Category Archives: Parenting Methods

Raising Unwired Kids in a Wired World

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Photo: Nevit Dilmen I have a confession to make. I don't own a cell phone. Actually, it's worse than that. I don't own a microwave or a digital camera, either. There are no video games, no Kindles, and no flat screen TVs in our household. I don't Tweet, and I'm not on Facebook. My nine-year-old […]

The ‘Good Enough’ Mother

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I have a confession. I am not the perfect mother and I never will be. The bad news is that I am not even striving for perfection in mothering. This may shock some people who have been caught in the wake of my self-proclaimed perfectionism. It is true that in most things I have a […]


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Photo: Rudi Kennard The other day I was catching up with a friend and hearing about her eight-month-old baby. It was like a newly-deployed soldier at the front talking to another who just finished a tour of duty. The conversation went something like this: Friend: “I think nursing is taking a lot out of me. […]

He’s a Baby, Not an Accessory

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Photo: Jacqueline Hunkele *Ring, ring* Hello? Hi, it’s me. Just wanted to see if you’re coming on Saturday. Yup. Fantastic. Can’t wait to see the three of you. Um, it’s just the two of us. What? You’re not bringing The Baby? Why not? Because it just wouldn’t be appropriate given the event and location. But, […]

The Peanut Gallery

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Photo: Stephanie Phillips When Michael Jackson was booked on child molestation charges, he put me in a difficult position. I twisted my neck to watch my young son, Alex, react to the news. He studied the television where burly men marched the pop singer into the Santa Barbara police station. Some things are difficult to […]

Queen of Nags

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I have a genetic predisposition to nag. This, coupled with control freak tendencies, is a recipe for catastrophe.   My resolve in resisting this impulse was successful until our family moved, and remodeled our new home while we inhabited the construction zone. Over a period of months, this living arrangement resulted in the disintegration of […]

Mommy I’m A Gas Station

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Photo: Ahmed Hussam We all screw up as parents at some time or another. Just three days ago I left my 2 month old, 17 month old and 2-and-a-half year old in the car (while it was running) while I jumped out to grab a brochure. Mind you, the brochure was an arm’s length out […]

The Cult of Motherhood

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Photo: Pontus Edenberg I hate to be the one to break this to you, but we moms have more in common with Katie Holmes than we’d like to think. That’s right. Because when we popped out that kid, we got an automatic membership to a special cult of our very own. It’s called “THE NAP”. […]