forth to another channel featuring a documentary on Billy Joel and his last concert at Shea. He is singing one of my favorite songs, "Summer...

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Why You Should Talk to Your Partner About Technology

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 3:41 PM

As I'm wiping down the table from dinner, I casually listen in on the lively game of superheroes being played out in the next room. My husband promised the older two he'd play with them before bed, and now it's a mighty showdown: My Little Pony versus toy soldiers versus...

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Why I Let My Kids Play at the Cemetery

(6) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 11:57 AM

On the Friday after Thanksgiving, my sisters and I packed up our children and headed over, along with my father, to the cemetery. Black Friday, indeed.

In what is remarkably now our seventh thanksgiving without her, visiting my mother's grave over the holiday weekend has become its own tradition in...

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The Mile Hell Club, or Flying With Children

(4) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 11:17 AM

Here is the thing about flying: I hate it. I hate everything about it -- the operations, the uncertainty, the germ-infested airports, the time spent trapped in your seat. I hate all of it. The only thing I hate more than any of this is doing all of that, but...

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5 Ways My Dad Taught Me What It's All About

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 2:22 PM

I am the youngest of three. He is the youngest of four. It's our thing together: we are the babies of our families. My father loves to remind me, as his mother often did for him, that no matter how old I get I'll still be his baby. And indeed...

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Everything I Needed to Know, I Learned at Her Table

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 5:47 PM

Each night as my husband and I fall into bed, we are literally out of breath, but we don't know why. Life has us on some sort of frantic treadmill that is ironically only making me fatter. We are stressed and rushed. I always wonder what we are working so...

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The Sister She'll Grow Up to Be

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 4:18 PM

In one of the most famous moments of my favorite movie, It's A Wonderful Life, George Bailey's brother, Harry Bailey the war hero, bursts into his house, surprising his brother in his moment of need. George is stunned as Bert the cop proclaims, "Fool flew all the way up here...

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A Season of Miracles

(4) Comments | Posted December 14, 2013 | 8:30 AM

I am walking my son to the bus stop. We are greeted with the sights and sounds of winter's first snow. It is before we have grown jaded and bitter toward its punishing storms and winds and snow that turns brown and slushy and problematic. Every tree and surface is...

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The Big Car Years

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 9:01 AM

Today we got a new car. We said goodbye to my sweet little hybrid sedan and ushered in a new era in our family: that of the seven seater. In a world of SUVs, I have truly loved my little car. It was perfectly suited to me and my family...

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Distracted Living

(392) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 3:41 PM

Last week, I almost killed my daughter.

It started off as really any other week ever does. My husband had been travelling pretty much non-stop for nearly the entire month. Whether we wanted to or not, we were all falling into a fairly regular rhythm without him, at least Monday-Friday....

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Some Say You Should Teach a Child to Swim

(5) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 9:13 AM

In the Talmud, a set of ancient rabbinical teachings, Jewish parents are instructed to teach their children three core things: the Torah, a trade, and how to swim. I'm not sure how well we are doing on the first two, but we've taken that last piece to heart.

I found...

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The Life of the Third

(15) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 8:51 AM

One of my favorite things to do whenever I visit my father's home is to pore over old family albums. I love looking at all the old pictures. There are multiple albums dedicated to the arrival of my oldest sister. Endless black and white shot after shot of a very...

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Keeping It Real

(11) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 11:20 AM

I received an email tonight from a fellow mom. Really, it was more of a detailed confession of all of the things she'd done wrong today as a mother. It ended with two simple words: "parent fail." Her email both broke my heart and made me incredibly angry, because she...

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The 'And' Stance

(5) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 9:30 AM

The other night I was sweeping the kitchen floor, carefully pushing piles of dirt and Pringles and Play-Doh around Ruby, who was naturally playing on the dirtiest part of the floor directly under my feet, when I suddenly stopped and looked at her. And I caught her watching me, studying...

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