Archive for February 2012

Response to intriguing NYT blog on toys and gender

Response to intriguing NYT blog on toys and gender
Today’s New York Times features an article in the Motherlode blog that refers to my work, along with that of esteemed colleagues Peggy Orenstein and Cheryl Kilodavis. Intelligent feminist Emily Rosenbaum wrote a thoughtful, honest piece called Loving Pink for Boys, Hating it for Girls , and I wanted to share my brief comments on... Read more »

I had no one to eat lunch with and no one to play with at recess.

“How was your day?” I asked K as we walked home. Okay,” she answered automatically and then retracted, “Well, sort of not okay.” “What happened?” I asked very casually. “I had no one to sit with at lunch and then I couldn’t find anyone to play with at recess.  Everyone ran away from me.” Of... Read more »

Remembering Donna with Love and Shaved Heads on Valentine's Day

Remembering Donna with Love and Shaved Heads on Valentine's Day
It is Valentine’s Day, a day filled with love, and one of the greatest love stories I read this year was Donna’s Cancer Story. Donna was a bright, spunky little girl who died of a rare brain tumor called papillary meningioma shortly after she turned four years old.  To know her –even if only through... Read more »
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Two Kids, Two Passions – Glad We Took Two Cars to See Star Wars

Two Kids, Two Passions – Glad We Took Two Cars to See Star Wars
It’s a good thing we took two cars. Annie Rose insisted she wanted to come with us to see the Star Wars movie.  I thought I might have to leave Episode One: The Phantom Menace early, because I was concerned that four-and-a-half-year-old Annie Rose would be frightened of Darth Maul. She and I did end... Read more »

Making Babies and President Lincoln

Making Babies and President Lincoln
Yesterday morning, as I was driving Annie Rose to preschool, we had the following chat: AR: “I miss my Safta.” Me: “Who?” AR: “My Safta.  That is Hebrew for Grandma.  Why does Yaya live in a different part of America than we do?” Me: “Well, Yaya’s home is in Florida, and ours is in Illinois. ... Read more »

A Mother Who Loves Her Child: Guest Post by Anonymous Adoptee

Guest Post by Anonymous Adoptee: Holidays always bring the meaning of family into focus and question for me.  I’ve searched every story in the “Portrait of an Adoption” guest series for another like mine.  (Is it just adoptees who search so hard for someone to relate to?) I read these stories of adoption.  I found... Read more »
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Top Ten Ways I Was a Perfect Mom Until I Had Kids

Top Ten Ways I Was a Perfect Mom Until I Had Kids
1. I will not bribe my kids.  They will behave because they have such great internal moral compasses, and complying will be what they want to do. Reality: I will let you eat Hershey kisses for breakfast if you stay in your bed tonight.  I will take you anywhere you want to go if you... Read more »