On Bullying

On Bullying Bullying isn’t just for kids. We like to think that it takes place on school playgrounds (which it does) and that it’s an unfortunate part of adolescence (which it is). But there’s more to it. I had my own experiences with bullying as a child. There were times when I...

Please Don’t Make Me Go to an Adult Chuck E. Cheese

Please Don’t Make Me Go to an Adult Chuck E. Cheese My children have thankfully grown beyond Chuck E. Cheese. We went a handful of times when they were younger. They’d still be excited if I took them there, but they long ago stopped asking, as I did little to mask the fact that I am not a fan. Why? Not ONLY because...

Captain Fantastic

Captain Fantastic It’s rare that my husband and I have the opportunity to watch an “adult” movie. (Not that kind of movie; get your mind out of the gutter.) Like many parents, we can recite lines from Mary Poppins and Brave and Ice Age. “Oh, George, you didn’t jump in the river. How...

Destination: Puberty

Destination: Puberty Not all of our journeys lead us to foreign lands. My daughters are currently one week into a four-week course on puberty. My eldest was dreading the first class, claiming that she didn’t need it since she’d sat through her 5th grade health class. I ignored the eye...

Pussy Riot and the Motherland

Pussy Riot and the Motherland It’s been forever since I traveled to Russia. Maybe not forever, but more than 20 years now. I did a semester of high school there, where I lived with an incredibly dysfunctional host family who schooled me in vodka and told me that if I sat on concrete, my ovaries...

AK Turner on How to Raise a Maverick

AK Turner on How to Raise a Maverick My latest podcast appearance was on an awesome new show called How to Raise a Maverick, hosted by Emily Gaudreau. She’s a fierce advocate for children and a mom who knows that protecting your kids doesn’t mean shielding them from the world. She also has...