By verta ayanna

When Her Young Daughter Starts To Doubt Her Hair (And Herself) The Author Made A Bold Beauty Statement Of Her Own

EPSON MFP image “Mommy! My friend said my hair is not soft. Mommy! My friend said my hair is not straight. Mommy! My friend said my hair is puffy.” My heart unraveled into a thousand fragile strands that day as my daughter told me what her friend had said. She was hurt. Not solely because of what her friend said but more precisely how she said [more]

A Teachable Moment

By Eric Messinger

A note for May 2014 from our editor Eric Messinger

Welcoming spring on set with our May cover-mom, Kelly Macdonald. Photo by Ali Smith Photography Welcoming spring on set with our May cover-mom, Kelly Macdonald. Photo by Ali Smith Photography A neighbor of mine, whose child is entering Kindergarten, recently approached me to learn about my children’s experiences in public school, with my older child, almost 14, having attended a number of G & T programs, and my younger child finishing up [more]

Guilt Trips

By Lani Serota

Our blogger reflects on both sides–the necessity and the feelings of guilt–of taking a vacation for herself

lani featured image "Wow, I can’t believe you are leaving your kids for five days. The one time I left my girls it took everything I had in me to go.” This was said to me less than a week before a ladies’ trip to Costa Rica and, with a delay long enough for me to say: “No, it’s good for me and [more]

The Power Of “Let It Go”

By Alex Richards

One local mom witnesses the full force of the “Frozen” toddler army–and on a city bus no less

frozen-women Yesterday Trixie and I were waiting for the bus when we noticed two little girls--cute, blond sisters, about 6 and 3--singing while they waited for the bus. Guess what they were singing? Give up? Okay, I’ll tell you. They were singing "Let It Go." Y’know, from "Frozen"? I know, I know. I was surprised too. I mean, what are the odds that someone [more]

The Challenge Of A Loving Marriage

By Eric Messinger

Love and intimacy really aren’t inherent bed-mates. Our editor shares his admiration for the work of acclaimed psychologist Esther Perel

EM blog The alarm went off at 6:30am yesterday, as it does every work and school day, but yesterday I had an unlikely request. "Want to fool around?" I asked my sleepy wife. "What?" she responded dismissively. "April Fools!" I clarified. Because, from what I gather, I may not be the only married parent who might think of sex as a good April Fool’s joke, I have [more]

Confessions Of A Teenage Babysitter

By Jodi Silberstein

Our blogger reflects on her babysitting days & the way childcare has changed over the years

babbysitting Editor's note: For info on choosing the right babysitter, nanny, or au pair for your family, as well as a list of childcare providers in the city, click HERE! With nearly ten years of babysitting under my belt, it’s safe to say I’ve seen it all. The boy who played with his poop while I put his sister to bed, the [more]