What started out as a well-intended camping trip—with pre-trip plans of canoeing on serene lakes, building castles along the beach, and burning marshmallows for s’mores have made way to rain. Indeed, enough rain that the sand has not been allowed to dry out between cloudbursts. more
Groups of women gather by the thousands on Facebook groups and around popular forums to support each other around topics such as babywearing, breastfeeding, and appreciating the paradoxical “Longest Shortest Time.” more
I found myself reading Bringing Up Bébé into the wee hours last night, ravenously curious about what French parenting revelation the author, Pamela Druckerman, would share with me next. more
When we first brought our baby home, we weren’t sure how our elderly cat, Lester, would react. I tried to put myself in his paws. His train of thought probably went something like this. more
We’re itching in our britches to leave school behind and get out into summer. Into the long summer afternoons when the days stretch into night and watermelon drips down our elbows. Tie up loose ends at school and get ready, it’s coming. more
Last fall, as my belly grew, so did my anxiety about raising a child. How will I learn what to do fast enough to apply it to my child? And then, as she grows, so will the things I’ll need to know. Sisyphus has nothing on parenting! more
My friend and I recently had an exciting adventure: the Korean spa in the suburbs of Chicago. Sharing a parking lot with the other local attraction, the mega Korean supermarket, was this beige warehouse that, save for the concrete lions flanking the entrance, gave no hint of the amazing world inside.
We’re remembering all the fallen soldiers this Memorial Day. It’s also a nice time to relax with friends and family and maybe some encased meats. Holidays in general make me pause and take stock – of my life, of time, of my world.
My daughter is only five months old, but warnings to savor this time come uninvited from both friends and strangers. “They’ll be off to college in a blink.” “The longest shortest time.” I get the ‘longest’ part. In the middle of the night when she wakes up for another straight hour on the hour, those afternoons when we’re circling the block again to not wake her. more
I read an article yesterday about how just the act of worrying makes people miserable. Great! Now I can add the effect of worrying to my list of worries!
If you asked me a year ago if I was a worrier, I would have said no. Definitively no. I know that I can’t predict or avoid the pitfalls, and there will be pitfalls, so I don’t (usually) spend time on them before I have to. more
If you’re horrified that your child is tasting their way through the world, rest assured that someone else’s child has already been there.
Do I detect notes of goat, onion, and cumin in your armpit?
Escape from it all for Memorial Day! ('All’ but people; expect them to be everywhere!)
Locating to that new country will be hard on your kids. more