Category Archives: Parenting

Identity Stories

I have been thinking a lot about the narratives that we inhabit. There are stories that we believe about ourselves, that we’ve grown up hearing and have been woven into our psyche. Most often they are stories our family of …

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Okay for Now

I was expecting the shift from one kid to two to be epic. A shit storm, really, since that’s exactly how the transition from none to one went. But Lucy slid into our family as though she had always been here. …

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“Your Body Looks Great, Mama”

Yesterday morning, frantically trying to be on time as always, my 4 year old was doing somersaults on my bed. It messed her hair up, so she asked me to fix it. “In a minute!” “Mama, why do you keep changing your …

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The Three Foods I Don’t Let My Daughter Eat (and the one she eats daily)

Food struggles are often in the top 5 of American parenting challenges. We live in a tough environment for healthy eating: cheap, tasty, non-nutritious foods are everywhere (someone please explain to me why the checkout counter at every single store …

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Caretakers and taking care

Most of the people I work with are caretakers. They are nannies, public defenders, therapists, chefs, nurses, teachers, doctors and parents. They wake up thinking of who they are taking care of that day: does the kid have lunch packed, is my patient …

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Stress Management

I work a lot with clients on stress management. When I tell potential clients that part of the work we can do is stress management, they envision sitting in a quiet room with their eyes closed, breathing deeply and slowly. …

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The Perfect Meal: A Family Argument

When I run into a client of mine (a wonderful regular occurrence in our Brooklyn neighborhood) with my husband, Gary, he will often introduce himself and then joke that he’s the “before” picture of any of my clients. He does get …

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Zucchini brownies

I am not one for hiding veggies in baked goods and sauces in the hopes of tricking unsuspecting diners into eating them. But I do love to make nutrient dense treats, so when I came across this recipe for flourless zucchini …

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Preschooler Food Power Struggles

My daughter is 3 years, 3 months and hell bent on being her own person. And while I rationally know that one of the main goals of parenthood is to raise a person who can be independent, it’s really freaking …

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Making Time

I am an avid exerciser. I have always made it a priority in my life, from dance lessons in high school to aerobics classes in college and beyond. It keeps me sane, tempers my depressive tendencies and burns off a …

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