Two friends have contacted me in the last week to ask for advice; friends of theirs are in the same situation I found myself in last year, with a young toddler and twins on the way. I have lots of advice: send your toddler to preschool a few mornings a week, get a great stroller . . . → Read More: It’s the new normal.
A recent NYT article profiled a handful of families and detailed their approaches to keeping (or tossing), storing and displaying their childrens’ artwork.
I blogged the story on Ohdeedoh to ask readers how they manage the prolific output of their kids. Many parents maintain a pretty high standard, with quotidian scribbles and minor works . . . → Read More: Collecting Kids’ Artwork
Kelle Hampton has a really great blog that I discovered shortly after giving birth to the girls. It wasn’t the hormones, it wasn’t the sleep deprivation, it was Kelle’s beautiful writing and candor that caused me to unleash the world’s biggest ugly cry when I read her daughter Nella’s birth story. Nella was born . . . → Read More: Darn You, Kelle Hampton
Or maybe it’s just that one lady who has been everywhere this past week. I’ve turned this over in my head endlessly. Just like everyone and their dog blog, I thought I might have something smart to say about superior Chinese mother, Amy Chua. Yeah, no. Ultimately my biggest beef here isn’t . . . → Read More: Chinese Mothers Are Media Savvy.
I can’t stop thinking about Melanie Thernstrom’s NYT Magazine piece on her “twiblings,” her children born five days apart with one egg donor, the husband’s sperm and two surrogates (she refers to them as “gestational carriers”). She and her husband pursued this path after five failed IVFs. Countless comments suggested that they should have adopted . . . → Read More: twin mom on twiblings.
Busy busy busy week! I’ve been working on a new look for this bad boy with Becca from Jumping Jax Designs. She apparently has the patience of a saint. What else? I’m finally getting my house really and truly organized and we have been celebrating Hanukkah with candles and various fried foods. Just in time, I’m . . . → Read More: Not Dead.
Last week I wrote an Ohdeedoh post about Erica Jong’s op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal. I didn’t want to foist my own opinion on readers, but I closed with a question, trying to loop back to the focus of Ohdeedoh, which is design. I can’t believe I’m quoting myself, but here:
If parenting is about . . . → Read More: Ma Jong, Or Motherhood’s Catch-22
Image by Flickr member Ken Murphy
I wrote a tamer version of this for Ohdeedoh then thought better of it… I don’t need to stir the pot over there. Here, whatevs! I’m all for it.
Two recent articles have me thinking about how parents use Facebook to keep friends up to speed. Last week the New York . . . → Read More: FB Updates About Pregnancy & Kids
Who I Am
Although I’ve been a writer for ages and contribute to several blogs under my own name, I’ve always maintained my personal blogs with a much higher level of anonymity. I’ve used aliases or no names at all, like I do here, but I’m kind of over it. I wanted to have a certain degree . . . → Read More: Who I Am, Where I’ve Been
The party in my tummy has escalated into a minor riot. For the last three days my belly has been really tender, midway between my sternum and my navel. When I spoke with a nurse from my OB’s office she asked if it was near my diaphragm and I had to stop for a . . . → Read More: THE NATIVES ARE GETTING RESTLESS