My Article on Social and Emotional Learning in The Washington Post

Last week I was thrilled to see my article on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) on The Washington Post’s On Parenting Section. I knew I wanted to write about this topic ever since Sweet Pea came home from school practicing (and teaching us) her “soup breathing,” “birthday cake breathing,” and “pretzel breathing.” Her teacher doesn’t […]

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Excited, but a little bit scared

I wrote this a couple of weeks ago, on Sweet Pea’s first day of kindergarten… before Trump pardoned Arapaio and Hurricane Harvey. It feels like a lifetime ago now. I could take my left if only the beige Toyota Camry blocking the intersection would scoot forward. The driver has at least a car length of […]

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There is Such Thing as a Dumb Question

They say there are no dumb questions. They are wrong. (Side note: Who are they??) There are, in fact, many dumb questions. I know because I ask them more often than Kim Kardashian posts a selfie. In the spirit of conscious parenting and minimizing the urge to stab myself with a Lego, I’ve composed a […]

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Why We Don’t Have a Christmas Tree

I am Jewish. My husband was raised Presbyterian, considers himself atheist, and until he met me, had never known a Jewish person. So it was with some trepidation and a few drinks that I told him if he was serious about me, he would have to let me raise our possible children Jewish. Never mind […]

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#We’re With Her

My great grandparents immigrated to the United States in the late 1800’s to escape the pogroms in Eastern Europe. Once here, they had three girls, including my grandmother, Edith Berger Sinel. Having skipped a grade, she and her older sister graduated high school the same year. Their father said, “Girls, I can buy a house or […]

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How Not To Make Allergy-Friendly Breakfast Quinoa

I make a mean allergy-friendly breakfast quinoa. I’m talking dairy-free, egg-free, vegan, nut-free and  gluten-free. I am no domestic goddess, but this is one area where I excel. Except when I leave Dan in charge. Without telling him he’s actually in charge. *     *     * I crept into our darkened house and was […]

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Why Being a SAHM Is The Best… For Your Partner

“I wish I could go to work,” I whined. We had a newborn and a toddler. I was sleep-deprived and completely overwhelmed. My husband encouraged me to go back to work. “But financially, it hardly makes sense,” I countered. Ever the optimist, he responded, “I don’t care if it costs us money. If it makes […]

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I Don’t Feel Bad About Fighting in Front of the Kids

I’m suspicious of couples that claim they never fight. These people are either a) lying, or b) unicorns. My husband and I fight. I wish we didn’t, but both of us are way too stubborn for that. I get annoyed that he never knows where anything is. He finds it grating when I immediately ask for help […]

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Angels Do Exist (at the Grocery Store)

Every time I take my kids grocery shopping, I return with a week’s worth of food and a lifetime’s worth of regret. Every time, I search my soul for an answer to the question: Why didn’t I do Home Shop? Last week, I took the kids shopping after picking my three-year-old up from preschool. I […]

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37 Things I’m Grateful For (Part 4)

Welcome to the final installment of my Gratitude Series. I thought it would be fun to acknowledge my recent 37th birthday by blogging about 37 Things I’m Grateful For (in no particular order). It was. If you missed the previous posts, here are part 1, part 2, and part 3. 30) My kids I feel […]

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