Hello world!

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8th grade boys: there’s an app for that

Getting an 8th grade boy to pay attention to you is not easy. This was true in the 1980s and it’s true now. 8th grade boys like girls fine, sure, but they’re usually not nearly as interested in the girls in their class as said girls are in them ....more

How the Mom Saved Christmas

Over at the What Fresh Hell:Laughing in the Face of Motherhood...more

announcing my new podcast!

I’ve been blogging a lot less over the last year. (Perhaps you’ve noticed)....more

I’ve just launched

I’ve just launched a new podcast with funny friend Margaret Ables! What Fresh Hell: Laughing In the Face of Motherhood. We solve today’s parenting problems so you don’t have to!...more

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

It seemed like a good idea at the time: I would shake hands with Woody Allen. Twenty years ago, I came thisclose...more

When Mom is sick

Last week two of my three children, and then my husband, came down with a quick-attack stomach bug so virulent it kept taking after there was nothing left to give, if you catch my drift. This added moderate amounts of laundry to my already moderately frantic attempts to pack us all for a looming four-day ski vacation. (Have I mentioned that I don’t like to ski? ...more

The Christmas List Chase

I used to think my husband was the most impossible person in the world to buy for. But no, it’s my eleven-year-old son. Because it’s one thing when you don’t really give a toss whether you have stuff to open on Christmas morning or not ....more

talking to our kids about Paris: because we have to

My second-grader found out about what happened in Paris because I messed up: I left the TV on in my bedroom last Sunday while I took a shower. Five minutes later, I come out with towel-turbaned hair to find her sitting there watching the cable news churn. “Mostly it sounds like ‘blah-blah’ to me,” Maggie said, “but Mommy ....more

Finding the Optimal Push

I’m proud to have an essay published in this month’s New York Family magazine on finding what sports psychologist Larry Lauer calls “the optimal push”: pushing your kids just hard enough to have them reach their full potential. It’s easier said than done, of course, and I certainly don’t have the answers. When I compare myself to other parents– and my kids’ schedules to those of their peers– I can come away feeling both that our house is full of slackers and that I am the awful-est Tiger Mother of all time ....more