Write With a Certain Voice to Dodge Writer's Block

Let me just start by saying that there is not a writer on this planet who doesn’t suffer occasional writer’s block. (And any writer who says differently is a liar or amnesiac.) Writers block is like language constipation. You’re writing away, happy as can be (or as happy as you can be considering that writing is so absolutely frustrating), when suddenly, without warning or explanation, the words … just … stop … coming.ERGH!Gnash your teeth, tear your hair, toss the computer out the window. It won’t make a bit of difference. The words just won’t come. ...more
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The Day I Talked To My Kid About Porn

Some of you may recall last summer when I had to have an on-the-fly How-Babies-Are-Made conversation with my 7-year-old, after he’d heard about Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s labor experience on NPR....more

8 Gifts To NEVER Buy Another Mom's Child

This weekend we’ll be celebrating our son’s eighth birthday. And while my son is giddily counting down the days until he is finally another year older, for me, his birthday comes with a certain measure of dread. For even more than the thought of hosting 20 third-graders hopped up on sugar and determined to wreak as much havoc as humanly possible, I dread the birthday gifts they'll leave behind for my son when they go. ...more
Funny stuff! Too True. I would have a fit if a goldfish came home to my house!more

YOUR SCHOOL Newsletter -- Happy Holidays Edition!

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We Heart Karen Alpert's Book About Her Little A-Holes

You’ve just gotta love a woman who says Fuck a lot. ‘Cause even if I don’t always say it, I am usually thinking it. Loudly. Very, very loudly. Sometimes it comes out flippin’ or freakin’. But you know, know, know, that while my lips are saying frickin’, my brain is going FUUUUUCK!...more

Minecraft Meltdown

Your reaction when the Halloween costume you've spent four weeks sewing is abandoned last-minute in favor of ... a box on his head. A special holiday illustration from Science Of Parenthood ...more