People always ask what they should get a new parent. And when I think about the things that we really used, and continued to use for years, it was pretty basic stuff. Baby bathtub? Good for about 1 year. Playmat? 5 months. Double stroller? 4 years. (and I was SOOO happy the day we sold […]Read More A Real Doctor at Your Virtual Fingertips
There has been a renewed discussion about violent video games and the correlation with real life violence. This discussion crops up after every tragic mass shooting since the gunman more likely than not also played a lot of games like Grand Theft Auto or other violent games. I’m not going to wade into this debate […]Read More VIDEO: What Do Kids Think About Violent Video Games?
This little monkey named Marlin has been with my daughter since she was born – 11 years. He’s traveled on road trips up New England and through the Midwest, to Mexico, Puerto Rico, California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, overnight camp, France, Italy, Disneyland (where he actually rode on rides tucked safely in my daughter’s jacket), and […]Read More If You Give a Monkey a Passport….
My girls are now officially tweens. Along with the usual angst about middle school and friends there seems to be a new obsession – fashion. One of my girls has morphed into a walking fashion encyclopedia over the last year, pouring over Lucky, Elle, Vogue and any other fashion mags she can get. And then […]Read More Using Virtual Piggy to Raise Money Smart Kids
This is a Maternity Monday post by guest blogger and teaching artist Jess Levey. This series publishes almost every Monday on Beccarama. Well, we are getting VERY close now, just a month or so to go. And, although I have had to endure waves of anxiety due to financial stress and fears (and sleepless nights […]Read More It’s Takes a Village (or a List Serve) to Raise a Kid in this City
A few months ago I received a pre-release copy of Jill Smokler’s book, Confessions of a Scary Mommy. I had it out on my kitchen counter, on the couch, on a living room chair – basically I would pick it up read a few pages, laugh, sigh and put it down. It was the perfect […]Read More What Does the MOM Media Blitz Teach Our Daughters?
In honor of Halloween and all the horrors that await I thought I’d throw in some scary truths about being a mom – on Halloween and beyond.. Your child is the same person they were at two weeks old. And there’s nothing you can do about it. Your child will roll their eyes at you […]Read More The 5 Scariest Things About Being a Mom
Have you ever used the word “diet” with your kid? Do you reward or punish with food in your home? Do you cook – and if you do, do you involve your kids? We are going to tackle the big topic of kids and food this week at our KidzVuz twitter party. We’ve all heard […]Read More Promoting a Healthy Relationship to Food for Your Tween
This week my daughters had to sign a Code of Behavior Agreement for their Hebrew School. It stated that they wouldn’t use electronic devices at school, would arrive on time, respect others and the property and basically act like a decent human being. Not much to ask for. At their real school the discipline code […]Read More My Back to School Promise to My Daughters
There are certain women journalists who have inspired me as an essayist and writer waaaay before the word blogging was invented. Anna Quindlen was one and Lisa Belkin the other. Aside from writing for The New York Times both women had a voice that spoke to me as a young woman starting out in the […]Read More Writes Like an Angel – Lisa Belkin Dishes with the Blogging Angels