kids flowers

Our friend Lela had a dinner party this weekend, and deputized the kids to completely deal with the table setting. The kids (ages 4,7,9) picked the flowers, put them in the vases, and set everything up all on their own. They were so proud, and I realized how much we can err in our interference […]

on the table

It was after an uncivilized routine emerged at our family dinner table that I realized I could use some help. Night after night, I was trying to enjoy conversation laced with talk of bodily functions, or even more hilarious, actual ones. I was forever reminding one son to bring the fork up to his mouth […]


When your kid’s friends come over, are you a Mrs, a Ms, or a first name only kind of mom? Some people don’t care…and some people care a lot. When I relocated from a relaxed city neighborhood to a small New England town, I came face to face with tightly held values concerning traditionalism and formality. […]


The other day a colleague of mine brought her kids to the office. When she asked her son to look up and say “hello” to me, she anticipated his age-appropriate immersion in his drawing and followed with, “Look her in the eyes and tell me what color her eyes are.” The lesson is, make them […]

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