Welcome to The Play-Dating Game!

Posted: July 1, 2018

This post was generously underwritten by Kiddoyo.com, the mobile app that makes planning play-dates almost as fun as… play-dates. The one thing I didn’t expect when I FINALLY became a mom was the sudden onset of other mothers.  The hardest part of parenting is having witnesses. Growing up in the 1970s, also known as the Middle Ages for Children, us kids were instructed after breakfast…

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Christmas is a lot like an Escape Room

Posted: July 1, 2018

Christmas is a lot like an Escape Room January 1, 2018 This post was generously underwritten by Kiddoyo.com, the mobile app that makes planning play-dates almost as fun as… play-dates. Canada and I went to an Escape Room for a Grown Up Play-Date. Basically, we paid a lot of money for a sitter along with a bunch of other parents who also paid a lot…

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Seize The Play-Dates

Posted: July 1, 2018

Seize The Play-Dates January 2, 2018 This post was generously underwritten by Kiddoyo.com, the mobile app that makes planning play-dates almost as fun as… play-dates. Ever wonder if airlines seat all families with little kids in the same section of planes so we are the only ones who have to listen to each other’s children rant, rave and lose it?  Since we took Grace on…

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To Co-op, or not to Co-op

Posted: July 1, 2018

To Co-op, or not to Co-op January 15, 2018 This post was generously underwritten by kiddoyo.com, the mobile app that makes scheduling and tracking play-dates almost as fun as… playdates. Now that there are babysitter apps, finding a suitable sitter is as easy as Tinder. You swipe left if she looks like she might try to eat or marry your children, swipe right because she’s…

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When A Co-Op Becomes Something More

Posted: July 1, 2018

When a co-op becomes something more January 29, 2018 This post was generously underwritten by Kiddoyo.com, the mobile app that makes planning play-dates almost as fun as… play-dates. Our daughter’s closest friends are the babies she met cooling her heels in daycare. She actually has had stable, long-lasting friendships longer than she has had language to communicate with these friends. Due to our daughter’s massive…

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When Good Play-Dates Go Wrong

Posted: July 1, 2018

This post was generously underwritten by Kiddoyo.com, the mobile app that makes planning play-dates almost as fun as… play-dates.   So, you have a few play-dates under your belt and feel like a play-date pro. Maybe you even pride yourself on having the coolest play-date house because you have 2 super chill dogs, a cat who could care less and a turtle – always a…

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Mom The One You’re With

Posted: May 14, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day to one and all. After having been blessed with a very comprehensive mother, who truly tried to mother her children, step children, grandchildren, other people’s children, stepchildren and grandchildren, and every one else she ever met in the entire world, it’s fascinating to examine various and sundry ways people mother and find mothers.  And when when we tragically lost our mom, an old…

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This Old Mom - Night Sweats & Night Feedings

Night Sweats and Night Feedings

Posted: January 15, 2018

I have nothing but praise for my first feminist. Nearly 50 when she guest starred on All In the Family as Edith Bunker’s feminist cousin, Bea Arthur’s indomitable, fierce, and unapologetically sexy character Maude was so beloved she was given her own ground breaking spinoff show, featuring taboo subject matter like domestic abuse, menopause (thank you!) and abortion. But on top of all that, Bea…

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This Old Mom - Is It My Job To Tell My Kid She's Black?

Is It My Job To Tell My Kid She’s Black?

Posted: January 15, 2018

“When you suddenly see tears welling up in… your six year old daughter’s eyes and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky… when you are forever fighting a degenerative sense of ‘nobodiness’- then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait.” Martin Luther King, Letter from Birmingham Jail Watching Grace exuberantly devour her life with absolutely zero…

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Going For The Bronze

Posted: January 6, 2018

I am a Virgo perfectionist professional personal organizer who has had my own business for 18 years. I am paid decently to run other people’s homes and businesses like a tightly run ship. I mentally declutter and re-organize every home I enter. When we first brought our daughter home I stayed up all night sanitizing the screens on the windows with a bleach covered toothbrush….

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