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  • Fortunately Fortunately, my daughter finally learned to hold her own sippy cup. Unfortunately, my milk dried up. Fortunately, my son started to walk then run. Unfortunately, now he runs away from me every chance he gets. Fortunately, I’m soaking up my son snuggling quietly on my shoulder. Unfortunately, it’s only because he’s teething and miserable. Fortunately, my daughter started preschool, and I ...
  • I’m Sick of Jade Eggs, Juice Cleanses, Essential Oils and Honest/Organic Everything It would be difficult to find a human being out there who wouldn’t support offering modern mothers an opportunity for a little self-care. There’s nothing wrong with a mani-pedi or a mid-afternoon coffee with friends. I can’t quarrel with a girls’ weekend away or a sacred nightly bubbly bath with a candle and some calming ...
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Kidney Donation But Were Afraid To Ask A few weeks ago, I donated my kidney to a man named Eli Valdez. Until our surgery date, we’d never met. I learned of his need when I saw a flyer posted in Starbucks. I wrote about the experience here and my husband’s perspective is here. It was an emotional, painful but still wonderful experience. In ...
  • How to Parent in Public Even When Your Child Is Having A Meltdown “Are you breastfeeding?” the stranger asked while I waited with my newborn to order a drink at Starbucks. “Um, Well…” I said awkwardly, “it’s complicated.” I picked up my iced tea, collected my lingering morsels of pride and shamefully shuffled out the door. Then I sat in my car and wondered why, exactly, did a woman who ...
  • Intensive Parenting Gone Wrong and The Elite College Fallacy Everything that’s wrong with modern parenting is apparent in the recent college admission scandal. The FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston have charged nearly 50 people in an admissions conspiracy that involved parents paying anywhere from hundreds of thousands to more than a million dollars for admission advantages to the nation’s most elite ...
  • Is Your Husband Around? There are four words that when spoken to me incite my most aggressive impulses. I become fiery and almost hostile. It happens fairly regularly and yet, I’m still shocked when I hear it. Tonight, as the contractor was leaving the house, he said this: Is your husband around? That’s it. Is your husband around? What could be so ...
  • It’s Not Required. It’s Just Nice. This week I walked into the lobby at work to see a two-story glistening Christmas tree with flowing red ribbon and lights. Presents are wrapped perfectly under the tree. The back office is tastefully decorated with lights and snowy scenes and garland. It’s really a stunning display. And yet, after the initial pleasantness of the ...
  • My Kids Aren’t Grateful, Help! Consumerism in America is big business, and more than ever children are being bombarded with sensational toys and technology. It’s only natural that kids want these shiny new objects. When holiday time comes around many parents spend hours finding just the right gifts, wrapping them oh, so specially and waiting excitedly for the big reveal. ...
  • Kids, Here’s the Truth and I’m Sorry Dear Kids, I’m writing to you because you are old enough to know the truth. Actually, you aren’t. You are innocent children who deserve a childhood without fears and nightmares. But the truth is unavoidable, and at this moment there is nothing else I can say. So here it is. I cannot protect you from a gunman. ...
  • Why is Brett Kavanaugh So Angry? It Might Not Be What You Think If you saw Brett Kavanaugh testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week you undoubtedly noticed his anger. According to Kavanaugh, he is being wrongfully accused of attacking Christine Blasey Ford at a gathering with some friends in 1982. What stands out from his appearance, and there was a lot to take in, is Kavanaugh’s ...

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