Amy Kover

A "recovering journalist," I spent five years as a staff writer at Fortune... read more

Why You Shouldn't Have "The Talk" with Your Tween

I have an amazing power that was only recently discovered. I don’t twitch when the word puberty is said. I not only don’t twitch, I get happy and love to talk about it with parents and girls. Girls only. I have no idea about the boys. Armed with this new super power I recently worked with a teen counselor and we put on a program for some local Girl Scouts. We held it around Valentines Day and called it Loving Your Growing Body. It was complete with snacks and door prizes and I have to say it was a huge success....more
I am a GS leader and although my Brownies are still too young for your program, I would be very ...more

I Have Seen the Light (and It's On My Slow-Cooker)

I'll admit it. I was not quick to jump on the slow cooker bandwagon....more
I just took an Indian Slow Cooker class at Whole Foods. Now I'm slow cooking Indian Butter ...more

Nutrition Week 7: Breakfast

Week Seven of Inspiration to Fitness! Challenge... We're almost there! 8 Weeks & 8 Life-Changing Ways to Upgrade Your Diet Julie and I are thrilled to be blogging every week to challenge you to make a positive change to your eating. If you missed the previous weeks, you can still catch up and follow along at your own pace. Review our earlier posts and you can incorporate week one’s goal into your diet starting today. ...more
My son's Father said that when my son is at his house he feeds him creal every day. This is ...more

The Art of Saying No (to More Than Just My Kids)

The economy has touched so many people's lives. Many families have been forced to make hard decisions. Many moms have gone back to work to help out. In our school, volunteer positions are not getting filled. My life is full of many blessings, one of which is working from home. My husband shoulders the responsibility of our financial well being. Although I'm constantly busy, I feel guilty. Guilty that I don't have to juggle a full time job and children. That guilt propels me to say Yes, to try and make up for all the missing volunteers at school and to ease my own guilt for being luckier than others....more
Thanks for your comment, Lynnette. You had me laughing when you headed off to do the flyer. I'm ...more

Our Mothers, Ourselves: Did Your Mother Prepare You for Motherhood?

Eighteen years ago this month, my first child arrived six weeks ahead of schedule. While he was hooked up to tubes and toasting away in the ICU’s isolette, I spent those first days as a mother praying for him and reading Annie Lamott’s memoir, Operating Instructions. Between the laughter and the tears, I was hoping to find that elusive “how-to” manual for mothering....more
@nikonMom Mmm - love that: "Giving her heart away to us." It certainly feels that way to me ...more

Parenting May Be Easy, but Being Human Is Hard

Roughly five times a day, I screw up as a parent. However this morning’s antics may have earned me a spot in the Mommy Hall of Shame. At 10:00am, I had just settled down to work and a coffee, when my cell phone cheerily announced: “Chaperone Field Trip.” A pit instantly formed in my stomach. I was supposed to heading to a demonstration of the New York City Ballet with my daughter's class that very moment....more
I think you are spot on. We get so many mixed messages today as parents. And no child arrives in ...more

Parenting May Be Easy, but Being Human Is Hard

Roughly five times a day, I screw up as a parent. However this morning’s antics may have earned me a spot in the Mommy Hall of Shame. At 10:00am, I had just settled down to work and a coffee, when my cell phone cheerily announced: “Chaperone Field Trip.” A pit instantly formed in my stomach. I was supposed to heading to a demonstration of the New York City Ballet with my daughter's class that very moment....more
I think you are spot on. We get so many mixed messages today as parents. And no child arrives in ...more

Parenting May Be Easy, but Being Human Is Hard

Roughly five times a day, I screw up as a parent. However this morning’s antics may have earned me a spot in the Mommy Hall of Shame. At 10:00am, I had just settled down to work and a coffee, when my cell phone cheerily announced: “Chaperone Field Trip.” A pit instantly formed in my stomach. I was supposed to heading to a demonstration of the New York City Ballet with my daughter's class that very moment....more
I think you are spot on. We get so many mixed messages today as parents. And no child arrives in ...more

Anyone else get angry with http://www.blogher.com/parenting-isnt-hard? I wrote a response http://www.blogher.com/losing-guilt-game

Anyone else get angry with http://www.blogher.com/parenting-isnt-hard? I wrote a response http://www.blogher.com/losing-guilt-game ...more
Hey there Everybody! No I didn't get angry with Issa's post. It's one of those Oprah, "If ...more

No Excuses: Parenting Isn't Hard

Parenting isn’t hard. Well, okay, sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes I participate in a discussion about someone in public being mean to their child. By “being mean” I mean spanking, slapping, grabbing, yanking, dragging, yelling, name-calling, belittling, punishing and so forth. And there’s always someone in these discussions ready to declare that “parenting is hard” and we should therefore cut the parent some slack. And I just reject this wholeheartedly....more
What's hard in that scenario is controllng your emotions. In a grown-up relationship, the other ...more