What We Learned at School

It had been an afterthought to shop for a few items on the Holy Cross wish list. As a tourist to a developing country, though, we wanted to carry down something important amidst our bathing suits and flip flops. more »

Apr 2, 2014 8:15 PM -playground- 2 Comments

Wrapped in a Snow Day

Snow days were a category unto themselves, a viscerally anticipated 12 hours that had no structure or expectations, save the creation of some sort of snow structure and a steaming mug of sweet cocoa. more »

Feb 20, 2014 9:29 PM -playground- 1 Comments

Girls Will Be Girls

I want her to be rough and tumble, brave enough to take on the boys at kickball, and not too squeamish to dig up worms for a worm race. She has to know she is beautiful without feeling obligated; she should assert herself without being bossy. more »

Jan 1, 2014 8:14 PM -playground- 1 Comments

Lessons From a Loom

But it was in those waiting and working periods that we figured out if we really did want the coveted item. In most cases, we did. And when at last we had earned it, the reward was that much sweeter. more »

Oct 28, 2013 11:14 AM -playground- 2 Comments

(Not Really An) Invincible Mom

I could be the mom of two with a brain tumor; she could be the little girl on the amber alert sign; we could be another family rocked by the joblessness and struggling economy. The reality of our fragility feels frighteningly obvious these days. more »

Aug 18, 2013 8:46 PM -playground- 4 Comments

Flying Kidless

My hands, so used to busyness, and now without kids to feed and entertain and lead to the bathroom, were at least satisfied by the nervous energy of fiddling. more »

Mar 21, 2013 9:28 PM -the road- 1 Comments

Inheriting Mom and Dad

Indeed, I had just now seen her feet close up as she stood, and for the first time I observed a miniature version of my own floppy, wide, perfectly flat feet. more »

Mar 10, 2013 9:18 PM -playground- 2 Comments

A Man in a Mother's World

So I press on in my new world of puffy skirts and pigtails. At the end of the day, I love what I do. I don’t think that I do a better or worse job than any given woman that shares my noble profession. more »

Jan 21, 2013 10:31 PM -man cave- 6 Comments

The Argument for Sleep

Like most child-rearing topics, there is a multitude of conflicting information about whether or not sharing a bed with an infant is safe or not. We asked two local moms to share their opinions on the co-sleeping debate. more »

Dec 2, 2012 9:04 PM -playground- 1 Comments

Hello Again, Private School

With the adjustment came a new academic persona: “School is boring; school is for babies,” my son would tell me. Along with his tough-guy football schtick, he was happily coasting into dumb jock zone. more »

Oct 23, 2012 7:44 PM -playground- 23 Comments

Best Friends, Different Paths

We fill each other’s voicemail boxes with weekly rants and raves and text clever one-liners about our daily grinds, she sharing apprehension about exams and I worrying over Tylenol recalls. more »

Sep 27, 2012 9:17 PM -playground- 3 Comments

The Definition of a Dad

I was blessed, as it were, with two fathers: a biological and a stepfather who later adopted me some 25 years ago. Though these men ultimately both love me, one took care of me and the other abandoned me. more »

Jun 16, 2012 1:57 PM -man cave- 2 Comments

Goodbye Private School

It had already been a struggle the year before—several hundred dollars extra a month meant we had stripped away as much as we could (cable: gone; YMCA membership: canceled; eating out: unnecessary). more »

Jun 6, 2012 8:49 PM -playground- 11 Comments

Manning Up in a Woman's World

“I knew not a lot of dads that did this really hard thing I was doing and I wondered how many of them could handle it. Then I would stop and remind myself that lots of moms do it everyday.” more »

May 20, 2012 11:23 PM -man cave-

Sprouting Traditions

Midway through that first summer of more lettuce than we could give away, I had a cool taste of what sends my dad on his evening rides through the nursery to look over his stock with pride: growing stuff feels good. more »

Apr 13, 2012 8:25 AM -playground- 2 Comments

Braver and Stronger

Abbie often struggles daily with the simple tasks we take for granted. Her memory and command of simple skills are either lost or have to be retaught due increased seizure activity. more »

Mar 25, 2012 10:40 PM -playground- 4 Comments

The Up Side of Down's

Though she is 15 months old and just learning to walk, she has had ample practice holding her own in the world. My daughter, Bethany, was born with Down Syndrome, a genetic disorder that our family grappled to understand at first. more »

Mar 20, 2012 9:50 PM -playground- 7 Comments

Jill O'Hanlon

To Cry or Not to Cry?

Many parents find themselves desperate for guidance in the wee hours of the morning, with a wide-eyed infant on their lap and the promise of a restful night's sleep a fantasy. more »

Jan 4, 2012 12:00 AM , , -playground- 7 Comments

The Dinner Dance

In my imperfect world, I start by Googling a healthy recipe that sounds tasty and that will pass the test of a picky child. Let’s be honest—my very first step was checking the freezer for fish sticks. more »

Nov 13, 2011 4:02 PM -playground- 2 Comments