Category Archives: Parenting

Honoring Our Veterans, and the Families Who Keep the Home Fires Burning

On this Veterans Day 2013, I’m feeling grateful for all of the soldiers throughout our nation’s history — including my father and my father-in-law, both of whom fought in Vietnam, and my cousin who served in Iraq. But I’m also … Continue reading

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Let’s party!! And while we’re at it, let’s build a community

Recently we celebrated N’s 6th birthday. Like we do every year, we threw a little party at home with a few of her friends. And as always, the party planning drove me crazy. Every year, in the midst of trips … Continue reading

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From Disney Skeptic to Convert: Our Family Trip to The Magic Kingdom

When G suggested to me that we take a first-ever family vacation to Disneyworld this summer, my first (unenthusiastic) reaction was: “Er. Really?” For the past six years, we’ve taken our summer vacation on the North Fork of Long Island, … Continue reading

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What I Learned at Summer Camp: How to Accept the Child I Have

This summer, N is attending a real summer camp for the first time. I’ve been surprised by what a learning experience it has been for both of us. The camp is located on the beautiful grounds of a local private … Continue reading

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Anger is a part of life – but “Frankenmom” is not

I’m ready to admit it: I’ve started reading a book on how to manage my anger. It begins: “Anger is a part of life.” Unfortunately for this mom, anger is all too often a part of my daily life. My … Continue reading

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Kids Under Pressure: What Lessons Are We Really Teaching?

I didn’t realize how much pressure Kindergarten was placing on my daughter until last night. She was sitting at the table, complaining about the stack of homework in front of her and said, “I wish I was a baby again, … Continue reading

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O Pink Doggie, Where Are You??

As of last night, it’s official: I lost my daughter’s lovey. His name is Pink Doggie. The “Pink” refers to the color he once was, when he was new. My mom bought him in the hospital gift shop when Baby … Continue reading

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