Is pretend-shooting acceptable play for kids?


I have been shot. I also have also been blasted. Tasered. Stun-gunned. Vanquished. Laid low by a surprise shot from a laser cannon. Sent into unconsciousness by a sleep weapon that looked an awful lot like a pillow. I can’t talk about the mind-control ray that seized control of my brains, except that BLKELEHGJADHKADSJFH. See, […]


Kirtsy: it’s Digg for Chicks


kirtsy%20logo.gifAlpha Mom HEARTS Kirtsy. If you haven’t visited yet, get there today. It’s one of my personal go-to sites and I am beyond honored to be this week’s Guest Editor.

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Are our children overprotected?


As we walk to the playground, Henry yells to his friend, “Let’s race!” And they do. Down sidewalks that are bulging and splitting from the tree roots underneath, two semi-coordinated boys flail their legs downhill, shouting with glee. Behind them, I cringe, and wonder who’s going to scrape his knee this time. But I keep […]


The city or the suburbs: which is better for kids?


As readers of Finslippy probably know, Scott and I once lived in Brooklyn, where we wrestled with the nagging question: now that we’re a family, are we ethically and morally bound to live in the suburbs? It seemed to be a question that most people answered in the affirmative. Children need space, they said, and […]


When sacrificing for your kids does more harm than good


A friend of mine –let’s call her Julie—faced the following dilemma: she had organized a night out with her best friends, the first time they could all get together, without kids, in months. Her friends all being busy mothers, organizing that particular night took a great deal of planning. Needless to say, she was looking […]

Top Baby Names of 2007

Top Baby Names of 2007


A couple of weeks ago while at a friend’s birthday party, I found myself making small talk with the screenwriter for the hit 80s movie, Splash. Bruce Jay Friedman had no idea (seriously) that the name Madison had risen to be one of the most popular girl’s names of the 90s and this century, having […]

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