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My eleven-year old son has started to realize that we aren't living the kind of 'normal' life he sees on TV. "Why don't we have a real life, like on TV?" he'll say when I'm asking him what he wants... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2010 at NYC Moms
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My eleven year old son is mad at me. He's the only one of his peers who isn't allowed to have a Facebook account. I can handle him being annoyed with me about this, it's simple to me. I won't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2010 at NYC Moms
My ipod and ipod touch-owning kids are always helping themselves to my usb port so I have to launch a full investigation as to what might've been UNplugged before I can print anything--who knows what they've plugged in back there. This could bring peace and harmony to my family? Sounds great!
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...the fight we had about my allowance, tells me so. Okay so this one is a shocker to me. Yesterday my 6th grader told me that he had to write a series of essays for school, answering questions like when... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2010 at NYC Moms
Okay so here's advice about the food thing--were you asking?? Though, full disclosure--I'm sure my family is single handedly keeping Frito Lay in business and not just because I ate Doritoes dipped in cream cheese throughout all three pregnancies. We play Family Survivor--where they get paid a dollar to try something new (on the RARE occasion I venture into anything new)--and we do it just like on Survivor, where they have to chew and swallow and we all inspect their open mouths to make sure it actually went down. My oldest is money-driven so he tried a slew of new things in Family Survivor, and my middle is highly competitive so it got her attention too. I'm not sure he ever ate any of them again, but it sure did get some new things in his mouth.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2010 on Well, since you asked... at NYC Moms
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I just love the old-fashioned 'everyone's watching the same thing' aspect of Idol. Even when I feel guilty for making it a priority with the kids--I get a little flutter on the subway on a Tuesday afternoon when I realize it's on, and we'll all pile on the couch together and watch it (though I have some issues with the 10pm end time and the 9pm results shows). Plus there's nothing like giving the kids that 'water cooler' fodder for school. It takes me back to when we were all watching Dallas and wondering, en masse, who shot JR Ewing.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2010 on American Idol - Family Style at NYC Moms
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BRAVO! BRAVO! We moms have to do what we have to do, and we have to tell ourselves what we have to tell ourselves--good for you. I think I'll have to set the same standard for myself now...of course it doesn't help, I'm sure, that I half-condoned a massive pickpocketing spree at a craft store a few years ago when my 3 year old stuffed dozens of dollars of funky scissors and stickers under her doll stroller and when I drove home (45 minutes) and found the stash I just let her keep the stuff. Am I really admitting this? Oh well, at least I haven't committed a crime with my child in six years.
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2010 on Giving myself a break at Philly Moms
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I should have mentioned that my daughter's best friend has NO half birthday...heartbreaking. May 31st. She could celebrate it on December 1st with the June 1sts but...that's just pitiful.
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2009 on Half-birthdays at NYC Moms
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My oldest child is similarly unresponsive during the day. There have been times when my husband and I have fought over who was going to put him to sleep, so curious were we to find out what was really going on with him. One of the posts I've meant to write, but haven't written yet, is how wrong we were to build him a loft bed. He gained a lot in terms of space in his room, but we lost a lot in terms of the communication that comes with tucking him in at night. The best I can manage is reaching up to wiggle his toe...
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I'm weighing in on this a bit late, I think...BUT I know the exact gym class you're talking about and it really is frustrating to have it be such a free-for-all. The gentle teacher attempts to create a bit of structure in the otherwise overwhelmingly stimulating space, and there can be so much chit-chatting going on between the moms that it underminds those efforts for everyone. Plus, all it takes is for one kids to ask Mommy's help negotiating some somersault and then it becomes contagious--otherwise independent children start to beg for the same type of help. In our case, with this particular class, they also seemed to let people in anytime they wanted to sign up. Ultimately it became too croweded and we just weren't coming close to getting our money's worth as far as time on the equipment goes. I enjoyed this post.
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2008 on Moms Not Allowed at NYC Moms
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Crushingly honest, thanks for admitting to things we city-moms do that our country cousins would never dream possible...I used to drop my five year old off at yoga and then speed away (not even looking for parking, but returning home since I'd left my 7 year old son home alone for 'fifteen minutes'). Horrifying, but somehow necessary on a particular afternoon.
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This completely cracks me up...the idea of everyone settling in to be entertained and then your horror as you watch all that ridiculous coddling and giving in...very very funny. Just thinking about the six hours of video footage of my first child, taken before he could even lift his head, makes me cringe.
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2008 on Let's Go To the Video at NYC Moms
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I love love love this post...it's amazing how hard it is to answer that question, and worse, the pressure I put on myself to answer it before anyone else asks it.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2008 on What Did You Do Today? at NYC Moms
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My only advice is to make sure that the baby's arrival isn't built up to be as exciting as, say, Santa's. Because for your kid, really, this new baby isn't going to be instantly exciting. Newborns are pretty boring, and cry and fuss and aren't that cute, really. You will be shocked, though, at how little attention the newborn really needs...I was blown away by how much my second and third babies slept. I guess we must have kept on high alert when my firstborn was sleeping. But with the new baby, you still get a lot of quality time with your older kid in those first few months. Also, one funny thing that happened to us was that our son was completely conditioned to be 'good' to our new baby, but we found him taking out his aggressions on OTHER people's little siblings. It's a good thing to remember. We build up our own babies so much it's good to include all babies when we talk about being gentle.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2008 on Big Brother in Training at NYC Moms
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This really resonates with me. I'm working on something about how living here has kept me from having to choose one kind of life. It's like I can be ten different kinds of people during the course of a day...I don't have to only be the minivan driving mom of three that many of my suburban pals just have to be 100% of the time. I think this says more about my fear of commitment (to who I am) than anything else. But for the time-being this is absolutely the best place for me, which means it's the best place for my kids.
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This post reminds me of a great article in the New Yorker eleven years ago called "The Runaway Mother" by Stacy Schiff (Nov. 97--you can find it be searching on newyorker.com). It's about the missing-mother v. magical nanny in all sorts of fairy tales.
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I didn't mean to imply that we would have upset any JH students by celebrating a birthday, rather, I was hoping it would reflect more on our current public school's careful approach when it came to recognizing that we have an incredibly diverse student body. I apologize if the wording seemed like the JH students might be extra-sensitive, my intention was merely to point out that public schools of my childhood (Christmas all the time for everyone no matter what!) and public schools of today are very very different institutions. My hope was to poke more fun at the way that it used to be, which was kind of insane. A.M.
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2007 on The House Without a Christmas at NYC Moms
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