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Setting Up Playdates

I’m at a crossroads right now when it comes to playdates, especially with my older one. I don’t feel like I should be involved anymore, especially since 12-year-olds don’t call their social interactions “playdates” anymore. They say they are “hanging out” or “getting together.” And yet my oldest wants me to help her out. She […]

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Heard in the Park

Little Girl: Mommy, are my friends going to be there today? Mommy: Yes, and all the little babies, too. Baby C. will be there. Baby J. will be there. Baby G. will be there. Little Girl: Mommy, why my friends have babies and I don’t. Mommy, I want a baby, too! Mommy: You need to […]

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No Nuggets = Bad Host?

When I go to playdates the other moms almost always put out one or more of the following: Chicken fingers, French fries, hotdogs, and macaroni and cheese. And I always serve Little Girl the same thing: Whatever I’m eating. a sandwich, some cheese and crackers, a little meat rolled up, some fruit. She doesn’t eat […]

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Friends come to my house and often leave richer. Yes, my company is great, but they often take stuff with them, too. I don’t know how many times I’ve done it, actually. Food, old toys, clothing — you name it, I like to give it away. It should come as no surprise then that Big […]

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I’m reading a novel right now, The Summer Kitchen by Karen Weinreb. The book, about a wealthy family’s “loss of wealth and prominence,” contains a description that I really identified with: A section about why some of the smart, talented women of the heroine’s town stopped working once they had children. These women, you see, […]

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