Category Archives: Cranky mommy blogger

Don’t Let it Go to Your Head

If my 8-year-old had to derive her sense of self strictly from the public recognition she received last week, she’d be insufferable. Good thing she’s got me to keep things in perspective. First, she was asked  to sign the Principal’s … Continue reading

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June is the Cruelest Month

December has always been my least favorite month, but June is now running a close second. The things that I despise about December–the stressing over gifts, the relentless parties, the overeating and drinking, the looming stretch of school vacation–have come … Continue reading

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Can We Be Friends?

When my oldest daughter started preschool 14 years ago, I was antsy, pregnant and desperate to connect with other women. But friendship among mothers, as I quickly learned, is built on much more than shared experiences; it requires a similar … Continue reading

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Who’s the Child Here?

My 8-year-old was watching the “American Idol” finale in my bedroom when I walked in to put away some clothes. “Can you please leave?” she asked. Apparently she planned to dance around, and my presence was inhibiting. I refused: “It’s … Continue reading

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When the Enabler Goes Away on Girls’ Weekend

I don’t expect anyone to weep for me, but I am preparing to go away on a girls’ weekend, and it is hell. First, I have to leave the house in relatively good order: laundry done, refrigerator stocked, sports uniforms … Continue reading

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If You’ve Never Said This, You’re Lying

This is the children’s book I would write if I could write children’s books. Indeed, it’s eerie how the author, Adam Mansbach, seems to have been hiding under the crib in my son’s room 12 years ago… Check it out … Continue reading

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Why Goldfish are the Worst Pets in the World

Poor Thunder. S/he lived but two days in a shiny glass bowl in our laundry room. My eight-year-old, already wise to the whims of  goldfish life, was adamant that he not reside in her room so she didn’t have to … Continue reading

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