My Dear Graduates

Akademische_Feier_accadis_Bad_Homburg

For some reason, nobody ever asks me to give the commencement address at their local high school or college. This despite the fact that I promised to wear pantyhose and everything, and to leave the bottle at home. Bunch of anti-Semites. Anyway, I’m not one to be bitter. I’m not going to let this snubbing gnaw away at me. I’m just going to go ahead and write that speech anyway, and print out several copies of it, and keep them in the diaper bag in the car, next to the Luger PO8 and the farewell n … [Read more...]

Carve Out Time for These Few Essentials

AS0000019F08 Pregnancy, pregnant mother with child

You'll also find regular exercise gives you more energy to do something that is absolutely essential: putting in some one-on-one time with your other kids. It's all too easy for them to feel displaced and neglected when the new baby comes, so it is essential to carve out some special time to connect with them, consistently and intentionally, academically, emotionally, spiritually, and just for some plain old silly old mommy-and-me fun, or else they will grow up to be crack whores.Read the … [Read more...]

So you want to start a blog?

This isn't a picture of a blog, but it is a picture! Always have a picture.

 Every so often, someone asks me for tips on launching a new blog. Here is some general advice for the typical popular blog. I don't take all this advice myself, but it's still all good practice.Experienced bloggers, what would you add? To increase your audience:-Always include a picture. People are much more likely to read and share a post that has an illustration of some kind.* -Post everything on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus once or twice, and … [Read more...]

I refuse to worry about what my kids eat for dinner.

boy eating beet for some reason

Today, I'm making Zuppa Toscana. When I share recipes I'm trying, people often ask, "Will your kids really eat that?" The answer is: some of them, yeah. Some of them, no way. A few of them, maybe. And I am fine with that. I have two goals when I serve a meal: at least half the family should eat it, and mealtimes should be reasonably pleasant.My policy is: I decide what to cook, and they decide whether or not to eat it.We don't have food battles (or food cold wars). We don't save plates … [Read more...]

Welcome, baby! 12 gifts that new moms want the most

baby sleeping

New baby gifts! Fun to receive, fun to give, almost impossible to get wrong.The only truly unwelcome baby present I've ever gotten was tucked into the bottom of a "welcome, new baby!" basket from my church: it was a pamphlet titled something like, "So, Hear Me Out, Now. There's This Thing Called NFP That You Might Maybe Want to Try. . . ". And yes, this was after I had literally written the book on NFP.I really can't complain, though. I'm horrible about giving baby gifts, myself. I … [Read more...]

Dealing with busybodies: some practical tips

Morning_Gossip_NOLA

For a sociable or tender-hearted person, just saying, "None of your business. Buzz off!" isn't a real option. So how do we handle busybodies with grace, tact, and peace of mind?Read the rest at the Register. image "Morning Gossip NOLA" by Arnold Genthe - Photograph by Arnold Genthe via Library of Congress website [1]. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -  … [Read more...]

Dear Simcha, Vol. 1

Happy Thanksgiving!  I know that many of you are very busy and/or really depressed today.  Some of you are alone, and many, many more of you desperately wish that you were.  So, rather than tax you with a challenging or insightful essay, I thought I'd take this opportunity to clean up my inbox and answer a few of the questions that people have asked me recently. *** Dear Simcha, By this time of day, I'm supposed to be basting the turkey for the fifth or sixth time so it will be golden and de … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X