Boy or Girl Toys

kids with toys

When my daughter was still in nursery school, she announced: “No more “boy toys.” She had a birthday coming up and wanted to make her gift wishes very clear.

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Snoring Husband

snoring husband

My husband snores. Most of the time it is a gentle rumbling that can even be a comfort in the night. Once I read an advice column where a woman wrote in complaining about her snoring mate. She said he was a faithful husband, had a great sense of humor, was a loving father, made a good living, etc. Snoring was her only complaint. The columnist wrote back and said with a husband such as she described the snoring should be music to her ears.

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Book Group as Dysfunctional Family

Book Group

My book group has grandmothers and moms with at-home or sometimes-at-home kids. We are psychologists, business owners, social workers. We have an attorney, an OB-GYN, an ex-investor relations pro who is, for the moment, retired.

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Avoid the sweat. Keep them wet.

Sprinkler Drinkers

Two of the most annoying words ever spoken by kids with great imaginations, plenty to play with, and backyards that beckon: “I’m booorrrred.” Hot, bored kids can have a chilling effect on any parent’s mood.

Water is a natural, plentiful mood elevator. That is, unless it’s preceded by a question or request along the lines of, “Please take a shower and wash your hair,” or “Did you load the dishwasher?” So let it flow in novel ways when the heat is on.

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