September 6, 2006
(I posted a longer version of the below on Mombian.) The American family is changing. That should come as no surprise to members of this site. Rosanna Hertz’s new book, Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice: How Women are Choosing Parenthood Without Marriage and Creating the New American Family adds important insight to this transformation. […] Continue reading

September 6, 2006
My son started school on Thursday, August 30th. The following Monday, he was off for Labor Day. It is now Wednesday. Yesterday, he came home with a letter from the school, informing parents that there has been an outbreak of: Pinkeye AND lice. Lovely. In surfing the internet, I came across this article with a […] Continue reading

September 6, 2006
Motherhood has been surprisingly wonderful. I don’t know why– maybe it’s mass media’s depiction of harried, mini van-driving women in Mom Jeans or something– but I always expected motherhood to be exhausting. And frustrating. And thankless. Well, exhausting it is– but it’s an exhilirating, satisfying exhaustion. Frustrations have, thankfully, been minimal. And the smile on […] Continue reading

September 6, 2006
Does anyone have any good advice on how to talk to a contractor? We have an extremely competent, very affable guy working on our house right now. We hired him in the spring to do 2.5 projects that became four (often the way when you start getting work done – I accept that some of […] Continue reading

September 6, 2006
Fellow Mters…do you toot your own horn?  Do you shy away from compliments or thoughts of your own value?  Do you think of what can I do next, not what have I just done?  My thoughts are many regarding the ways in which we are taught to turn away from compliments regarding a plethora of […] Continue reading

September 6, 2006
So yesterday, I was driving back from the super-big, extra-special park with my son down a busy rural(ish) highway, two lanes, 50mph.  It was dinner time. On the shoulder stood a young (13?) boy, with a pile of things and a duffle bag next to him. He was thumbing for a ride. I hesitated for […] Continue reading

September 6, 2006
I had some morning sickness up to 16 weeks but this pregnancy is a breeze, or so I thought. Nothing prepared me for the sudden onset of illness a week last Saturday that ended up with me in hospital with a suspected blood clot on the lungs.I had a shower and suddenly felt hot and […] Continue reading

September 5, 2006
I was the nervous one. Ari was excited to start school, even jumping out of bed to get dressed. But these were my fears in no particular order: that I would oversleep — I rely on my internal clock to get up — that he would poop in his pants at school (he is not […] Continue reading

September 5, 2006
Editor’s Note: I actually wrote this post yesterday. So it is only pure coincidence that it is compatible with our discussion today about the physical risks we would — or would not — take as parents. Also, something that has been lost in all of this tragedy: How do children best cope with the absence […] Continue reading

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