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He’s Such a Douche Bag: We’re A Cursing Kind Of Family

September 15, 2011 by


For me, one of the most difficult tasks of early parenthood was learning not to swear. I missed saying ‘fuck this‘ and ‘fuck that‘ and the always satisfying, ‘fuck you‘. I missed spitting out the word ‘shit‘ anytime something didn’t work. Like, Immediately. When my children were pre-verbal and mushy and portable.When they smelled good […]

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 […]

“I’m Fighting The Nazis, Mom” — Talking to Kids About The Holocaust

August 1, 2011 by


After watching Indiana Jones multiple times last summer, I found Jake one day in his room with a belt tied diagonally across his shoulder, wrapping around his waist. A hat on his head and a rope in his hand. “What’re you doing buddy?” I asked. “Playing Indiana Jones,” he said. “Oh, yeah?” I laughed at […]

Making Peace With Sibling Rilvary

July 27, 2011 by


My son and daughter are twenty–five months apart. I have spent time worrying about their future relationship. Fretting about whether or not they will support and care and love each other as grown ups. It’s a stretch to imagine them traveling to see each other let alone picking up a phone to call each other […]

Brothers: I Fear My Kids Won’t Get Along

July 25, 2011 by


Guest Post by Amy Yelin   Every time I meet a mom with grown sons, I ask the same two questions: Do they get along? And do they still love their mama? Thankfully, almost always, they still love their mom. As far as their getting along, it’s 50-50. My boys, narrowly spaced at ages four […]

The Tree of Life: A Conversation With My Daughter About Loss and Life

July 20, 2011 by


I swear, this was supposed to be a post with levity. After all, last week we tackled PMS, spanking and a photograph of a migrant worker and her hungry children. This week I decided to make things a little lighter. Or attempt to. Levity isn’t always my strong suit. After Gail’s piece ran on Monday, […]