On the first day of being connected and keeping your moments…

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Tali has a smartphone. I got the iPhone 6 last Friday (which is a whole other post), which means that I handed my old phone to Sam, who in turn handed his iPhone 4 down to Tali. It was quite a ceremonial process as everyone cleaned out their phones, took off their own cases and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

back to school shopping… this time with feeling.

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It’s time to go school shopping. I know this because I’ve been officiallly inundated with ads and flyers and coupons. They promise that this year the kids will be better dressed, better prepared and better equipped to have their best year ever, if ONLY we buy their stuff. Back to School has become the New Year’s of the […]

mean girls…

Mean Girls… One of the things I’ve looked forward to least in parenting girls is reliving through them the bizarre social experience that involves how some girls relate to each other. I was tortured as an elementary school kid and even more so in junior high school, but a lot of it, I assumed, was […]

it's so nice to be thanked…

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As I was cleaning out the lunchboxes this evening, I found this note from Tali, thanking me for lunch. Sometimes I send little notes in her lunchbox for her to find later in the day, but this is the first time I received a note back. And a thank you note, no less. It totally […]

mother's day–not just another hallmark holiday. or maybe it is…

Before I was ever a mom, and before I had any idea what being a mom is about, I had a friend with two small kids. It was her first year in Seattle (also, I think it was her last) and it was rainy and gloomy out and she called me and asked if I […]

parenting techniques that work, but that you shouldn't be completely proud of…

This is the first of a series of parenting posts I am working on about techniques that work, but that you should really keep under wraps because they really don’t project that all together parenting image you’re probably going for. And because I am over-worked, over-committed and a crappy blogger, I’m spreading this series out […]

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