PARENTING

Inclusion Comes Home

Here is my final ‘First Person’ column for the Virginia Journal of Education.  After five years, it’s time for me to pass the torch to another educator and writer.  I look forward to finding a new home for my writing. “Come give me a hug!” Zaveah commands when Justin enters the classroom. She has, at only four years old, the authority […]

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Dr. Nanny

The Sunday New York Times Style section recently ran a little story about the “Nanny Doctor.” People pay Lindsay Heller $200 an hour to mediate with their nanny. We’re not talking about figuring out how to pay for taxes or health care, or sponsoring someone to reside in the country legally. This is about mothers who […]

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Letting Elmo into Our World

I’m sure it’s normal, but recently I’ve been wondering about my parenting ability. It’s probably because I’m doing the SAHM (Stay at Home Mom) thing, and like any other “job” it has its ups and downs. Only this one is way more emotional, and you can’t take a mental health day. I constantly wonder: Is […]

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Good Citizenship

  Happy Election Day! As a mother, teacher, and resident of the nation’s capital I would like to share a few lessons on good citizenship. 1) GO VOTE. 2) While in an hour-long line waiting to vote, consider letting a mother with her fussy toddler cut in front of you. Nobody likes waiting in line, […]

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Where’s the Baby?

Every time I’m out in the neighborhood without our son, people ask me where he is. Even Rosa, the lady who works on the condo’s maintenance and cleaning crew, asks, “Y el bebe?” I understand that it’s just friendly banter, like talking about the weather. It’s part of living in a city, in a small […]

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The Big Question

When you have a toddler, there are so many things to worry about. The biggest of course, injuries -as they run on the sidewalk, try to climb on everything, and stick their pudgy fingers into sockets. Then, there are the babies saying things like, transportation, when your boy just mastered “bye-bye!” Worse yet, in places […]

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The Physician, The Pickup Truck, and The Ticket

We recently went to dinner with friends in Bethesda and got a parking ticket. It reminded me of the last time I got a ticket….. “I am a physician!” The well dressed man with an unidentifiable Eastern European accent was yelling. I had finally pulled into a parking spot after circling the garage for fifteen […]

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Scary Mommy Guest Post

I’m over at Scary Mommy today with guest post about thank you cards, motherhood, and out-spoken distant relatives. Come check it out! Gift Giving 101 A special thank you to Jill (a.k.a Scary Mommy). Jill writes about parenthood with humor and style. She’s also confident and kind enough to encourage new bloggers like me to […]

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Getting Stuff Done

Several women have recently said to me, “Soon your son will give up that morning nap. Then you can get stuff done.” I think, this is terrible news. Why would they tell me something like that? Then I realize these women think it’s a good thing. Granted, some mothers prefer one mega nap instead of […]

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Just Say NO!

When did it become so hard to have fun? The problem, I believe, is our inability to say NO. Maybe it’s a desire to please, a fear of letting others down, or the need to feel in control of every aspect of our lives. So, here we go. Say NO to the birthday party invitation for […]

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