You Can’t Imagine “Life Without Kids?” I Can.

You Can’t Imagine “Life Without Kids?” I Can.

You “Can’t Imagine Life Without Kids?” I Can.

 

November 7, 2014

 

“How was your sister’s baby shower?” I asked my friend Steph. She was gathering muddy clothes off the floor and wiping dried yogurt from the table while our 4-year-old sons hammered a plank of wood to bits in the front yard. 

 

“Meh. All Jen wanted was one last hurrah as a childless adult. Instead, everyone talked about their kids and how they just ‘can’t imagine’ their lives without them.”

 

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A Little Crazy

A Little Crazy

A Little Crazy in the Show Me All Your Scars: True Stories of Overcoming Mental Illness anthology

Release date June, 2016

I first met Will in the summer of 1999 in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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Don’t Do That in Public!

Don’t Do That in Public!

Don’t Do That in Public!

July 23, 2013

I’ll never forget when a friend told me a story about a mom she knew. “She totally yelled at her kid,” my friend said. “In public!”

I try to practice equal-opportunity parenting: be kind to my kid in private, be kind to him in public. I try not to do things out in the world that I wouldn’t do at home because it makes me feel icky. Kids, of course, don’t live by the same rule. Scratch their butts in private, scratch their butts in public; what’s the difference?

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The Trouble with Loving Someone Else’s Baby

The Trouble with Loving Someone Else’s Baby

The Trouble with Loving Someone Else’s Baby

August 18, 2014

Cal beams when he sees us. His smile comes together in an adorable instant: two teeth appear in a wide-open mouth. His cheeks flush. Blue eyes squint. Then he makes a gibberish baby noise that somehow manages to convey love, delight, and recognition all at the same time.

“Hi Cal!” I gush. “Hi, babe!”

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