Doggone it!

Five in the past 4 months.  They fell without a fight like sorority girls at their first frat party.  Some swore they would never, and for others, it was just a matter of time.  I wasn’t prepared.  I tried to… Read moreDoggone it!

Mice and chipmunks and flumes

If you’re around my age and grew up in the United States, you’ll likely remember Sunday night television as the highlight of the week because that was when we gathered around the boob tube and watched The Wonderful World of… Read moreMice and chipmunks and flumes

Geniuses are assholes

Often, I consider geniuses–mostly because I am not one. The recent articles following Steve Jobs’s death have only added to my on-going fascination. I’ve always been interested in people who have stood out from the crowd and made a mark…. Read moreGeniuses are assholes

Schema for success

While I am a parent, I try desperately not to make this blog exclusively about the joys and challenges of parenthood. It’s not that I don’t appreciate a good mommy-blog. I have a number of mommy-blogs in my Google Reader… Read moreSchema for success

The myth of the perfect name

I used to babysit to make extra cash in college. Parents around the Upper West Side in New York knew that they could contact The Babysitters Club at my school and find any number of willing undergrads looking to score… Read moreThe myth of the perfect name

A blog as lovely as a tree

“I thought I was finished with homework,” said a mom at our bus stop. It was not the first time we stood there waiting for the bus bemoaning all the homework we parents have to do because our kids are… Read moreA blog as lovely as a tree

Wiggle it, just a little bit

Asher lost his fourth tooth on the airplane on the way to Northern Michigan. He had been twisting and wiggling for days hoping to get that sucker out of there. Asher was particularly motivated to lose his tooth on vacation… Read moreWiggle it, just a little bit

All hail Auntie Rachel

I had never taken the boys on a trip by myself. And being my son’s mother, new experiences for which I have no reference scare the bejeezus out of me. When I weighed my options, however, I decided that taking… Read moreAll hail Auntie Rachel

Sticky situations

Putting on my coat to get Asher at the bus stop, the phone rang. Caller ID told me it was the BOARD OF EDUCATION. This call usually means Asher is sick or is having a particularly bad day and that… Read moreSticky situations

At what age do they NOT want to spend time with Mom?

Asher decided not to go with Mommy (Gabriella) and Levi to the grocery store because he wanted to “keep Mom (me) company.” I cannot remember the last time Mommy offered to take both boys out anywhere and leave me to… Read moreAt what age do they NOT want to spend time with Mom?