Book Review: Us by David Nicholls

If I had a list called “Books I Didn’t Think Were Good but Is Actually Really Good,” the book Us by David Nicholls would top the list (along with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Crazy Rich Asians). It’s the kind of story that I would write if I were to write a book (although… Continue reading Book Review: Us by David Nicholls

How to talk to your child about death

I may be making a big assumption here, but I would say that most people’s first memory involves something pleasant—being held by someone who loves them, riding a fun ride at an amusement park, meeting a new sibling, getting a puppy, receiving toys for Christmas, riding a bike, etc. My first memory involves nothing of… Continue reading How to talk to your child about death

What works for one might not work for another

Lately, I've decided on one thing--that there is too much literature on how to be a parent. You'd think that with the age group most primed to be having kids right now (millennials) are having less kids and having them later in life that there would be less articles, blog posts and books on parenting,… Continue reading What works for one might not work for another

How to teach your kids about money

I stumbled upon some rather interesting content today on the web about the intersection between money and children. For example, this article on Inc.com says that parents are not discussing a crucial topic with their kids--student loans and credit card debt, based on "research" done by an online lender called SoFi, which was really just… Continue reading How to teach your kids about money

Why can’t boys wear dresses?

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… Continue reading Why can’t boys wear dresses?

Observations from a silent PTA mom

This week, I've been thinking about parent teacher associations. As the school year is coming to a close, there is no doubt a lot of fundraising going on. And as you may have guessed, my daughter's PTA is in full action mode. Somehow I got included in an email chain that began in March (perhaps… Continue reading Observations from a silent PTA mom

A girl can dream, right?

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… Continue reading A girl can dream, right?

Snow day 2019

Well, snow came and gone this weekend. Like a woman in labor, it began its descent in the early hours of Saturday morning, when we were all asleep, and we woke up to almost a feet of snow. So, what's a mom to do but take her kids outside for fun in the snow? Unfortunately,… Continue reading Snow day 2019

On parenting and religion

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,… Continue reading On parenting and religion