People like to make resolutions and start fresh on January first, but I personally love the new beginnings of September. Continue reading
Here is a fab chicken salad recipe that I totally stole from a friend who had a girls night at her house a few years ago – she served some mojitos with it, but it’s great with anything. My kids absolutely love it and it doesn’t get much easier than throwing some chicken cutlets on a grill pan.
Many times I am reminded of how lucky a person I am. Although I became a mother for the first time at the age of twenty one, I had a very loving, supportive and helpful family. They helped me to understand a lot of child behaviors that had me stumped. For instance, when my oldest son was fifteen months old, he loved to empty tissue boxes one tissue at a time. This aggravated me because I would tell him no over and over again, yet the minute I went to the bathroom or even just turned my back on him in a room, my little tissue fiend was at it again. One day my mom caught me yelling at him for this and asked me why I was so upset. Continue reading
I’ve probably said this before, but I like to pride myself on recipes that are homemade and healthy, yet easy and inexpensive to make. I’m a last minute type of person, I keep certain foods and spices and I hate having to search for obscure ingredients to make a good dinner on the quick. So when I have a craving for something, I troll for recipes, go through a bunch of them and then change them to fit my criteria. Continue reading
I’ve been trying to think of ways to build my readership so I’ve been skimming my favorite news magazines and online outlets to see what kind of child-related articles get picked up and/or talked about the most. I definitely got a taste for what’s popular, but I’m not sure this new found information is going to help me very much.
I’m not one for reality shows, gossip and the like. However I do have a thing for advice columns. I love reading about the banal (and not so) problems of fellow citizens and find good advice fascinating and useful. In fact I think I try to give it out too, in my own goofy, story telling way.
Back in December, I wrote an article about how I thought that children should believe in Santa Clause that got strong responses. I felt that my readers should know how much early childhood imagination, creativity, and emotional development is helped along by having magical characters to believe in but some of them just couldn’t see the point or value in it. Today I present to you an article about a wonderful teacher at PS 58 in Brooklyn, a man named Rob Robinson. Continue reading
This yummy smoothie came about because my 16 year old is supposed to be writing a paper for school. I forced him to sit at the kitchen table sans electronics and distractions. Yet he ingeniously found a way: look at what we have in the fruit bowl (mangoes and kiwis) and not only suggest a recipe, but volunteer to run out to the store to get the other ingredients needed! Gee thanks, T-boy! The smoothies are great – but you still aren’t getting up until your paper is done! Continue reading
All over the media is the Kaitlyn Hunt case, involving the prosecution of an 18 year old girl for having sex with a 14 year old schoolmate. It is disturbing to me but not because the participants are gay teens, I’m outraged at the prosecution of teenagers for having consensual sex. Continue reading
One of my favorite online magazines, Slate, had a funny article (read it here http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/04/16/social_networks_and_vaccination_facebook_friends_can_influence_politics.html ) about a soon to be published study in the Journal of Pediatrics regarding the prevalence of a new technique that many parents use when making vaccination decisions for their infants. They poll people on their social networks. Huh? Continue reading
To all my new moms: kids cursing is pretty much a regular stage that all kids go through. One of my favorite movie moments of all time is from “A Christmas Story” when Peter Billingsley’s character Ralphie gets busted saying the “f dash, dash, dash word” . His father who regularly curses around the house turns to him and asks him where he heard that and he gives up the name of a friend. Later on as his mom tells the other boys’ mom what he supposedly taught Ralphie, you can hear him getting his butt whipped over the telephone. Classic, hilarious. Continue reading
So I don’t have a lot of fears. Mice, rats, snakes, etc., etc. don’t bother me. My biggest fears are something happening to one of my children. That being said, I will admit that I have a thing about water bugs. Continue reading