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. There are certain physical symptoms of the holidays exhibited in most … [Read more...] about Tis the Season of Manic Mommies!
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. As parents, we need to ready … [Read more...] about Talking to Your Children About 9/11
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. I often use humor to describe difficult parenting situations. My essay on Soccer Mom 2.0 was an accurate but comical … [Read more...] about Ultra-Competitive Parents: Red Flags and Warning Signs
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. But don’t pity me! Thanks to the wonders of the VHS, I never felt bad … [Read more...] about If Movies Were Right About Summer Camp
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? If so, then she may be exhibiting signs of Coachella Mom Syndrome. Don’t worry; with time she will make a full … [Read more...] about Coachella Mom Syndrome: Signs and Symptoms