Category Archives: Cranky mommy blogger

Why My Kids Will Never Play Carnegie Hall

Ever since Amy Chua’s explosive book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother  came out, I have been thinking a lot about what kind of parent I am, and whether it’s my fault that none of my kids excels at anything in … Continue reading

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More Popsicles, Please

Postscript: Today’s New York Times reports not only that scientists found no correlation between dyes and hyperactivity in most children, but that food without coloring isn’t any fun. And for my 8-year-old, fun is pretty much the key ingredient of life. I … Continue reading

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It’s Grandma! Hide the Froot Loops.

When I got out of the shower, there was a message from my mother. “Call me when you get a chance,” she said, serious-sounding. “I want to talk to you about something.” I felt a twinge of foreboding. So I … Continue reading

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Bring Back the Talent Show

I made the mistake of seeing the Broadway production of “Billy Elliot” while helping my eight-year-old plan her act for the annual elementary school Variety Show. No matter how self-righteously I  deride those theater parents for pushing their children too … Continue reading

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The Co-Ed Sleepover

My 16-year-old was in a van heading home from Johns Island, SC, where she’d been on a school-sponsored house-building trip when the first text came in:  could her friend, who I’ll call Taylor, sleep over the night they got home? They wanted … Continue reading

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After the Bar Mitzvah: Spending the Dough

For his bar mitzvah, my son asked guests to make donations to the Anti-Defamation League in lieu of gifts, but a lot of people have given him cash instead, or in addition. Naturally, he is thrilled. He gets the best … Continue reading

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Leaving No Panty Line

I was helping my 16-year-old daughter do her laundry the other night–in a hurry, as she was packing for a spring break house-buildng trip to South Carolina–when I noticed a small piece of red fabric caught in the bottom of … Continue reading

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Countdown to the Bar Mitzvah: The Day After

Well, I made it through my son’s bar mitzvah without killing a single member of my family. Mazel Tov! Not only did my husband’s back go out two days before the blessed event, rendering him completely useless in all the last-minute … Continue reading

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Countdown to the Bar Mitzvah: The RSVP

We’re at BM minus 16 days–otherwise known as the period when I bolt awake in the middle of the night, panicked about things that seem utterly manageable in the daylight hours, such as flowers. Or cake. Lucky for my son, … Continue reading

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Happy Sweet 16, From Far Away

Today my dear, sweet, firstborn daughter turns 16, and I am away on a business trip. This seems entirely fitting,  since I wasn’t around 15 years ago when she took her first steps, either. I was at work in the Newsweek … Continue reading

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