5 Things You Probably Know About Parenthood by Melissa Swedoski


Some days, it doesn't pay to be a mother. Okay, it never pays to be a mother unless you've figured out the magical way to get paid for changing diapers, soothing crying babies, living through sleep deprivation for years, and so much more. If you have figured this out, please ...

GUEST POST BLOG: “You’re Not My Boss” — Cultivating Respect by Sue Sanders


“You’re not my boss.”                 My daughter Lizzie is fourteen. Therefore, over the previous few years, I’ve heard this phrase more times than I can count. It’s as if she’s got it on autorepeat. My friends also hear this near constant refrain from their children, as well.                 Why is this expression ...

Sorry, But I’m Running Late …..By Robin Sydney Wallace


"We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are,"--Anais Nin. As a writer and a journalist, I know the power of words, language and terminology. I know that through the language with which we choose to discuss a topic, we can define the public’s perception or feelings ...

Age Ain’t a Number, It’s Just a Perspective by Melissa Swedoski


When I agreed to marry a man 13 years my junior, I wasn't thinking too clearly. That is to say, I was so giddy with excitement, that I didn't take my usual pros/cons approach and fashion a list of why this is a good/bad idea. Yes, I was that really ...

GUEST BLOG POST: Guarding Against Perfectionism in Our Children by Jill Rigby


Perfectionism hinders success. Perseverance guarantees it (win or lose). We’ve all witnessed a child who makes a first attempt at a new skill only to fail. He wails in disbelief that he couldn’t accomplish the task perfectly, pushes aside the project, and walks away. Hopefully, we have also witnessed the child ...

FRAGILE: A Show Review by Amy Wall Lerman


Another gem for kids at the New Victory Theater in New York City! Fragile is a story about a man (or a boy) trying to find his way home along a very tricky road. Told through the art of magnificent puppetry, this show without words melds movement, sound and music ...

April 2013 Profile: Jo Ann Grossman


NAME:  Jo Ann Grossman AGE:  67 RELATIONSHIP STATUS:  Married RESIDENCE:  New York City DAUGHTER’S NAME/AGE: Emily Morden, 24 17 years ago I co-founded, along with my husband, Stu Morden, Kids ‘N Comedy. I continue to direct and produce Kids ‘N Comedy at Gotham Comedy Club in NYC, a performance series where youngsters, ages 10-18, perfect their own written stand-up ...

Places I Remember… by Cat Reilly


Waiting in line at a Mexican restaurant this weekend, I saw a sign on the wall for Santa Fe, NM.  And suddenly there I was, back in Santa Fe, walking the main square, pausing at the turquoise jewelry, lounging near the O’Keefe museum. Once I bought a pair of red ...

Summertime by Robin Gorman Newman


When I was a kid, I recall going to day camp one summer.  Otherwise, I hung out with my friends, played tennis, squash, roller skated, biked around the neighborhood and in the park, etc. Kids these days are so scheduled. My son goes to Shibley Day Camp.  He's gone there for a ...

Cyma Shapiro Chats with Maureen Healy, author, Growing Happy Kids


[caption id="attachment_5435" align="aligncenter" width="206" caption="Maureen Healy"][/caption]Hello. I’m glad I’m interviewing you today. Your topic is near and dear to me, since I often feel like I’m failing my children when (despite strong support systems) we have daily chaos, unresolved issues and much tension in our house. Please tell me why ...