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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. […]

My Ex Called Our Daugher A Bitch, But He Was Kidding

August 26, 2011 by


My ex-husband called our daughter a bitch. My suspicions that he harbored misogynistic tendencies were confirmed. Confirmed because calling one’s ex a bitch, while unnecessary and immature, does not a full-on jerk make. Calling a 14-year-old girl a bitch?  That, a jerk makes. Name calling is a parenting no-no.I am sure that before our daughter turned […]

My Son’s Being Bullied: I Told Him To Hit Back

July 19, 2011 by


At day camp the other day, my son’s friend, let’s call him Bobby, was being tormented by a self-anointed “King of the Wedgies.” The Wedgie King’s real name was Charlie. When I asked Jake why Charlie was King, Jake  explained: “He told us to call him that.” Charlie delivered a trademarked turbo wedgie. He’d chase […]

Life Balance: I Had to Choose Between My Dying Mother And My Infant Daughter

July 7, 2011 by


Guest Post by Jessica Sherman When I was pregnant, I imagined my first tough parenting choices would be to boob or not to boob.  I thought I might fret over a nanny or daycare. I never thought I would be choosing between putting my infant daughter to sleep or taking care of my dying mother. […]

I Hate Playdates

July 5, 2011 by


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 […]

Do I Post Pictures of My Kids on the Internet? Yes, I Do.

July 1, 2011 by


Saturday night. It was a beautiful night on the east coast. My son, Jake, 7, and I were sitting on the front porch playing chess while New York sparkled in rainbows just 12 miles away from my suburban New Jersey town. Jake had been clocking in a 103 fever since the night before, and finally, the […]

Summer Vacation: Some Kids Were Volunteering. Mine Were At The Mall.

June 30, 2011 by


How do you get your kids to volunteer and give back to the community? Miriam explores options other than the mall.