Category: Parenting

Parenting with Bojack and Bertie

Parenting with Bojack and Bertie
Those of you who follow me on my social media (links below and you totally should), you know I’m a bit obsessed with my television. I watch Star Trek, all Star Trek, on a bit of a perpetual loop. I’m a giant nerd for Doctor Who. And I re-watch the entirety of Bojack Horseman. A lot. Bojack... Read more »

The Joys of Being a Big Kid Mom

The Joys of Being a Big Kid Mom
Last night, I held my six-year-old as long as she let me. Today, she is seven years old. I know I’m supposed to feel bittersweet or nostalgic about this, about all the birthdays my children will only ever have one time, but I don’t. Truth be told, I have been waiting for this day to come for years. There... Read more »

For All the Mothers Kissing Their Children Goodbye

For All the Mothers Kissing Their Children Goodbye
This morning I kissed my children on their not-quite-clean-enough heads, buttoned them into their slightly-too-small raincoats, packed double checked that they had lunches packed in their beginning-to-fall-apart lunchboxes, and told them I loved them. I watched them run off into the rainy morning, to climb onto the school bus and go away from me for... Read more »
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A Love Letter to my Husband on the Occasion of the Second of our Three Children Coming Down with the Flu during the Polar Vortex

A Love Letter to my Husband on the Occasion of the Second of our Three Children Coming Down with the Flu during the Polar Vortex
To my dear, amazing, spectacular husband, I know I’m a difficult person to live with. I’m moody, a dreadful housekeeper, an often reluctant cook despite a love of cooking and a genuine flair for it. I’m a selfish and mercurial lover, I yell at the children, and most importantly, I have sleep problems. Since the... Read more »

"But also," an annual exploration of September Grief

"But also," an annual exploration of September Grief
This time of year is hard. It’s hard when you have kids, and you’re transitioning from summer to school, and the children are exhausted and you’re exhausted and everyone is raw from the sudden change of pace. It’s hard when you’re Jewish, and you’re thrust into the High Holy Days, and whatever level of involvement... Read more »

It's Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, so here's an Expert!

It's Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, so here's an Expert!
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. As you know, I write a lot about mental health, but today I want to hand over this platform to an amazing mental health warrior, Sarah Fader. She’s writing here today about being a mental health advocate for your children, because early intervention is the best intervention, and an active... Read more »
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Hot Dogs, Birthdays, and Life's Big Questions

Hot Dogs, Birthdays, and Life's Big Questions
Yesterday was my husband’s thirty-sixth birthday. He has lived a third of his life knowing he has brain cancer. At some point in all of our lives, we have an existential crisis. A moment where we wake up in the morning and say to ourselves, “I’m going to die. One day, I’m going to be... Read more »

12 Reasons Having Kids Is The WORST (and 6 unexpected ways it's magical)

12 Reasons Having Kids Is The WORST (and 6 unexpected ways it's magical)
A list of things I hate about having children, in no particular order, and perhaps influenced by how long it’s been since I’ve made a family meal that doesn’t revolve around simple refined carbohydrates. Having to wake up and be responsible for people less functional than me before 7am every day Having to justify or... Read more »

Using Privilege To Bend the Moral Arc of the Universe Towards Justice

Using Privilege To Bend the Moral Arc of the Universe Towards Justice
On Sunday, I left my children behind. It felt like an absurdly privileged thing to do, to willfully drive away from my children, cross hundreds of miles, knowing I could call them at any time. That I could skype with them each evening before they went to bed. Knowing they were with family, that they were... Read more »
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Speaking for the Freedom to Opt Out of Fertility

Last week I performed this piece at a storytelling event, “Give Your Choice A Voice,” in support of Chicago NOW and the fight to protect reproductive freedom. This is the piece I performed, for your enjoyment! Fertility is Not Motherhood Deep down inside, I always knew I wanted to be a mom. It wasn’t a... Read more »