I don't think of etiquette as stifling -- I think it's the hallmark of civilized living. Boil down all the rules you can think of and you will find one simple truth that unites them: etiquette is about being considerate of other people. That's what it comes down to -– and it goes for women as much as it does for men.
That's all it was. Thirty little minutes. Maybe not even quite. But however long it actually was, was too long. And it was, and will remain for some time I imagine, the worst 30 minutes of my motherhood thus far....more
As predictably as the sun rises each morning, when mid-October rolls around, my office is inundated with panic stricken mothers. Their worry? Their kindergartners have turned into monsters. The previously sweet, compliant children have turned sour, temperamental and belligerent. Many mothers tearfully admit that they are worried that something as traumatic as bullying or abuse has occurred and wonder if they should pull their child from the classroom....more
As all of Europe (and parts of the U.S.) gears up for the World Cup games in South Africa, I came across a terrific editorial from the WSJ in which the writer bemoans the bad behaviour of footballers today....more
You live in a world with human beings who, fortunately/unfortunately (circle one), reproduce. It is pretty much inevitable that you will, at some point, run into a child in your life. Said child might be crying and/or screaming bloody murder.
When this happens, it sucks for everyone involved....more
"Hi, I'm Sarah, this is my son Josh and we will be annoying you today." There was a time when I wanted to make this announcement any time I left the house with Josh. I refer to this period in Josh's life as the "dark side" - essentially the years of his worst behavioral/emotional issues thus far. ...more
With three children in the house (and two of them twins), sibling rivalry is inevitable. It's rampant. And it's exhausting to referee. I don't keep a tally of how many birthday parties and playdates each child has or buy presents to make up for any shortfalls, but I do what I can to even things out, keep the accusations of favoritism at bay and generally preserve my sanity domestic harmony.
And it's not just because I don't like the wrinkles that come with aging, or the new aches or the awareness that gravity ... is not a friend.
I want to be four again because I long for the heart.