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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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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Protest Progress: Professional and Personal Development

August– the heat, the uncertainty– seem far away on this chilly November day. But I’m reminded of how I felt only a few months ago, particularly on the day I first found out what was happening at my high school in Michigan. And, now, today, when news of some resolution is shared. In August my […]

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A Bookworm’s Dream Position: New Book Review Editor at Brain, Child Magazine!

When my name first appeared in Brain, Child Magazine in the Summer of 2013, I felt I had finally arrived as a writer. With the tagline “A Magazine for Thinking Mothers,” I had long admired the publication, and dreamt of the day when hopefully something I wrote would appear on its glossy pages. I’ve been […]

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Books Are Living Things: Playing to Win continues to spark conversation

As my friend and scholar/writer Margarita Mooney likes to say, “Books have long lives.” While Playing to Win is still less than a year old, I can see how this is true as the book continues to inspire questions, dialogue, and conversations in a variety of settings. In the past two months I’ve been lucky […]

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Teaching for a LIFETIME: My thoughts on Dance Moms, Bring It!, and Kim of Queens

Welcome to the world of Anti-Abby Lee Millers… Ironically brought to you by the network that made her famous, Lifetime. Building off the success (or infamy) of Dance Moms (a show I’ve written about quite a bit), the network debuted two new series this year: Kim of Queens and Bring It! Given the descent of […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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LEANING IN to Single-Sex Education (originally appeared on The Huffington Post)

So much ink has already been used up discussing one of the hottest books in recent memory, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. For that reason I was hesitant to add my two cents, even though I had many thoughts while reading the book (Not the least of which was, “Wait, I feel like I do all […]

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Lines to Add to my Son’s Baby Resume: Infant Scientist and TV Star

Is there anything worse than a Harvard stage mother? No, there is not. When I was an undergraduate and saw all the babies going to do experiments in William James Hall, I vowed that someday my kids would do the same. But in the haze of postpartum life I forgot my promise to myself. Until […]

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