Month: November 2016

Honey, there’s a flying squirrel in our dining room

Honey, there’s a flying squirrel in our dining room

Early Monday morning, we came downstairs to find our two cats going absolutely mental, trying to get at something under our dining room buffet. This is what we could see: Despite the fact that this is a fluffy tail, and obviously NOT a rat, it took […]

How do you teach kids to be thankful?

How do you teach kids to be thankful?

A major parenting priority of mine is to raise kids who give back. To me, that means kids who not only recognize that there are people less fortunate than us, but who will also step up to help.   The basic requisite here is that […]

Cooking with Kids: Real Mac and Cheese

Cooking with Kids: Real Mac and Cheese

It was a cold and windy November day… While many people saw major snowfall today, we got blasts of bitter (and leafy) cold. Babyboy got it in his head that he wanted mac and cheese. Wonderful! Warm gooey comfort food. But it had to be […]

What’s the meaning of this? 

What’s the meaning of this? 

Today I’ve experienced a small, but odd coincidence that has left me wondering: Okay. The election happened; Leonard Cohen died; and suddenly versions of Cohen’s famous song “Hallelujah” started popping up everywhere.  While Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton, Susan Boyle, and Pentatonix are no doubt […]

What would I do if I saw someone being harassed? A story and a guide.

What would I do if I saw someone being harassed? A story and a guide.

Friday evening on the subway ride home, I witnessed something that made me uncomfortable, and compelled me to step forward. Was it harassment? Was it a hate crime? Was it any kind of an attack? Not… quite. Was one human being singled out from the […]

Where is Captain Underpants when we need him? No, but seriously- How do we talk to our children about the election?

Where is Captain Underpants when we need him? No, but seriously- How do we talk to our children about the election?

I’m mostly worried about the kids. They’ve been hearing about the election at school, and asking about it. Babygirl, a few weeks ago: “Mama, Stevie says Donald Trump is a bad man and a bully and he shouldn’t be president. He’s not president is he?” […]

The one political thing you need to read today was written by a Marine

The one political thing you need to read today was written by a Marine

This. This one essay by former Marine Corps officer Jake Cusack offers an empathetic and no doubt authentic explanation for both Donald Trump’s popularity, and why we should defeat him at all costs. Since you know you’ll be obsessively following the election all day, add […]

Should we let our kid hang out by himself most of the time?

Should we let our kid hang out by himself most of the time?

Babyboy will spend all day lying on the floor reading Captain Underpants and then creating his own silly comic books, if we let him. Yes, he interacts with his little sister, and occasionally they create fantastic narratives using Legos, matchbox cars, and plastic animal figurines. […]

Ain’t this the truth!

Ain’t this the truth!

Refreshing post about well- meaning but sort of ridiculous pediatric recommendations adding to the stresses of new motherhood, from a doctor- blogger: All Mothers Are Not Kate Middleton