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bullies are cowards

bullies are cowards

October 12, 2010 |  Category:   life parenting

I think one of the most frightening stories to hear as a parent are the ones about bullying. Everyone is aware of the rash of recent suicides among teens, and If you’re of the mind to lay fault entirely with the victim and think that the victim was weak and stupid and selfish to take their own life, then your world must be more black and white than mine. The internet is a wild place with so much easy access to send and spread hateful messages. Even for us adults who have endured bullying as kids, this is new ground. We didn’t have to deal with this back then. Cyber bullying is real. Anonymous hate mail is real. Unnecessarily mean… CONTINUE READING

doing the best we can

doing the best we can

September 29, 2010 |  Category:   life parenting

You don’t spend most days asking yourself whether or not you’re doing a good job of raising your kids if only because days are hectic with school drop offs and pick ups and homework and lunch making and dinner and bath and bed. By the time the day is over, it’s a blur. I feel like Mark and I are constantly running in and out of the house, like a revolving door, and it’s only when everyone’s in bed that you can sort of exhale…but the day is often not over. There’s a whole lot of working still going on once the sun goes down. Our schedules are anything but typical, but I know a few other families who also… CONTINUE READING

straight to the heart

straight to the heart

June 11, 2010 |  Category:   life parenting

Mia had her first ballet recital yesterday. It reminded me that I have, perhaps, a lifetime of opportunities to sit in the audience and watch my kids perform – in school, at recitals, performances, math leagues, whatever. It really hits you on occasions like these, that you’re a parent. Not so much the everyday, walking your kid to school, giving your kid a snack kind of stuff, but this. It also reminded me of myself at that age taking ballet for a couple of years. We used to have formal pictures taken, something that we did every year, in our fancy tutus and leotards. We’d be instructed to pose and the photographers would snap a photo, much like class photos… CONTINUE READING

streetfairs, crowds & where’s my kid? no really, where’s my kid???

streetfairs, crowds & where’s my kid? no really, where’s my kid???

May 17, 2010 |  Category:   life nyc parenting

Nothing marks the beginning of summer in the city like street fairs, and the 5th Avenue street fair in Brooklyn happens to be in our neighborhood. This also means throngs of people (do you see that wall of people in that picture above? I see it) and it also usually means hyped up children in bouncy castles and high on sugar (melt downs and whining is to be expected at some point). We don’t go to a lot of street fairs but I am partial to this one for other reasons other than its proximity to where we live (it stretches for 20+ blocks so it’s pretty unavoidable anyway). Along with the usual street fair stuff like bedding sets, sunglasses,… CONTINUE READING

parenting, working, juggling, breathing.

parenting, working, juggling, breathing.

March 11, 2010 |  Category:   family favorite posts life parenting the biz

I’m not sure how we’re getting things done most days. Some things are definitely easier now that the girls are older, but in other ways it’s also harder as they both are commanding our attention in different ways. The older one mopes around the house like a teenager sighing that she’s bored. We realize that we need to schedule more playdates for her, but it’s been hard to commit to plans and host playdates when our schedules are so up in the air. The younger one freaks out every time Mark leaves the apartment, even if it’s just to throw out the garbage, so thinking up alternate forms of childcare other than the few people who she is familiar with… CONTINUE READING

at a crossroad and some hard decisions to make

at a crossroad and some hard decisions to make

February 26, 2009 |  Category:   life parenting

If you’re a parent of preschool-age children and if you also live in NYC, then you’ve probably been dealing with preschool application hell and the all consuming ritual of waiting for acceptance/rejection letters, waiting lists, and gambling away tuition deposits. The preschool application process is truly the most ridiculous part of living in the city. Because demand outnumbers actual spaces, the whole daycare/preschool situation is way more dreadful and competitive than it ever needs to be, with parents waiting in line the night before to receive applications the following morning (yes, this really happens). Somehow, I avoided the whole mess with Mia and was extremely lucky to get her into the school she is now without any pain since we’ve… CONTINUE READING

it all just happens too fast

it all just happens too fast

January 10, 2009 |  Category:   life parenting

…and your 2 year old is suddenly talking in these complex, sophisticated sentences and your 4 year old is drawing all these pictures that actually look like the objects that she’s intending to draw – you know, trees that look like trees, people that look like people, and kitchens that really look like kitchens (yeah, she likes to draw kitchens). M is turning 5 in a month and for the last few months now, she’s been talking about her birthday, planning her party and telling EVERYONE. Since she doesn’t know how to spell many words, she’s been planning her party by drawing them and coming up with different themes. I think the last thing that she came up with was… CONTINUE READING

winter into summer

winter into summer

April 23, 2008 |  Category:   life parenting

Mia’s got a nice collection of plants on her windowsill and the wildflowers she planted from seeds is thriving into a nice potted mix of different leaves and stalks – can’t wait to see what kind of flowers come out of this. It’s pretty cool that she can see the whole process from seed to plant to flower. This weekend we’re headed back to the burbs to buy more cases of oranges, butter and flour, but to also go to a nursery to pick up some herbs and flowers for our 2 balconies. We usually grow cherry tomatoes, rosemary, thyme, sage and mint that we pick all summer long for cooking. It already feels like summer these days. Spring is… CONTINUE READING

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