Amy a.k.a Amy_Weitman
Amy Weitman is the dedicated and inventive writer behind the fictional ModernMom Chronicles. Amy received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California and earned a teaching credential from Pepperdine's School of Education. She has been a full-time ModernMom for eleven enlightening years. In addition to writing, Amy enjoys reading and spending time with her family, friends and dog, Freddy. She resides with her two loving children and husband in sunny Santa Monica, Calif.
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Is it the tryptophan in turkey that leads to holiday exhaustion? It certainly couldn’t be the reason I tend to feel tired until New Year's. Stay awake until midnight on purpose? You’ve got to be kidding. Maybe it’s estrogen-related because most women I know experience the same seasonal symptoms.
Today marks the anniversary of September 11th. The media will be saturated with stories, images and news as we remember this tragic day. I still remember my then 2-year-old daughter playing with toys in the next room while I watched the towers collapse on the news. I was frightened for New York, the United States and of course, my child.
During the hot summer months, kids all over the country pack their bags and head off for a few weeks of fun outdoor adventures at sleepaway camp. In the 1980’s, sleepaway camp wasn’t an option for a lower middle-class family like mine. Latchkey kids spent the summer parked in front of the TV.
Has your best friend at mommy group been more interested in listening to her iPod than stories about your child’s sleeping habits? Is she unusually sullen about this weekend’s plans? Developed a sudden penchant for cut off demin shorts paired with ankle booties?
I didn’t change out of sweatpants until my youngest child was in kindergarten. So, it amazes me that fellow moms Lisa Brochu and Lauren Walker find time to not only look stylish but also manage and design a successful clothing line- Brochu Walker.
I love kids but sometimes I hate parents. This might come as a shock - as part of ModernMom, I work to perpetuate the idea of mothers supporting one another. However, when it comes to the ultra-competitive parents among us, I am ready to give up hope.
How often do you find yourself simultaneously tending to your child and work? According to a newly published study in the American Sociological Review the answer to the above question would be, quite often. Most moms are spending more hours multitasking and it’s making us grumpy!
It’s reunion season!
I could drive my kids to school every day, but I choose not to. They both take the school bus and I honestly feel like I’m doing them a favor by not providing mom chauffeur service. Because every time that big yellow bus pulls away from the curb, I’m preparing them for the real world. Here’s what it teaches them:
Standing on the sidelines of the soccer field I realize that I am now an official "soccer mom." But I don't think I'm the woman whom political strategists appealed to into the 1996 elections when they first coined the term. I don't drive a mini van. I don't wear mom jeans.
It was no easy task to convince my 11 year-old, Chloe to watch a one-hour documentary on Gloria Steinem, Monday night on HBO, but I’m glad that I did.
Mom sleepovers are essential to your good health. The concept sounded strange to me. Last week, a group of women writer friends and I planned to attend a convention in San Diego.
Excuse me, but am I the only woman not celebrating the return of football season? Today the NFL lockout ended and now the loss of my husband’s mind begins. Somehow we’ve been lucky enough to make it through fourteen football seasons together but I always fear that this year will be the last.
An anniversary trip with my husband Brian quickly turned into a love affair with Oprah. It began as Brian and I sat at the small rooftop bar of the Surrey Hotel in NYC, sipping drinks on a perfect summer night. The Upper East Side exuded elegance. A few well-groomed couples sat on sofas talking quietly.
Betty Ford, the former first lady died who Friday at the age of 93, was the epitome of a Modern Mom. Her outspoken, candid manner coupled with intelligence and class made her cutting edge in 1982 when she opened the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California. After battling a prescription drug and alcohol addiction, Betty Ford opened The Center with the hopes of helping others. The Betty Ford Center is still regarded as one of the very best in the nation.
Mothers everywhere are disturbed that Casey Anthony has been acquitted of murder. The entire case remains upsetting on many levels. First, we had to face the haunting image of adorable two-year old Caylee Anthony smiling at us from the newspaper that proclaimed MURDERED. An angelic looking toddler, Caylee should’ve been playing with toys and turning colorful pages in a picture book. The thought that her death remains unpunished is revolting.