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Saving Play

[The following post is sponsored by Playworld Systems.] When I was growing up I had a lot of freedom to play on my own. I could roam around my neighborhood, play with other children, put on talent shows, have adventures, make new friends, scrape my knees, get into arguments, make up, invent games, and discover […]

It’s A Miracle That All Sensible Parents Aren’t In Jail

I have a little quiz for you. The biggest problem facing children in the United States of America today is: A) Strangers roaming the streets and parks, poised to snatch your children the moment you turn your back OR B) A complete lack of independence leading to obesity, boredom, and children who reach adulthood without […]


Tears, Cookies, And The Violent Femmes

At this point, I can’t be coy about loving the weeks when my daughter is at sleepaway camp – I’ve been too outspoken to attempt any kind of sentimentally about it. Perhaps this year she sensed it more, or was just being extra emotional about going, but a few days ago she sat down at […]


Like Clockwork, It’s Time To Ban Ice Cream and Icees again

Every year, when the weather gets warm. parents complain about how the ice cream truck makes their children cry. Their logic goes like this: “I don’t want my child to have ice cream. But I don’t want my child to be indoors. There are ice cream trucks outdoors. When I won’t let my child buy […]


BMI Rant Part THREE!

Years ago I wrote about what happened when Jake came home from school with a letter saying that he was obese. A few days ago I wrote about it again, because this nonsense is again making news in NYC. And yesterday, my daughter came home from school with her BMI report. My daughter, who is […]


BMI and Kids: Why It’s Bullshit

Today the NY Post ran a story about a girl in Staten Island who was told by her school that she was fat. One look at her and it’s obvious that she’s anything but. However, the notice from her school wasn’t based on looking at her, it was based on her BMI – body mass […]


James Bond Needs A Calendar

It’s Spring Concert week at Jake’s school, a week I actually like very much. The concerts at his school are fantastic. But it stresses me out that he has to wear a suit a couple of times during concert weeks – once during the school day and once for the evening concert. An organized person […]


I’ve always Hated Breakfast In Bed

The two special reasons why I get to be apathetic about the second Sunday in May I think Omer might have made a Mother’s Day breakfast in bed for me once or twice early on, when the kids were too young to do it themselves, but wanted me to have it. And as much as […]


The Day My Son Pointed A Gun At My Face

Fiona and Jake at an anti-gun rally in 2013 Four or five years ago I went to a birthday party at my step-brother’s house in Kansas. I don’t know my step-brother well. I don’t know any of my step-siblings well, and I have a lot of them. But my dad got remarried when I was […]


A Smelly Easter Craft That Will Be Awesome Next Easter

I’m not crafty. I can follow instructions well enough no matter what the project is, but I’m not naturally crafty. I don’t even have a “craft area” in my house. Which is why I got the brilliant idea to do an Easter craft last year at my mom’s house. By the way, did you know […]