Footnotes

Footnotes: Thoughts from the margins of a mom’s life

There’s nothing like travelling to another country to make you see how universal the job parenting is. On a recent visit to Japan, this realization struck both my husband and me on several occasions. For example, as we walked through Kyoto...

Footnotes: Thoughts from the margins of a mom’s life

I’ve started a little side project with my children. It involves a notebook and a little bit of spying. I’m listening to my kids when they don’t know I’m listening – the little pretends they share, their private jokes, their problem solving. And now that I...

Footnotes: Thoughts from the margins of a mom’s life

As an avid lifelong reader, I’ve been eager to pass down my favorite books to my children. My son, who will turn six in a few months, has been enthusiastically listening to me read Charlotte’s Web, Beezus and Ramona and even Harriet the Spy. We read our nightly chapter...

The Mommy Buffer

After my son’s birthday, he and I sat down to write thank you notes. We had the presents in front of us on the dining room table next to a stack of cards and stickers. William had a lot...

A cure for stroller nostalgia

As a mother of toddlers, I used to relish the packing required for every trip: diaper bags, extra outfits, sandwiches cut into pieces and tucked inside plastic boxes, sunscreen, hats, sippy cups and stashes of emergency pacifiers. I loved...

The Advisor

Sometimes a little advice can be a good thing. Other times, it’s a real headache. I’ve been thinking about the topic recently as my four-year old has appointed himself the advisor of my two-year-old. His recommendations are sometimes thinly-veiled orders,...

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