Archive for April 2012

How Do You Negotiate The Sibling Wars?

How Do You Negotiate The Sibling Wars?
The battle lines were drawn months ago. The conflict started over something neither party can even remember. The impetus never mattered, anyway. I fear this war was inevitable. It is Brother-Against-Brother in the Alperin Civil War, and our house is divided. The boys have had disagreements in the past, but nothing prepared me for the... Read more »

This is for the Want-to-Be Parents

This is for the Want-to-Be Parents
When we were getting on the plane to come home from vacation, the flight attendant gasped when she saw my 10-month-old. She said, “I’ll take him!” I responded, “You can have him!” Parents make jokes like this all the time: “Please take my children!” After I made the joke, I told myself that was the... Read more »

Coping with a Child's Chronic Illness: How Running Heals Me

Coping with a Child's Chronic Illness: How Running Heals Me
I run because I have secrets. I run because I live in fear. I run because I learned years ago that monsters are real. I have never been an athlete. I can’t catch a ball, throw a ball, hit a ball, pass a ball, serve a ball or even juggle a ball. I’ve always been... Read more »
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California Burst My Bubble (In a Good Way)

California Burst My Bubble (In a Good Way)
Two weeks ago, my husband and I took our son on our very first family vacation. We ventured out to San Francisco, California to visit my family. The weeks leading up to our trip, I worried about taking my 10 month old on a four-hour plane ride. I was very nervous about having to nurse... Read more »

Mayim Bialik and Attachment Parenting: What do you think?

Mayim Bialik and Attachment Parenting: What do you think?
                      Mayim Bialik is an actress known for the popular 1990′s tv show, Blossom. She went on to receive a Ph.D. in neuroscience. I have read a few interviews with Mayim Bialik over the years about her adherence to what people call “Attachment Parenting”. If... Read more »

Cruising with Kids, Part 3: Top 5 Lessons I Learned Aboard the Cruise Ship

Cruising with Kids, Part 3: Top 5 Lessons I Learned Aboard the Cruise Ship
After waging a campaign worthy of the military, I finally convinced my family to take a cruise over spring break. And it was a disaster. Here are the top 5 lessons that I learned (the hard way) aboard the cruise ship: 1. If the running track on your cruise ship has a mini-golf course in... Read more »
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Cruising with Kids, Part 2: Party Atmosphere Mixed with Lack-Luster Kids' Programs Equals Stressed Parents

Cruising with Kids, Part 2: Party Atmosphere Mixed with Lack-Luster Kids' Programs Equals Stressed Parents
In last Thursday’s post, Cruising with Kids, Part 1: Exhausted and Overwhelmed Before the Ship Left Port, I detailed my Ellis Island-esque experience of boarding the cruise ship. Today, I continue my account of life aboard the cruise ship. After being corralled into a series of never-ending lines, answering repetitive personal questions by strangers and... Read more »

Moms and Mental Health: A Humble Confession of Imperfection

Moms and Mental Health: A Humble Confession of Imperfection
I like my privacy as much as the next woman, but I believe I was meant to be a storyteller. The tales that have connected the most with you over the past 2 years have been about stories about my life. I have no problem sharing the joyful times, the often funny moments when I... Read more »

Home Improvement Without A Parachute

Don't love this. At all.
I love interior design blogs. I spend an unhealthy amount of time perusing all of the fabulous before and after pictures, amazed at what a resourceful person can do with white paint, flea market finds, and a healthy dose of inspiration. I think to myself, I can do that! I don’t need fancy stores full... Read more »
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Cruising with Kids, Part 1: Exhausted and Overwhelmed Before the Ship Left Port

Cruising with Kids, Part 1: Exhausted and Overwhelmed Before the Ship Left Port
I told my kids it would be a fun vacation. I told my husband it would be a relaxing vacation. I told my family that a cruise vacation would be the best vacation ever. I was wrong For years, I’ve been lured by the cruise industry commercials: Giant glossy ships floating in pristine clear-blue waters,... Read more »