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Rachel Levy Lesser is the author of Who's Going To Watch My Kids? a part memoir and part instructive book that chronicles the humorous and heartfelt struggles between working mothers and the nannies who care for their kids. She is also the author of Shopping for Love, a memoir about her mother's long battle with cancer and their lifelong bond discovered while shopping together, as well as My Name is Rebecca Romm Named after My Mother's Mom, a children's book about the significance of a child's name. Rachel's work has appeared in Glamour magazine's blog, AND Magazine, Metropolis and The Philadelphia Jewish Exponent, among other publications. Rachel began her career in marketing on the other side of the masthead working for People, InStyle and Real Simple Magazines.

Entries by Rachel Levy Lesser

I'd Rather Live Downstairs at Downton

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 10:54 AM

Like so many other loyal public television viewers out there (and by that I mean those of us who didn't know where to find the PBS channel on our television until Downton Abbey came on the scene five year ago), I too have become obsessed with the goings on in...

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Embrace the Sweet and the Salty

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 3:46 PM

I am a big snacker - always have been and probably always will be. My most favorite snacks involve combining the super sweet with the super salty. Case in point - kettle corn, which is one of my most favorites. In fact, I am the only one in my house...

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An Ode to SignUp Genius, TeamSnap and Evite

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 9:42 AM

Dear Amazing Online Tool Developers,

Before I get to you, I first need to thank Al Gore for inventing the Internet without which you could have never developed your awesome online tools. You have made my life (and the lives of countless other moms out there on this crazy Inter-web)...

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5 Great Pieces of Advice Other People Gave to Me

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 10:15 AM

I'm not so big on advice-giving. But advice-taking -- that's another story. I am always more than happy to listen to someone else's take on a situation or get their input when I feel I need it most -- sometimes almost to a fault. You know when one person can...

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It's Going Really Fast...And It's Okay

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 4:27 PM

It seems that everywhere I go these days with my kids (who at 12 and almost 10 must be going through some kind of major growth spurts), some older and wiser person stops me to offer some sort of older and wiser advice. I am told that my kids will...

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Secrets Of A Lifelong People Watcher

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 4:53 PM

I like to people watch. Always have and probably always will. My best people watching happens when there is a lot of sitting around involved -- like in a doctor's office waiting room or at an airport gate (especially when there is a big delay.) I've also done some great...

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What's Up With The Humble Brag?

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 8:42 AM

A friend recently told me about the humble brag. I was intrigued by this concept, which apparently really is a thing and has been defined (and certainly used and perhaps overused) for quite some time now.

Urban Dictionary defines the humble brag as "subtly letting others know about how...

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I Love My Chocolate Chip Cookies. Here's Why.

(2) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 9:25 AM

Ina Garten has her brownies; Martha Stewart has her sugar cookies; and my mother-in-law has her chocolate cheesecake cupcakes. My friend Penny has her mandel bread; my mother's friend Suzi her lemon square; and my friend Lisa her banana cream pie. Me -- well I have my chocolate chip cookies.

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The Power of the Camp Song

(3) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 9:54 AM

My mother's camp songs were my lullabies. I could sing about the green and white teams and the canoes on Lake Thompson before I even knew the words to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." When I was a young teenager and it seemed that my mother and I couldn't talk about...

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Wheels Lift Up, Sh*t Hits Fan

(2) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 1:54 PM

My husband is awesome. He's so much fun to be around (I think so and so do our kids). He's really good at his job, and I know from watching his interactions with his lifelong close childhood friends, that he is also a really good friend. When he is around...

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How I Found Kind

(2) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 1:30 PM

This past weekend, I witnessed something (or really took part in something) pretty amazing and right here in my own town (or really. in my own town's independent movie theater). I sat with 300 other women and girls as we all took a break from our Sunday afternoon obligations (soccer...

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Getting Dumped... By Our Nannies

(8) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 3:28 PM

I've never really lost a friend, only picked up more along the way, including those from my childhood, from college, graduate school and on into adulthood. I never had to break up with any girlfriends (except one mom stalker friend, but that's another story). I was dumped by one boyfriend...

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What I Wish We Talked About More

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 3:22 PM

Full and complete upfront disclosure here: Below is a list of things that I wished people (including me) talked about more and parenthetically other things I wish that people (also including me!) talked about less or maybe just not as much. I fully admit that I talk about those other...

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Who's Going to Watch My Kids?

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 1:03 PM

I never thought about nannies. I always knew that I wanted to have children one day, and I also always knew that I wanted a career. I just never thought about who would watch those children while I was having that career.

I first learned about nannies while still single,...

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My Life Is On My Car

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 11:12 AM

I've never been a fan of vanity plates or bumper stickers or really anything that makes your car recognizable to anyone else. I distinctly remember a few families from my childhood who had vanity plates -- usually something about their last name or the number of kids they had. I...

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The Surprising 'Mother Figure' I Didn't Know I Needed

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 3:13 PM

Shortly after I found myself without a mother, my father announced to me one day that he could be the mother.

"You can't be the mother," I said to him, holding back angry tears as the reality of my mother's all-to-soon death started to sink in during that first summer...

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Count The Freckles

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 2:59 PM

When I was 13, my mother finally said yes and gave in to my then-lifelong wish for curly hair. As a child, my hair was so straight that my grandmother used to tell me I couldn't make it wavy even if I stuck my finger in an electric socket. I...

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Wear a Freaking Coat!

(17) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 6:24 PM

Although it is not yet technically winter, it's been cold -- at least where I live in suburban Philadelphia. It's already snowed here. Twice. I am not complaining. I welcome the change in the seasons. I've always been more of a fall and winter person than a spring and summer...

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Happy Birthday to Us

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 5:46 PM

I remember the morning of my high school graduation very clearly. As I put on my white linen dress and matching ballet slippers, my mother tried to explain to me as best as she could that she was having trouble comprehending that it was her daughter's graduation day.

"I feel...

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If These Dishes Could Talk

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 11:38 AM

My mother was a terrible cook, but she set a beautiful table. Every year at least a week before the Jewish holidays -- which, as she used to say, fell either too early or too late, but were never on time -- she'd get out her most favorite dishes. I...

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