Category Archives: Suburban Life

Empathy: You Have It In You

My daughter sobbed bitterly at the end of a Pokemon episode called “Bye Bye Butterfree.” The butterfly (with poisoning abilities?) left Ash to, as my five-year-old explained it, “go and have babies.” She was crying because of the friendship lost and because the characters on … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Old School Summer Relief

My son has rediscovered the original auto-tune: a metal fan. I remember spending many a hot summer day planted in front of a fan practicing saying my name or singing a song. I promised him I wouldn’t post the video … Continue reading

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Back-to-School Letter to Our School Bus Driver

Dear School Bus Driver, This isn’t my first time at this, and I’m surprised at how nervous I am even this second time around. I don’t like to think of myself as an overly anxious parent, you know? So, please … Continue reading

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Lazy Mom’s Guide to Overcoming (your own) Anti-Social Behavior

On the last day of school, my son was so excited for summer that he practically bounced over to me as he left his teacher’s hug. “What kind of fun will we be having, Mama? Who will be there?” I … Continue reading

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Giving it Away for Free: Books

I don’t remember what my top choices were for this year’s World Book Night. Last year I gave away The Handmaid’s Tale, and the year before that it was The Things They Carried. These were both books I loved and … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Bricks for Mischa

Last Friday my children and I attended a small ceremony in Watchung Plaza to honor the memory of those lost in the Montclair post office shooting 19 years ago. There were eight of us there, including the pastor and the … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Winter Rain

I can’t begin to tell you how hopeful this dreary, grey, cold rain has made me today. I don’t even mind that a corner of my basement has sprung a leak in response. Please rain, please help melt away the … Continue reading

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Mommy, Be a Big Girl

I did all the right things. I spoke sweetly and slowly. I knelt down to look into her eyes. I had every confidence that my 5-year-old would cooperate, happily and without reservation. She stood in her Gi, eager to practice … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Deconstructing Snowman

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Lazy Mom’s Guide to Snow Day Activities!

Unexpected or not, snowy days offer up really fun activities — more fun than shoveling your sidewalk and driveway. More fun than sitting inside and saying, “I’m booooored!” I know there are lots of lovely curated lists of snow day … Continue reading

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