Pink Warrior Boy?

Today I faced one of my first true parenting dilemmas– and one of the first times my partner and I have disagreed on a decision. I signed my eldest son, Carston, up for town soccer where he will play on a U4 team. He needs cleats and shin guards for the first time so we […]

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Veronica Mars: The Girl Who Gets Me Through Post-Op Periods

10 years ago I discovered Veronica Mars. At the height of my obsession with Season 1 of the show, I was simultaneously recovering from major jaw surgery (which also necessitated another minor surgery after the crazy complication of a loose screw!) and studying for my General exams for my PhD in Sociology. That meant I […]

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How had I never before read The Blue Jay’s Dance?

Louise Erdrich’s The Blue Jay’s Dance is one of those books that it seems like I’ve always known about. And yet I’d never read it. When I received Daisy Florin’s lyrical, moving review of the book (published today at Brain, Child!) I knew I had to read it. Florin’s summary and the ways in which […]

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Jump! Bigger than the ropes

I can now say that thanks to a Lifetime reality show something I wrote is a little bit less true. The four-episode Jump! about a double dutch team in New Jersey showed me that jump-roping has more to do with teamwork than I previously thought. In Chapter 1 of Playing to Win I detail the […]

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A Life That’s Good/You’re So Beautiful: Thoughts on Empire and Nashville

I’ve never been a big live music person; in fact, I can probably count on my hands the number of concerts I have attended. That said I *love* musicals, which helps explain why I enjoy watching ABC’s Nashville and Fox’s Empire (though I was late to the game on this one and recently binge-watched the […]

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The Privilege of Passion

Last week the always reflective Motherlode ran a very thoughtful and insightful essay by Lisa Heffernan, “Our Push for ‘Passion,’ and Why It Harms Kids.” Heffernan actually makes the case that some forms of manufactured passion hurt not just the kids, but the whole family. Part of the reason why her essay is compelling (besides […]

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Grief and Gratefulness: Social Media Connections

When you blog and are active on social media you virtually meet others, who then introduce you to others. Even though I’ve never met some of these people in real life (aka “IRL”) I follow their lives, their children’s lives, and often their friends. That’s how I “met” Lisa Bonchek Adams and Phyllis Sommer. They […]

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Playing around with Books and TV Shows

I’ve been writing elsewhere lately about various different interests– my kids, playing, pageants, figure skating, books, TV shows, and child geniuses. You can check out these three different pieces by clicking on the titles: 1) Play, Outsourced– Written as part of the blog series, 28 Days of Play, about what impacts and at times impedes […]

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Reading and Reviewing Parenting Books: The Long View

It’s no secret that I am a voracious reader. So when I read that people no longer want to read a book— or certain type of book— it makes me very sad. Especially given that one of my hats is as Book Review Editor at Brain, Child Magazine (obviously focusing on books related to parenting). […]

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America’s new child genius

I loved the cover story of the January 24th issue of The Economist so much I even took notes. “America’s new aristocracy: Education and the inheritance of privilege” is spot on in so many ways. As the leader says, “Today’s rich increasingly pass on to their children an asset that cannot be frittered away in […]

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