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Alabama’s Anti-Immigration Law: What Happened To Putting Children First?

October 7, 2011 by


In Montgomery, Alabama, 231 Hispanic children were absent last Thursday, the day the state’s new anti-immigration law took effect. Last week, Alabama was awarded the dubious honor of being the first state in US history to request documentation of citizenship when enrolling children in school. I’m not purporting to understand the ends and outs of […]

Potty Talk For Girls & Boys: I Believe In Equal Opportunity Bad Behavior

September 12, 2011 by


I think fart jokes are funny. My son also thinks fart jokes are funny and even though we try to curtail them, it’s difficult to contain potty talk to the actual potty. Of course, potty talk, or fart jokes are part of our culture as much as any other kind of common denominator of humor. […]

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore; Remembering 9/11

September 8, 2011 by


My kids were four and six on 9/11. I can’t remember how I heard. But I can remember wanting my children home immediately. My daughter was at pre-school and my son was at school. He was in first grade. I called my husband and we spoke about whether or not I should get our children. […]

I Talked To My Kid About September 11

September 7, 2011 by


(Image: Joe Woolhead) UPDATE: Ian Frazier wrote a column about Sal the bus driver in the New Yorker. Read it here. He describes my exact experience, that Sal flipped the bus around like a Superhero. Were you on my bus Ian Frazier? xoxo to Sal and cha-cha-cha. My bus was waiting to get into the Lincoln […]

Ask Miri: I Left My Cheating Husband… What Do I Tell Our Son?

August 24, 2011 by


Dear Miri: Two years ago, I discovered my husband in bed with another woman when my son was 16 months old. He lied and told me it was nothing. Three weeks later, I discovered he had been having an affair and treating her as his girlfriend for 8 months. I discovered thousands of emails from […]

We Love You, Man

August 17, 2011 by


After the ambulance ride and the terrifying what ifs and the thankful shock, we came home. The next few days, my son’s bloody face dripped and oozed. His head ached and his teeth throbbed and then, he began to feel better. But while he was healing, I had the privilege of watching the most touching […]

Family Trees & Half Siblings: Other Out-of-Date Ways to Qualify A Family

August 16, 2011 by


If you’re here because you read my story on Lisa Belkin’s New York Times Motherlode blog, welcome. If you arrived on Femamom because you’re a super special person, check out my guest post on Motherlode at the link above. The school nurse told my son that his sister (my daughter from my second marriage, to […]