Category Archives: parenting

Being Present in the Dark

The room is dark and my eyelids flutter. My baby, who is in my arms, squirms and calls out, shrieking, then whimpering. I startle awake and gaze down at him, taking in his round cheeks and elfin nose. His eyes are … Continue reading

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7 Ways My Three-Year-Old is Already Too Clever

“What’s that?” my son said, pointing into the bathroom. As I looked to see what he was talking about, he ran in the opposite direction. At that moment, I realized that my son, at the tender age of three, had … Continue reading

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6 More Things My Baby Reminds Me of that are not Babies

My younger son has a remarkable ability to inspire comparisons to non-human creatures. While his smile is quite human – and adorable to boot – the noises and gestures he makes often aren’t. As he’s moved from a newborn who … Continue reading

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The Exasperation of a Blank Baby Book

Blank. Just blank. The empty page after empty page of my eight-month-old’s baby book stared at me in accusation. Even his name wasn’t filled in. Really? Crap. I specifically bought this book because it was supposed to be “easy.” Just a … Continue reading

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9 Things I Learned While Visiting the New York State Museum with a Three-Year-Old

What has luminescent rocks, woolly mammoths and a Native American longhouse? Unless you’re from upstate New York, you probably didn’t answer “The New York State Museum.” But if you did, congrats! This long-standing institution was one of my favorite places … Continue reading

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How to Be More Present and Mindful with Your Kids

Recovering from the chaos of the holidays, “improve mindfulness” or “be present” may be on the top of your New Years Resolutions list. I know it’s on mine! It’s especially hard to be present as a parent, when we’re pulled … Continue reading

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Scenes from a Winter Vacation

“This is the last Christmas we’re all going to be together!” my mother-in-law opines each year. This year, it was finally true. My parents left upstate New York last summer and my in-laws will be moving out West in the … Continue reading

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