Why FX's 'The Americans' Is TV's Best Show About Marriage and Family

Prepare to forget everything you think you know about Keri Russell and her role as an introspective college student who got the most famous haircut in primetime television history.  Felicity is all grown up now.  And she's a spy.  Not a hero spy either.On FX's new hit show The Americans, she plays Elizabeth Jennings, a Soviet spy in an arranged marriage of convenience with her husband Phillip (played by Matthew Rhys, of ABC's Brothers and Sisters), who's also a spy....more
The Following sounds intriguing.  I really like Kevin Bacon.  So many good dramas out there ... more

5 Parenting Vows I'm Sticking To After Watching HBO's "Girls"

I'm transfixed by Lena Dunham and her friends on HBO's Girls. These self-absorbed, generally very unlikeable, and deeply flawed girls captivate me. However, as a feminist, as a GenX-er, as a woman whose twenties aren't in that distant in the past, I mostly want to scream at each of the girls,"What are you thinking?" 'Girls' courtesy of HBO ...more
So many great comments!  I'm not naive enough to think that I would have "complete control over ... more

How Many Kids Do You Have?

"How many kids do you have?" It's a normal question to ask another mom. However, for some -- many more than you realize at first thought -- it's a loaded question. Not only does it bring up memories that may weigh heavy on a mom's heart, but it also calls into question who is asking and why and what are the boundaries of sharing and how much does everyone need to know and on and on. Kat at No Holding Back wrote about it recently, having lost one of her twin daughters to Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)....more
There are so many questions that we ask and get asked as mothers that are emotional minefields.  ... more

5 Parenting Vows I'm Sticking To After Watching HBO's "Girls"

I'm transfixed by Lena Dunham and her friends on HBO's Girls. These self-absorbed, generally very unlikeable, and deeply flawed girls captivate me. However, as a feminist, as a GenX-er, as a woman whose twenties aren't in that distant in the past, I mostly want to scream at each of the girls,"What are you thinking?" 'Girls' courtesy of HBO ...more
Thank you for the great comments!  I agree with all of you.  The show did make me feel ... more

My 20-Year Battle With Insomnia: I’m Ready to Fight Back

I am a terrible sleeper. I haven't always had trouble sleeping, but I can trace my nearly 20 year battle with insomnia to my years in graduate school. My grad program was a very challenging one, and most of it took place in my second language. The reading eluded me, and I don't think there was a single day when I could say I felt caught up. Add to that the fact that most of my courses were on Monday and Tuesday, and it meant that Sundays were incredibly anxiety-provoking. ...more
I'm right there with you!  My insomnia really started when I stopped working too.  I entered a ... more

I Don't Like Breastfeeding!

Oh, breastfeeding. I won't argue that breastmilk is good for babies. I don't necessarily think it's horrible that hospitals are pushing breastfeeding just to be labeled as "baby friendly." But the truth is that breastfeeding isn't the be all and end all and if we neglect to talk about that -- that sometimes it hurts, that it's not always fun, that some moms simply don't like it -- we're doing moms an injustice. I believe in a whole truth look at things so moms can not only make informed decisions but feel supported. That's why I loved this post from Paula at Beauty Through Imperfection....more
I did love some aspects of breastfeeding, but others made me miserable.  I stopped breastfeeding ... more

3 Things I Swore I Would Never Do As a Parent (and Have Already Done)

I remember it so vividly, those days before baby. I remember sitting in bed with my husband chatting about what it would be like when our little one arrived. We joked about the ridiculous things other parents did and laughed about how silly they were. We didn’t read any parenting books in advance because we were convinced that it would all “come naturally” and we would just know what to do. It all seemed so simple. Well, six months in and it is just as my mother said, “Being a parent is the hardest job you’ll ever love.” That being said, I have fully eaten my words when I said I wouldn’t do certain things once the baby was born....more
Yes, so do I.  Every day I find myself doing things that I said I would never do.  And it gets ... more

The Internet Debates "Cry It Out" -- No One Agrees, Everyone Is Tired

Apparently babies, sleep training, sleep deprived parents and the "cry it out" method are back in the news with a sensational headline on CNN.com: "Should Babies Be Allowed to 'Cry it Out?' As if we don't have enough to argue about on the Internet when it comes to parenting. "Do this, don't do that, can't you read the forum, blog and news story comments?" Alas, the question is out there, so what are tired parents supposed to choose? I'm probably not the best person to ask this question as I was the envy of more than one friend....more
It's not a question of "believing" in cry it out.  Most sleep experts don't even call it that.  ... more

Pregnancy Feels Different This Time

I am now officially telling people I am pregnant, instead of just declining a glass of wine while they smile at me knowingly. This means people like to ask me the hard pregnancy questions like, "Is it a boy or girl?" and "Is it just like last time?"...more
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Dear Lily on 'How I Met Your Mother' -- Yes, Motherhood Is Hard

Dear Lily, You've been on my mind and my heart since the latest episode of How I Met Your Mother aired. While I acknowledge that you are a fictional character, I have become attached to you and your friends over the years. I have laughed and cried with you for eight seasons now. But the other night, dear Lily, I cried for you. Because -- damn -- motherhood is hard, isn't it?...more
Wow, I haven't been watching How I Met Your Mother for a couple years.  That is refreshingly ... more