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I grew up privileged. I am an American Jewish woman who had the privilege of never truly experiencing prejudice due to religion. I have spent most of my life on the west coast surrounded by other Jewish people. Where I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2010 at LA Moms Blog
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I don't consider myself a helicopter parent (does anyone actually?) but I have been known to hover a little too long on occasion. There are some areas where, as a parent, I've learned that my children actually do need an... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2010 at LA Moms Blog
I actually tried to be different with my daughter's birthday snack. I brought in little yogurt containers and even added a teaspoon of sprinkles to be festive. Funny enough, the kids loved it. The teachers were the ones annoyed because it wasn't self-contained and easy to serve. Oh well...I am in on the revolution!
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2010 on Snack Does Not Equal Sugar at LA Moms Blog
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I totally agree. The "let's have a talk" strategy NEVER works. You have to take their cues no matter where and when that may be. I always get my best talks in the car.
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2010 on Sex Talk At The Dinner Table at LA Moms Blog
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Thanks for all the comments. Florinda, I thought about Spike after I finished writing the blog. He does deserve serious props. Always remember him saying, " Good-bye, Picadilly. Farewell, Leicester-bloody-Square."
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2009 on NOT In The Twilight of My Life at LA Moms Blog
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I'm glad you could laugh because you did paint quite the scene. It's classic that you are helping your daughter and still have to deal with the seemingly ridiculous wants of your other child. But I guess that's the point--they are still his wants. I have fallen into a similar dessert trap. I, at least, try and make dessert less of a reward but more of a lesson in balanced diet. Instead of saying, you have to finish your (FOOD), I always say that it's my job to make sure I get the growing food in their bodies. I can't give sweeties unless we've had growing food. Of course, I have to model this as well. You seem like you have a (pardon the pun) lot on your plate and dessert drama should be the least of your worries. Hang in there. You clearly have a great attitude which is half the battle.
Toggle Commented Oct 26, 2009 on Can I Have Dessert? at LA Moms Blog
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You definitely don't have to justify your decision. I live just outside of the Los Angeles school district in what is considered a FANTASTIC school disctrict. We moved here for the schools but my son was two and I didn't really KNOW him as a person. As I got to know him, I realized he needed a much smaller class environment. So now I drive 35 minutes every day to a private school that is the perfect match for him. I get asked almost daily why I would do such a crazy thing. To me, there is nothing crazy about making my own decision for my own child. It feels right for my family. So I'm glad you can now let the cat out of the bag.
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Such a sweet post. I think it's really special to share your birth date although you probably wanted your own day when you were a kid. Thanks for a great read.
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2009 on It's my birthday too, yeah! at LA Moms Blog
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Great blog. And I agree that you could have marked them up a bit. That's a lot of trips to Target that the other moms didn't have to make. I'd pay extra for that alone.
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2009 on Diaper Dealer at LA Moms Blog
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I'm so scared of this. I have an almost three year old who is sassy as can be and I see it with the girls in my son's class who are six and seven. They are already pretty clicky--not yet mean, but a bit exclusive. It was so painful for me the first time around, I don't think I can take it a second time!
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2009 on Drama Girls at LA Moms Blog
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I love this post because I can relate in so many ways. The other day I was talking to this woman who said she had two teenage daughters and I kind of rolled my eyes and said something like, "Wow, that's scary." And she said, "Not at all." I have two beautiful young women in my life. We have amazing talks and it is incredible watching them take on life." I felt so stupid for making my previous comment. And I felt renewed hope and excitement about my daughter growing up.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2009 on Going, Going... GONE at LA Moms Blog
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I think it's worse when you go from west to east. My sister-in-law is a native Cali girl but when she was here for a visit last year, she freaked out while waiting in line at the Coffee Bean. She couldn't believe how slow they were. I thought she was being crazy. Then I was in New York and realized that somehow they call out your drink order before you are even doing paying. Not sure if that's good or bad....
Toggle Commented May 27, 2009 on Becoming a Californian at LA Moms Blog
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Great post. If only all stepmoms could be as mindful as you...
Toggle Commented May 14, 2009 on A Good Guy To Know at LA Moms Blog
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This is so true. They work with some kids and so don't with others. Also, there are times when they work and then times when they don't. You just kind of have to feel your way with these charts. I also so get you on the "truck" situation. When we are in sticker mode, we now do one prize as a "buying prize" and then alternate the next one as an "activity prize." So far, so good. Great post.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2009 on Behavior modification at LA Moms Blog
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I so relate. My mom calls me every morning and jokingly (or maybe seriously) says, "I'm sorry," because she is feeling like she doesn't want to put me through what she goes through with her own 93 year old mother. It is so painful to watch and scary to know that there will likely be some similarities coming my way. Thanks for sharing your experience.
Toggle Commented May 10, 2009 on Will I hate my mom? at LA Moms Blog
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Thank you because I was starting to feel like the most uncool mom around but I don't get it. Why does everyone need to know everything I'm doing the minute I'm doing it. How 'bout privacy? Boundaries? I'll leave Twitter to Ashton Kutcher and the rest of the narcisistic celebs.
Toggle Commented May 7, 2009 on I am a Twitter Quitter at Chicago Moms Blog
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I have to say I may the answer. It's calledSpanx Bra-llelujah Bra and you can get it on Barenecessities.com It's not cheap but it has changed my life, or at least, my chest.
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We have a similar situation and it's not easy especially when the other parent doesn't "get" it. I'm kind of sick of having conversations with my son about this kid and trying ot help him with better communicating skills. Instead, I'm trying to foster other friendships and simply trying not to talk about HIM. Good luck.
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Happy 10 years. May is my ten year anniversary too. Forget the details. You've made it ten years and he still remembers he loves you and why. You are way ahead of the game. Oh...and Oprah...I wish I knew.
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I know that feeling. I lived in San Francisco with my son when he was born and my husband traveled every week Sunday night to Friday night to New York. I was MISERABLE but eventually we moved back here where I belong with my support groups and friends and you know what, my son and I have a very special bond that I could never explain to anyone who wasn't in my situation. I bet you and your daughter have the same. Good luck.
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I am the opposite. I can spot them a million miles away which may be an occupational hazard of a former career spent at E!. The funny thing is that now that I have kids, I have had some funny encounters with celebs and their spawn. Like the time my son struck up a conversation with Mark Wahlberg's daughter at the parking valet? I gave him extra dessert that night!!!!!!
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Maybe it's time we learned something from the "younger folk" who apparently have been "sexting" for years.
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I think I love Blanca too!
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2009 on A Love Letter to Blanca at LA Moms Blog
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You are not alone. I used to be able to recall anything--a name, a line from a movie, a trivia fact. But now, I stumble and bumble my way through every conversation. I call people and can't remember why I called and always forget at least two items at the grocery store. It sucks!
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2009 on Swiss Cheese for Brains at LA Moms Blog
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I love love love this post because I am constantly getting busted for my strange need to say YES to every committee. My husband thinks I am a total "sucker." So I agree, what he doesn't know, won't hurt him and will help my kids.
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