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I Regret to Inform You

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Growing up, every little girl has at least one baby doll she can love and nurture. Besides being just another toy, the baby doll is often the beginning of her training for motherhood. As adults, millions of women give birth and thousands and thousands more desperately try to. But many, many women never conceive and many never even try. They are told, again and again, that being childless (or, more starkly, “barren”) will burden them with regrets forever.

I’m still waiting for those regrets. (more…)

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Parents Without Borders

Sunday, October 12th, 2014



What’s worse than a Helicopter Parent? A mourning Empty Nester. You’re getting your life back and you’re in despair? Maybe this is an indication that you were way too involved in your kids’ lives in the first place. (more…)

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Who’s Changing?

Monday, June 13th, 2011

According to my sister Camille, it shouldn’t be you or I changing. But  I don’t mean changing as in our attitudes, or weight or style. I mean giving exact change, as in digging in your purse for dimes, nickles, quarters, pennies. At least that’s what the book “How Not To Act Old” says. That’s the most sure-fire way – other than counting the rings on your neck – to let people know you’re over 40. (more…)

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No Experience Needed

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Here’s the scenario: a couple meets, dates, gets married, has babies (more or less in that order). The babies need to be fed, changed, put to bed, bathed (probably not in that order). In most cases – not all, but most – the woman ends up with the majority of these jobs. Sure, some are “stay-at-home” moms, but most aren’t. Who can afford the luxury of one income?

So, here’s the deal: she works, he works, she does the baby stuff (and probably most of the housework, grocery shopping laundry. . . but that’s another post). And every once in a while, he takes over: mommy gets a night out. And how does she describe this situation? My husband is babysitting tonight. Are you kidding? Babysitting? (more…)

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