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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