It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but I’ve yet to meet a person who says it’s the easiest time of the year. Actually, let me rephrase that: I’ve yet to meet a mom who says that. It usually falls on us to secretly don our Santa hats late at night—and before the kids […]
Gifts in the Nick of Time!
It’s that time of the year again…when you’re rushing around like a crazy person and trying to finish up your holiday shopping in addition to, you know, living your life and working and taking care of the kids and everything else. Well, there’s no need to panic or to stress. I partnered with some amazing […]
The Magic of the Holidays Is in the Mistakes
I set my oven on fire this Thanksgiving. I’ve been going back and forth about whether or not to share this. On one hand, it was such an enormous fail, it was kind of funny. I mean, once I realized the fire was completely contained in the oven, the bird itself wasn’t on fire, and […]
The Best Ways to Feed Your Kid’s Dinosaur Obsession
When my kids were little and before we moved to the ’burbs, the Museum of Natural History on Manhattan’s Upper West Side was our home away from home. We were lucky. We lived just nine blocks from the museum, and we went there when it was too rainy, too cold, too hot, or just too […]
Beware of These 7 Holiday Dangers to Kids!
Stop whatever you’re doing and read this article right now. I know, I know: There’s wrapping to be done and cards to be addressed and gifts still left to buy. But it can wait. What can’t wait? Knowing how to keep your kids safe from the danger are lurking around every mistletoe sprig and Elf […]
All They Want for Christmas Is You
You know how whenever you get the most elaborate, expensive gift for your kids—that you’re so excited about because you think they’ll be so excited about it—all they want to do is play with the box? The damn box. Sigh. Now, I know that this changes as kids get older, but for little ones, the […]
How My Son Cured My Obsessive Christmas Disorder
It’s a Christmas miracle that my husband and I never got divorced over decorating our tree. Even though he’s never dared to say it, I know that he thinks I’m a Tree Nazi, which I don’t really mind…as long as I get to put my ornaments where I want them to go. Where they […]
The Only Way That Damn Elf Will Be on My Shelf
Elf on the Shelf makes me weirdly angry. Before anyone freaks out, not the parents who employ his services. Just him. The idea of him. The look of him. HIM. Yes, there are plenty of philosophical reasons why I don’t like Elf on the Shelf, but let’s stick to the superficial stuff here—not the […]