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Yes, My Kids Watch TV. Alert The Authorities.

(21) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 4:22 PM

Over the past few weeks, by some strange coincidence, I have ended up in several discussions with parents who either never watched TV as kids, or don't allow their own children to watch it at all.

Not "no commercial TV" -- but no TV, period. As in, none.

Or, ahem,...

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Teaching Your Children Well. Mostly. Generally Speaking.

(15) Comments | Posted July 20, 2013 | 11:27 AM

"Most people are so busy knocking themselves out trying to do everything they think they should do, they never get around to what they want to do." -- Kathleen Winsor (via Leslie Fandrich)

Recently I've had several friends lose parents and other elderly relatives close to them. It's...

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There Is Only Now

(9) Comments | Posted June 8, 2013 | 12:08 PM

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By day four of a business trip out of the country, my heart truly starts to hurt. By day seven, as I'm supposedly enjoying a final night out with colleagues it's nearly intolerable. And it's not just the...

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A Mother's Mind After the Boston Marathon Bombing

(10) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 2:34 PM

Oh my God, what? A what? Where?

Checking Twitter.

Sick to my stomach.

Who do I know in Boston? I need to check in with them.

9/11 flashbacks.

I don't want to see the photos.

Okay, one photo.

Fuck, why did I look at that.

Have to call my friends....

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The Short-Term Memory of Parenthood

(12) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 12:55 PM

The one post of mine that still receives the most comments and emails all these years later takes on sleep training. My standard answer to those poor, desperate new moms is that I'm the last person that anyone should ever ask advice about getting one's children to sleep....

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Your Child is Not Special

(175) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 12:45 PM

I have not stopped thinking about this amazing Wellesley High School graduation speech since I saw it yesterday, thanks to Jen Singer. In it, brilliant English teacher David McCullough cautions his students, "you are not special."

I admit when I first heard the line, I bristled a bit....

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The Myth of the Rich, Selfish Working Mom

(97) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 3:22 PM

I have seen the following argument about working moms far too many times to count: Well, women could sacrifice second cars and vacation homes to stay home with their children.

Feel free to scream now. Or, you know. I could do it for you.

The implication of course is that...

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Beware the Swaddlers

(4) Comments | Posted September 10, 2006 | 5:19 PM

When I became pregnant, the diaper came to symbolize my absolute crippling fear of impending motherhood. That seemingly benign little plastic white pant with the powdery scent and the smiling muppet on the band -- it was my own personal hell.

You see, in all my 36 years of...

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