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Acquisitions (Ir)rationale by Pamela Francis


I was sitting at the table in one of our local libraries on a sunny Saturday in Northridge when my fourteen year old did the slump-walk over to me, dejected as all getout. He had just gone outside to see if perhaps he'd dropped his Apple earbuds in the parking ...

Guest Blog Post: What Parents Can Do to Increase Grit in Their Children by Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman (Book Excerpt)


You may be wondering what is grit and more importantly, how do I grow grit in my children? Grit as defined by Dr. Angela Duckworth, the psychologist and researcher who coined the term is “passion and perseverance for long-term goals.”  The ability to be gritty—to stick with things that are important ...

Guest Blog Post: Leaping Into Fiction by Mary Carlomagno


I am standing at the annual fundraiser for my children’s elementary school.  The band is playing a cover version of Walk like an Egyptian by the Bangles.  An enthusiastic mom drags me to the dance floor, saying that this song was “so popular” when she was in elementary school.  Now, ...

Summer and the Promise of Shiny Objects by Andrea Santo Felcone


Putting aside the obvious reasons—heat, sweat, humidity, and the crazy tan I will inevitably acquire and sport until Thanksgiving—I hate Summer. The dreaded Summer swim lessons as a child were only going to end if I jumped off the diving board. I was never going to jump off the diving ...

Meet Later Dad Peter Shankman


Peter Shankman AGE: 44 RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Divorced RESIDENCE:  New York, NY CHILD’S NAME/AGE: Jessa, Age 4 Peter Shankman is a multiple-startup founder with several successful exits under his belt. He’s a best-selling author, focusing on the customer economy. He’s the founder of Help a Reporter Out (HARO,) the world’s largest source/journalist matching tool, and he ...

What Toys to Give Children with Special Needs


Caring for children with special needs can be quite a challenge especially for first-time parents or parents who are new in the care of special needs children. And since toys are the primary tools upon which children make sense of their world, these can play a very important role in ...

Mom Theatre Blogger: INDECENT: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


I had the recent opportunity to hear Rebecca Taichman, one of the creators and director of the Tony-nominated INDECENT, and in hindsight, I only wish I had seen the play before the panel discussion. INDECENT is such a powerful, touching, memorable and jarring work, that I would have been that much ...

KNIGHTS IN TRAINING by Heather Haupt (Book Excerpt)


[caption id="attachment_25326" align="alignleft" width="219"] (Photo credit: Savanna Lee)[/caption] How Do We Cultivate Compassion? Provide Stability Although the seeds of empathy are in each of our children, careful cultivation is needed. We do this by providing chil­dren with a stable, nurturing home and relationships. When their needs are met, they are more likely ...

Mom Theatre Blogger: CAN YOU FORGIVE HER? Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


[caption id="attachment_25459" align="alignleft" width="300"] (Photo credit: Carol Rosegg)[/caption] CAN YOU FORGIVE HER?, directed by Peter DuBois, stars Amber Tamblyn (“Joan of Arcadia,” The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) making an impressive New York stage debut, joining Eshan Bay (“House of Cards”),  Ella Dershowitz (INTIMACY), Darren Pettie (“Mad Men”), and Tony Award-winner ...

Project Moonbeam by Andrea Santo Felcone


“No… no… no. Not at this point in the school year … not the project bag.” But, there it is, slung casually over my youngest son’s shoulder as he approaches during school dismissal. Big smile on his face. He’s been waiting for that project bag—it’s a big deal in his ...