I just lost my ninth nanny. I go through nannies the way some women go through men. Nine nannies in seven years seems suspect. Some wonder if we’re secretly beating the nannies or keeping them chained inside the playroom. Why else would we have had such a spectacular run of bad luck in keeping childcare? Our latest casualty is Stephanie, an attractive, athletic, marathon … [Read more...] about Would You Ever Steal Another Woman’s Nanny Or Is That A Major Betrayal?
Why I Overshare Parenting Stories at Work
I admit it. I shamelessly pimp out my kids. Not all of the time, I actually only do it at work. Ironically, it’s my kids who help me create instant chemistry with my colleagues and clients. I realized this early on when I mentioned my leaking, nursing nipples to a colleague, who also happened to be a new mom. She was one of those women at work who never had a kind word to say … [Read more...] about Why I Overshare Parenting Stories at Work
The Supervision Situation
“Mommy, last night I had a dream that Ben kissed me!” my six-year-old daughter Lexi told me excitedly, while perched on my bathroom sink, watching me apply my makeup. “Wow!” I said, nearly impaling my eye with the mascara wand. I was shocked that Lexi just shared her first intimate dream and floored by the coincidence that I, too, had dreamed the night before about a guy … [Read more...] about The Supervision Situation
Mommy, Will You Be There?
“Mommy, can you ask your boss to let you come home early on my birthday next week?” my four-year-old daughter Lexi asked me last night. “I want you to have dinner with me.” I was totally shocked by the question. I wasn’t surprised that she wanted to make sure that I would be home earlier than usual on a Tuesday night, but I was completely floored that she assumed I would have … [Read more...] about Mommy, Will You Be There?
Would You Let Your Child Walk to School Alone?
I will never forget Adam Walsh. The image of the sweet, smiling, gap-toothed six-year-old boy in his baseball uniform is forever emblazoned in my memory. It was 1981 and I was ten years old, living in Miami. I vividly recall the terror of Adam’s abduction from a shopping mall in Florida. One minute he was watching video games at a Sears while his mother shopped for lamps about … [Read more...] about Would You Let Your Child Walk to School Alone?