When I found out from my publicist that The Washington Post would be reviewing my 2009 memoir "The Big Rewind" around three months after it came out, I was excited and anxious in equal measures. The book had been reviewed far and wide but The Washington Post was different. If not quite the paper of record (that would be The New York Times, which had overwhelmingly kind things to say about the book,) The Washington Post was the paper that brought down Nixon. It was a paper with history, a legacy....more
While my children beat each other to a pulp in a game they called “Who Can Tackle The Other Person From The Couch Without Causing Bleeding?”, I snuck away to my computer to play a game of “I Should Be Working But I’m Checking People Magazine Online Instead.”...more
The first time I thought about killing myself, I was eleven. I’d had some trauma in my life, unspeakable things that my tween self could not articulate. Pain that ran deep, seated into my soul. I could not get away from it.
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Dear Mouthy Housewives,I'm completely addicted to social media. I want to be more present for my kids, but I don't want to go off Facebook, Instagram and Twitter all together. How do I get more of a balance in my life? Or do I need to just unplug completely?Signed,Do I Stay (Online) or Do I GoDear Stay or Go,...more
There's an online movement I've seen gaining momentum in recent weeks. A call for something known as "Slow Parenting." The premise is that kids should be free to direct their summer—to play, daydream, enjoy time off with no structured activities.
A conference room at Google headquarters may not seem like a place for children to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon, but for the 50 or youngsters gathered there last weekend, it was a welcome break from the world of doctor’s appointments and medical treatments. I had brought my own 10-year-old son to the event, which was organized by Kids & Art, a non-profit started by graphic designer Purvi Shah, the creator of BlogHer’s “hermoticon” logo.
When I was interviewing moms about what was going on in their lives—what was working, what wasn’t, what they really wanted out of and in their lives—the number one thing that always came up as what they really wanted, almost above all else, was Inner Peace.
Four years, nine months, two days, and about 11 hours. That’s how long I have breastfed my kids over my (and their) lifetime. And, I am finally (bittersweetly) done.
If you would have told me before I had kids that I was going to nurse them beyond one year, I would have said, “Yeah right.” But here I am with a freshly weaned three year old. How in the world did that happen?...more
The elementary schools in our area have a spring program called "Just Run" for kids in grades second through fifth. They train throughout the spring to run a 5K at the end of May. My son wanted to join, and he wanted his Dad and I to help.
I'm not a runner. I love to exercise, such as weights or cardio for fun. I play soccer with the old fart soccer parent league in the summer. We preach being physically active. But running is not my thing.
But how many years do I have left of my son actually WANTING us to join him? So, there we were.