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Why I Won’t Let My Kids Do the Laundry Perhaps the most difficult thing about parenting teens is letting go–ceding control over their lives, or recognizing that you never really had any control–and preparing them to leave you. When my girls were toddlers, their wise grandparents told me this, … Continue reading →
January 29, 2013
The Anniversary of My Miscarriage Every year, at the end of January, I feel a little sad. This began in 1997, when I was nearly 11 weeks into my second pregnancy and I miscarried. There were so many reasons not to be sad–to be hopeful–then … Continue reading →
January 17, 2013
My Daughter & Her Boyfriend’s Jeans I’m standing at the kitchen sink when my eldest walks past me to the table to pack her lunch. “What’s all over your pants?” “They’re distressed.” “Did you rip them?!” “No, they came like that. It’s a style.” She pauses for effect … Continue reading →
January 7, 2013
Parenting Teens & Anxiety Dreams I have a recurring nightmare. It’s not a classic anxiety dream, like the ones where you find yourself standing naked at a podium with no notes or teleprompter. Mine is a maternal dream. In my dream, my teenage daughter, my mother-in-law, and I are standing on the Golden Gate Bridge… Continue reading→
January 2, 2013
My New Year’s Eve Glimpse of Life After Kids Do you and your spouse ever wonder what kind of couple you will be “after?” I mean, after the children are grown, after they’re out of the house? I can only vaguely remember what we were like in the early BC years of our marriage… Continue reading→
December 27, 2012
My Son’s Imaginary Friend is a Criminal When my children were younger, and people would inevitably remark about how well they “entertained themselves,” I would reluctantly acknowledge that I encouraged them by ignoring them. I never neglected my children, and I was enchanted by them–I read them … Continue reading →
December 17, 2012
My Parenting Mistake: I Didn’t Talk to My Son About Sandy Hook I have made many mistakes as a parent. But none as terrible as the one I made this weekend. I am struck by this realization as I drive my son to school this morning. Perhaps it is the act of … Continue reading →