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Where Everybody Knows Your Name by Mary Matoula Webb


I was a painfully shy kid. To the point that elementary school teachers would always bring it up at parent-teacher conferences, "She's so bright but she never speaks in class."  I eventually lost the "painfully" part and, as thousands of other shy kids have done, mastered the introvert-defying tricks to ...

Mom Theatre Blogger: 54 BELOW: The Cast of Cats Sings Andrew Lloyd Webber by Robin Gorman Newman


Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the most successful composers in musical theatre history, and I recently had the opportunity to attend a concert at Feinstein's/54 Below, featuring the cast of Cats saluting his musical prowess. With songs from Evita, Sunset Boulevard, The Phantom of the Opera, Starlight Express, School ...

Sweet Summer Impressions by Andrea Santo Felcone


We have a favorite beach town we like to visit when on our family vacation. Maybe that makes us predictable or boring, but I don't mind, because each time we approach the place in a new way. The comfortable atmosphere shortens the amount of time it takes for the beach ...

Mom Theatre Blogger: A Doll’s House, Part 2: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


[caption id="attachment_25506" align="alignleft" width="300"] (Photo credit: Brigitte Lacombe)[/caption] In her 15 year absence since walking out on her husband and children, Nora Helmer has created a life for herself, and one that she wears well and proudly displays through her fine garb. Now a successful author, she is empowered and driven and ...

Guest Blog Post: Practical Parenting by Tom Shillue, author, Mean Dads for a Better America (Book Excerpt)


When I was very young, my mother used to tie me to a tree in the backyard. That way, I could play outside and she didn’t have to worry about where I’d wander off to. She could get her housework done and I could experience the great outdoors—a win-win, as ...

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 ...