Not Smarter Than a Fourth-Grader

This morning on the way to school, my fourth-grader and I had the following conversation.Him:  Did you know sloths move so slowly that sometimes they mistake their arm for a branch, reach for it, and then fall to their deaths?Me:  Sloths have arms?Him:  Yeah!  Of course they do.Me:  Sloths don't have arms.Him:  (disbelievingly) Yes, Mom!  They have REALLY LONG ARMS!Me:  No, they don't.Him:  Yes, they do!Me:  They do not.Him:  (patiently) Mom.  I'm talking about … [Read more...]

Banana Bread

So, you know how so many people post Facebook status updates the night before the first day of school?  "Lunches are packed!  Kids in bed!  Backpacks ready!  Forms filled out!  Relaxing with a glass of wine and hubby!" And it's only 8 p.m.?  Some dear friends of mine - and I hope they still are after reading this - but please indulge me in a rare public bitchy moment.I frikkin' HATE those status updates.  They shouldn't, but they make me feel like SUCH a loser mom - I rarely, if ever have my … [Read more...]

Lost In Suburbia – Book Review*

Lost in Suburbia - A Momoir contradicts itself right there in the subtitle.  How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself, and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs.  Apart from being a mouthful, everyone knows it's practically impossible to get your cool back in the Jersey suburbs.  Of course, I had to read.  Let me tell you, Tracy not only achieves "cool,"  she attracts "cool."  She discovers it's possible to be cool AND live in New Jersey, and she makes it clear that truly, wherever you live, being ho … [Read more...]

Brave New World of Parenting

I am so proud of my kids.  Most people are proud of their kids, but this week, I feel especially proud.My husband and I did something very scary this weekend.  We left the kids home by themselves overnight.  It was my daughter's idea.Now, those of you who have declared us delusional and insane, please allow me to explain how this situation evolved.My parents, incredibly generous souls that they are, have in the last few years taken a new approach to birthdays and anniversaries.  Once … [Read more...]


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