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amy-palleson's picture
Jun.27.2012
By 10 p.m., I was exhausted.   The espresso shot I’d had at 5:30 p.m. and the back-up shot I’d had at 6 (I like to overdo things, as in “If one is good, then two is extra-good”) had both worked their way through my system, and now it was 10, and I was falling in and out of sleep. ...
andrea-passman-candell's picture
Jun.26.2012
Slowing down time Visiting what’s going to be our oldest boys elementary school in the fall makes my heart flutter.  I need to catch my breath. Ironically, I got the same feeling on space-mountain this year.  I walk past classrooms with artwork done in Crayola and it hits me…This ride is...
tracy-ewens's picture
Jun.19.2012
"Because I said so." Not a phrase recommended in parenting books because it strips a child of all power and can be belittling.  Better to give an answer that is firm, but provides an explanation.  This makes the child feel validated even though the outcome is not what they want. I...
mary-allison-tierney's picture
Jun.19.2012
  I watched a beautiful sunset jiggle and dip through the redwood trees that lined a winding two-lane road out the small back windows of an ambulance.  I was strapped down and every few miles the driver would pull over and he and my attending EMT would switch roles, take my vitals and I...
mary-allison-tierney's picture
Jun.19.2012
  Two years ago I had the privilege of participating in my nephew’s birth. When I arrived,  I waited behind the curtain until her contraction peaked and then went in to say hello.  “You’re a liar and I hate you”, she said weakly.  While it was best that she didn’t witness my...
tracy-ewens's picture
Jun.18.2012
  A laundry mat is really not the place to make life decisions, but sometimes they work out. When Michael and I first started living together we rented this one and a half room place with concrete floors, before they were trendy, and a living room that barely had enough room for a futon (wow...
mary-allison-tierney's picture
Jun.06.2012
  After nineteen loops around the sun, my parenting journey has included a lot of firsts.  Especially in these last few weeks, and while a better mother might never admit that she has a favorite child, an honest mother would snort at such bullshit, and top off my Pinot Noir.  For...
diana-holquist's picture
Jun.04.2012
I just finished reading Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman and it led me to wonder, what culture will be the next big thing?  Eskimos? Why not? Oh, wait. It's already been done. I think we all need to stop, take a deep breath, and really think about parenting and parenting books. What...
diana-holquist's picture
May.12.2012
By now I'm sure you've all seen this not-at-all *ahem* provocative cover from Time Magazine with the headline: "Are You Mom Enough?" Maybe you've even seen this hilarious spoof from the brilliant Scary Mommy: ARE YOU MOM ENOUGH!?!? Seriously? More mommy wars? Really? Do we need this? So, in...
suzy-hayman-deyoung's picture
Apr.23.2012
Ah, hindsight: If we knew then what we know now, what would we, as parents, have done differently?  In reflective moments, everyone (but especially parents) plays that  “woulda, coulda, shoulda” game.  Worry less … Have more patience … Follow my instincts … Say “I love you” more...