Browsing Archives of Author »Elizabeth S. Leaver«

PMS Training for Boys: My Sons’ Wives Can Thank Me Later

July 11, 2011


I start each summer with a couple of groan-inducing “cultural outings” in mind, and this year I was bent on seeing a particular exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. I was told it would be crowded and to get there early, so on the appointed day I was all business: Get up! […]

I Hate Playdates

July 5, 2011


I loved when my kids were small, and I miss it every day. I loved their little friends too. But the social construct that is the modern-day American playdate? I’m shuddering as we speak. I confess: I hate playdates. I find them way more trouble than they’re worth, in every sense. There are folks out […]

My Mother Asked Me to Grade Her Parenting, and I Gave Her an ‘F’

June 20, 2011


No, really. I did. Which would lead anyone to the understandable conclusions that I’m a horrible person/daughter, I had an abysmal childhood, and I hate my mother. None of which is actually true. Considering the fact that we’re really nothing alike, my mother and I get along pretty well, and for the most part, we […]