Category: Parenting

The 2017 summer fun list

For the past few years, I have observed a summer tradition: creating a list, in late spring, of things I want to do before Labor Day. Time passes whether we think about where it is going or not, and I find that thinking about what I want to spend time doing vastly increases the chances that I spend time doing those things. There are also certain activities that make… read more »

Turning 10

A decade ago, my husband and I welcomed our first child into the world. It was approximately 2:15 a.m. It had been a long day. I didn't get to sleep much the next day either, as I was sharing a hospital room (this was in NYC) with a woman who had just delivered her 5th child. She was totally on vacation in the absence of her other four children, talking on her cell phone… read more »

“A good conscience is a continual Christmas”

I spent a lot of this weekend reading Benjamin Franklin. I have been noodling around the idea of creating a reading guide of sorts that would contain half a dozen ready-made "to be read" lists based around a theme. One of those is self-help (well, "your best life" sounds better). I'd remembered reading part of Ben Franklin's autobiography and liking it, and so… read more »


Ahead of Mother's Day this weekend, various publications will be running pieces on the state of modern motherhood. One of the reasons I wanted to write I Know How She Does It is that I feel a lot of the literature on women, work, and life is profoundly -- and unnecessarily -- negative. Yes, it can sometimes be challenging to make the pieces of life fit together. Bu… read more »

In which I chicken out

So I started the Cub Scout camping trip this weekend with high hopes. I packed rain gear and cold weather gear. I drove up with my 9-year-old and 7-year-old to Rickett's Glen State Park, which is a lovely place in the Poconos about 2 hours and 15 minutes north of us. I knew the weather was iffy, but the troop leaders decided the trip was still on, since it looked like… read more »