To Tali on her 11th birthday…

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Dear Tali, When you were born and I realized I had a daughter, I was ecstatic, but also worried. I already had a boy who I knew could do anything he set out to do in this world, but I knew that being a girl came with special challenges. (Don’t get me wrong… Boys also […]

5 things parents need to know about Instagram Direct (and why it isn’t SnapChat)…

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Today Instagram announced its new feature, Instagram Direct, which allows Instagram users to directly message photos and videos (with the cool filters) to individuals and groups instead of just posting them to a user’s individual feed. There’s a lot of talk about how Instagram Direct is a play for the younger SnapChat users, but there […]

Travels with Gannon & Wyatt: It doesn’t have to be pink and sparkly…

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It’s hard to get my kids to read. There. I said it. And because as a child, I was never without at least one book and read all the time,  that’s a hard thing to say. And so I am always looking for books for my kids that they can get into, but that also […]

Crossing Lululemon off the list…

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  Today as my daughter was discussing with me (again) about what she wanted for Chanuka, one of the things she thought she’d like was a pair of black Lululemon leggings, which have been popular with the middle schoolers and tweens in her life. And though I have in the past thought about letting her […]

On how I became a dog person and got my voice back…

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Last summer we became dog owners. It was a surprise to me for so many reasons including the fact that 1.) I don’t really like dogs,  2.) Sam is allergic to most dogs and 3.) I’m not super comfortable around dogs and 4.)I’m not a dog person. Wait is that the same as #1? But […]

A little glitter never hurts…

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Last night the Tooth Fairy came to visit my ten year old for the first time in a year. Her teeth losing days have slowed down and are coming to an end, but she and her little sister were excited to have Tali’s tooth fairy, Gloria, come to visit. Because each kid had his or […]

No screen-time limits… It’s working.

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Last month, after reading a series of articles about kids and screen time, I began an experiment to do away with screen-time limits. So we’ve been screen-time limitless for three weeks now and it’s definitely time for an update. Basically, this experiment is working. Crazy. The first week was over-saturated with ridiculous, mind-numbing and parental-ly […]

Long summer days are filled with music (videos)…

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Guitar and video by Sam, vocals by Naomi…

looking back at first grade and reminiscing…

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why I’m over the whole screen-time thing…

It’s summer vacation, so along with groans of “I’m so bored” and “We never have any free time” between summer camps, the dreaded question of screen-time has been looming about our house. During the school year, we have a rule in our house during the week around no screen time unless it’s for schoolwork. And […]

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