The other night, as I was tucking her in bed (our usual night time ritual), I had a conversation with my daughter. Somehow, we got on the subject of clothes. “I love wearing dresses,” she said proudly. Full disclosure–Lily is very girly. She adores dresses the same way that I adored wearing shorts when I was little. At her age, my parents dressed me up in … Continue reading Why can’t boys wear dresses?
This is not the first and certainly not the last conversation I’ve had with my six-year-old about gender. And for what it’s worth, I can’t remember exactly everything that was said between us, so this is my rough translation of the conversation. Yesterday, while in the car, Lily said to me, “I love the Fairy books.” She’s referring to the series by Daisy Meadows, who isn’t … Continue reading Who says fairies can’t be boys?
Yesterday, while driving to the library for storytime (one of our usual weekend activities), Lily declared from the backseat, “I’m going to be a singer when I grow up!” “Oh, really?” I responded. “Yeah.” “I thought you wanted to be a teacher,” I said. She’s told me about her grown up dreams of wanting to be a teacher, then an illustrator, and now, a performer, … Continue reading A girl can dream, right?
This afternoon, I was intrigued by what I saw in a New York Times newsletter. It said, “Consciously or not, many parents either replicate or rebel against their own upbringing.” This pretty much sums my up entire childhood and how I feel as an adult, as a parent of two kids. I am a rebel, so to speak. I was born into a Catholic family … Continue reading On parenting and religion
It happens like clockwork. Every night, when we sit down for dinner (sounds crazy, I know, but we do it), my son James will take one look at his plate then immediately says, “nana” or banana. This request frustrates me to no end. Many nights, I sit there seething, glaring at him while my daughter concurrently tries to eat as slow as possible. She picks … Continue reading The picky eater
2018 First quarter recap Every morning for the past three months, my alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. About five minutes later, I’d trudge out of bed, slowly at first, then stumble into the kitchen, turn on the coffeemaker, and then make my way to the bathroom to brush my teeth and go to the bathroom. Once I’m done, I head back to the kitchen, … Continue reading Breaking up with bad habits is hard to do
We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell This year in February, I turned 33. Exactly ten years ago I graduated from college–the first in my family, in fact. It was a proud moment of my life. What was supposed to be the grandest achievement in the … Continue reading I came, I conquered, and I’m here to tell: the story of my twenties
One of the facts of life is this–none of us are perfect, we all have flaws, right? But for some reason, these flaws don’t make their appearance until we become parents. At least, for me anyway. When you’re young and self-absorbed, you tend to push your flaws aside, thinking that while you acknowledge their existence they don’t make a full impact in your everyday lifestyle. … Continue reading My not-so-proud parenting moment
Hi guys, Welcome to a new edition of “Kids Say the Darnest Things” where I co-host with “TMI (Too Much Information)” and this time, I’ll share with you things I’ve recently discovered that my daughter knows, also known as “Things a toddler should not know YET (until he/she reaches high school).” Now, I consider Lily to be a very normal, average kid. She weighs about … Continue reading When Your Toddler Knows A Little Too Much (and other news)