Category Archives: General Parenting

First Grade

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Thursday. My daughter’s bedroom . 7:15 a.m. It’s time to get ready for school. The poor dear wakes up tired. We had been at her grandparents’ the night before for a holiday dinner. Now, she doesn’t want to go to school. She really doesn’t want to. She prefers to stay home and play with her […]

Football Banter

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I sat on the bleachers with a sense of relief, eager to face the end of football season. Every game I take a book. Every game someone sits next to me and asks, “Is that a book?” On cue, I put it away, and shake my head as if I haven’t a clue how that […]

Poor Cindermama

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Back when my daughter Olivia was a toddler, Disney re-released Cinderella on video and so I was treated to non-stop, continuous daily showings of the film. At the time, I didn’t appreciate the unending film loop, and was particularly annoyed by the “girl-saved-by-generic-prince” theme and the grating speech impediments of the talking mice. But lately, […]

Adjusting

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It’s a warm spring afternoon and I am at the playground with an old friend and her neighbor, a woman I have met a few times. Between us we have five boys, who are making good use of the equipment while we sit in the weak sunshine and chat. Two of those boys are mine–the […]

Starting Over

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“What will you do?” she asks. Right there in the middle of Cub Foods while shoving a box of Cheerios into her cart. After the question has been asked a few times, and you aren’t taken so off-guard by it, you stop your stammering and searching for an answer and instead you watch the woman […]

TGIF

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It was a breezy morning. The curtains on the window billowed, blowing in the cool morning air that gently ruffled the bangs of my hair across my face. The birds were singing the glories of the nearly autumn sunshine and the crickets joined their cheery chorus. I promptly pulled the comforter over my head. I […]

Doing Their Jobs

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“Stop driving me crazy, ” I barked at my children in the drug store. Two-year-old Jared was wound up, and not about to let my cranky mood dampen his excitement. Five-year-old Olivia was apparently also ignoring my mental and physical collapse. “You don’t need to touch everything,” I screamed. “And stop pushing.” My yelling only […]

The Dinner Hour

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From Toddler: Real-Life Stories of Those Fickle, Urgent, Irrational, Tiny People We Love. Edited by Jennifer Margulis. Seal Press: October, 2003. Available in bookstores nationwide. “It’s five o’clock,” insists my daughter Avery with her usual authority. The strength of will and conviction of a three-year-old can be awe-inspiring, particularly by five o’clock. It’s actually only […]

On Second Chances

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It finally happened. I told myself (and everyone I know) that it would never happen. But it did, last Saturday, as I made my weekly rounds at my favorite discount store: I paused in the baby aisle, thought about having a second baby, and emitted a wistful sigh. I hold my son responsible for this. […]