Yes, there are plenty of well-written and thoroughly researched books, articles, and blog posts on parenting tips written by seasoned parents, retired teachers, and respected professionals in the fields of medicine and psychology.
However, if you are ever in the market for parenting tips from someone who is just starting out and knows absolutely nothing about raising children, here are a few. more
In the intervening years, I had glimpses of the kind of parent Tim would be. During any gathering where kids were present, at some point I would look around to find them draped on Tim. More than once, the arrangement was a kid around his shoulders and one clinging to each leg. 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
We’ve been rushing around the past few days. Yesterday, we visited with two moms groups, went to the Y and dropped the baby in the Kids’ Zone, and then scurried to meet a visiting cousin for dinner, not getting home until way past bedtime (for all of us). No wonder we had a crankypants on our hands before the food arrived. And the baby wasn’t happy, either! more
Summer growing season is upon us! No more tasteless tomatoes in the grocery store! For the next few months, fruits and vegetables will beckon you with their fragrance, hinting at the bright flavors and sweetness just under the skin. 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