Category Archives: Parenthood

Making The Move From Crib To Big Kid Bed Without Losing Sleep…Or Your Mind

Just as no kid heads off to college still wearing diapers, you can be sure your crib-loving toddler will eventually sleep in an actual bed. But when should you make the transition, and how? A lot of toddlers get their crib eviction notices from a new baby, but since we’re still trying for #2, there was […]

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How To Survive A Children’s Birthday Party (With A Little Baby Magic)

Ever since my daughter started preschool, my social life revolves, thrillingly, around kids’ birthday parties.  These parties are as formulaic as Groundhog Day–if the groundhog was turning three and had the Ebola virus.  The kids play, cough on each other, get dirty, eat pizza, drink from each others’ juice boxes, wipe their noses on their […]

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20 Things I Never Thought About When I Was 20

Dear Younger Self, You were so cool.  You saw Jane’s Addiction play their first tour.  You hennaed your hair and stayed in hostels. You wore combat boots with baby blue thigh-highs.  You danced on tables—not for money, just for sport.  But you know what?  If you could see yourself now, in your 40s, you wouldn’t […]

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Why Do Disney Movies Always Kill Off The Moms?

When Frozen came out and everyone was raving, I thought about taking my three-year-old daughter to her first movie. The reviews said the film was smart, with strong female heroines and great music.  I could almost taste the popcorn and Milk Duds until I read a little further and found out the main characters’ parents […]

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Mom Falls for Oldest Trick In The Book

Viv gets up at 5:30 this morning.  This is early even for her.  I plop her in front of Dora and go to make a gallon of coffee. Mom, can I have scissors and paper for cutting? Oh, thank God, my kid has picked today to finally start entertaining herself, and with crafts!  Mama could […]

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