Then and Now: Free Range? Or Zoo?

But the thing is, I don’t think I reared my children much differently. I mean, there were superficial differences. I didn’t ignore my kids using an iPhone, I used a real book. My kids got most of their screen time on an Apple II computer, and a real TV. Car-seats were easier to use. But, the similarities are greater. I worked part-time. I wore my babies. I didn’t plan to co-sleep, but my babies insisted on it. And, of course, the only thing that kept me sane was the occasionally wine afternoon with fellow overwhelmed and incompetent Moms. No, I think the real ’Then and Now’ divide came a generation earlier. Because, my kids, like me, do not have free-range children. They have zoo children. …continue reading


Evil Grandmother Fantasies

There she stands, slightly plump, and oozing cookie dough. She always volunteers to take the grandchildren; she never comments on their clothes or appearance; and at the end of the day, she assures you that the little darlings all behaved just wonderfully. She’s the picture perfect grandmother, and she always knows just the right thing to say. But…do you ever wonder what she’s really thinking? …continue reading


What Would Auggie Do?

There’s a parlor game played by everyone in our extended family. It’s called “What would Auggie do?” …continue reading