Teach Your Children R-E-S-I-L-I-E-N-C-Y

Brain, Child Summer 2013 cover

Since before I became a mother I have loved reading Brain, Child. It’s tagline is, “The Magazine for Thinking Mothers,” and it’s been called “The New Yorker for Moms.” So you can imagine how excited I was when a piece I wrote appeared in this summer’s issue. It’s a book review of Madeline Levine’s latest […]


Novels about Teen Musicians, Romance, and Competition: The Lucy Variations and Allegra

Front cover of The Lucy Variations from Amazon

As I’ve said before, I’m a voracious reader. I like reading most types of fiction, even if they are young adult or middle grade– especially if they deal with subjects that interest me as a researcher, which include kids and competition in afterschoool activities like athletics and dance. Stories about young performers seem to particularly […]


Unleashing Momsters: It’s a Small World of Pageant Reality (originally published on Huffington Post Celebrity)

Unleashing a Momster Amazon cover

CLICK HERE TO READ ON THE HUFFINGTON POST CELEBRITY! When Season 6 of TLC’s controversial hit Toddlers & Tiaras premieres on June 5 many of its usual cast of crazy characters will be absent. Some of the tiny tots made famous by the reality show have since “retired,” including Paisley Dickey, Isabella Barrett and Eden […]


Shrinking and Pinking: Sex, Sports, and Sociology

Samantha Yarnell and Taylor Jones, Rich Cooler for Daily

It’s always fun when a sociological study makes it into the mainstream press (for a good reason)– especially one about sports. A new paper out in the International Review for the Sociology of Sport titled, “Where are the female athletes in Sports Illustrated? A content analysis of covers (2000–2011),” has been making the rounds, especially […]


More Talking, and Writing, about Competition (while being a mom)!

Photo of Ricardo Portillo, Rick Bowmer for AP

It’s been a busy week; and I suspect it will continue to get busier as I prepare for the release of Playing to Win– or at least I hope so! Before detailing those though, some thoughts on making all this work as a mom: On the day I did the two TV appearances described below, […]


Pint-Sized Phenoms: Creating and Destroying While Setting Records

Guan Tianging and Tiger Woods at Masters, Don Emmert Getty Images

For the most part, Guan Tianlang, had a pretty good month. At 14 not only is he the youngest player *ever* to participate in the Masters, but he also was the only amateur to make the cut, earning him additional coverage (which thankfully wasn’t overshadowed by the latest Tiger Woods scandal). While Tianlang did have […]


Writing, Writing, Writing, and Writing (Talking, too) about Competition

Playing to Win cover on Amazon

I’ve been writing so much lately, partly in preparation for the release of Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture (have I mentioned you can pre-order it now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or the University of California Press’ website?!), that I decided to do a writing round-up this week. These four different […]


What Suzy Lee Weiss, Susan Patton, and Claire Vaye Watkins Have in Common

The Ivy League

Every year around April 1st we get a wave of news coverage about college admissions. Even though research has not (yet) shown that attending an elite school means you’ll make more money, lots of other studies suggest that it does matter. Often the ways it matters are difficult to measure, but they include social networks […]


Shrinking and Pinking: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Women In Sport Press Conference- 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards

This time of year is always a big one for female athletes– especially with the recent popularity of NCAA basketball superstars like Brittney Griner and Skylar Diggins. While it’s so important to celebrate these victories, it’s also important to remember the ways in which we still have room to grow when it comes to female […]


My Son’s First Mitzvah: Why We Banked His Cordblood (Originally appeared on JewishBoston.com)


THIS POST ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON JEWISHBOSTON.COM. CLICK HERE TO READ IT THERE! At my son Carston’s bris I proudly announced that he had already completed his first mitzvah—or at least I hoped he had. Shortly after he came into this world, Carston gave up some blood—cord blood. He didn’t really have to do anything, but […]