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After endless Facebook photos of packed trunks and tearful goodbyes, everyone’s kids have finally gone off to summer camp. And I admit that sometimes, when I think about all the fun they’ll be having, I get a little jealous. I mean, is there anything better than summer camp? Those carefree days and nights completely devoted to playing and having good times with...

I read in yesterday’s paper that there’s a “Real Housewives of New York” bus tour you can take through Manhattan to check out all the hotspots from the show. Places like the restaurant where Luann made fun of Alex McCord’s shoes and the library where Jill Zarin walked out on a fashion show. RIVETING STUFF. And it’s only $49 per person. And while I think that’s totally awesome, there are a few things I’d personally rather do when visiting NY City. Here’s...

On a recent Saturday morning, I was alone with my five-year-old son. With his siblings at activities, I told him I was all his for the next few hours. “What should we do, buddy?” I asked, suggesting several options that were swiftly rejected. Just when I thought we’d spend the day just deciding and doing nothing, his eyes brightened. “Can we go to the toy store?” he asked.  It had been a while since I’d taken him toy shopping, and all kids love a new toy, so I thought...

I recently ran into an old friend whom I hadn’t seen in ages. She was walking with her six-year-old daughter, whom I’d never met. So after an excited hello and a big hug, I turned to the little girl to say hi. “You must be Lily,” I said.  “Look at how pretty you are!” Now back up a second… remember that commercial from the ‘80s where the dumb guy at a fancy restaurant calls the Polaner All Fruit “jelly” and the waiter drops his tray and the old lady faints,...

I recently attended a baby shower for an old friend, whose young wife is pregnant with their first child. Seated at a table with her college pals, all just starting their journeys into marriage and families, the young woman sitting beside me was astonished to hear I had four children. “I can’t imagine being a mother right now,” she joked to her friends, before turning to me. “What’s it even like?” she asked.  “What’s it like to be a mother?” “It’s great,”...

Lately I’ve noticed this trend… a group of friends take a picture together and post it to social media with the hashtag #squadgoals. It started with celebrities, like Taylor Swift’s crew, but it’s morphed into a regular person thing now too. And since almost every “friend” I’ve got these days is a mom, that’s usually whose pictures I see.  Urban dictionary says a squad goal is an inspirational term for what you’d like your group of friends to be or accomplish....

A popular tabloid runs a feature each week called “What’s in My Bag?” where a celebrity supposedly pours out her “tote” (that’s what celebs carry – totes) and highlights her favorite things from a mix of perfectly curated and organized items.  They’ve always got things like a chic lip gloss, a trendy moisturizer, yummy whole grain treats and pedicure socks, etc. And every week I feel pretty bad about myself, because the inside of my bag looks nothing like that....

I hate being “that mom” – the one whose kid destroys other people’s peaceful day with his tantrums or exuberance. So I’ll dutifully grab an arm and bark a threat when I feel like my kid is out of line. But sometimes I won’t. Sometimes you just aren’t entitled to peace and quiet. Because there are times when you’re in my safe space, and you’re assuming the risk of my kid being really damn annoying.  So here’s 7 times us moms shouldn’t have to apologize for...

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed on a recent morning, mindlessly taking in photos of people out to dinner and friends wishing friends a happy birthday, when I came upon a post that made me stop. A parent was griping about something, but it was something I never imagined anyone could really gripe about.  Here’s what she said: “I can NOT stand the term ‘playdate’. Can’t kids just come over and play? Can’t you just say ‘let’s get the kids together?’ What’s...

Most moms frantically prepare to welcome their first born, spending several months in a haze of fear and excitement, trying to do everything right. But if you could go back to that time, and bring your years of experience to meet face to face with your “about to be a mom” self, what advice would you give? I’d tell myself to kick back in that brand-spankin’-new glider and listen up… those first few years will teach you a lot. And here’s 20 things you’re about to learn: You...

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