The Extreme Guide to (Sometimes Sad) Parenting

It’s no secret that I love a good Bravo show. So when the previews started– and I even got a press release about Extreme Guide to Parenting— I knew it was must see TV for me on multiple levels. The six episodes recently finished and it’s clear to me why the docu-series featuring nine families […]

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I not only get to write books these days, I also get to write ABOUT books

Books are my life these days– and I wouldn’t have it any other way! If I’m not reading or writing about my own book, I’ve been enjoying writing about *other* people’s books. As a non-fiction writer I especially appreciate the clear prose and narrative, but research-based, focus in books like Emily Bazelon’s Sticks and Stones. Here’s […]

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

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, […]

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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 […]

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The Sociology of the Teen Mom Series (in the Media)

MTV’s Teen Mom juggernaut (which includes Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2, along with the 16 & Pregnant series that inspired the follow-ups) is a treasure trove for sociologists. It often shows the inter-generational transmission of poverty (particularly powerful you see it unfold before you); linked to this is much about education, health, technology, and […]

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