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The Beautiful Maddening Contradiction of Teenagers

By M. | Jan 27, 2017
I happen to love teenagers. Both the ones I’ve worked with for years and, most of the time, my own. … Read More →

Hey Mom and Dad, Applying to College Is Killing My Mojo

By M. | Oct 15, 2015
I have a vague recollection of my life before I was applying to college. There was this magical thing called … Read More →

Cheating Death: 30 Years of Borrowed Time

By M. | Sep 7, 2015
We weren’t doing anything wrong. We weren’t drinking or doing drugs. We were good kids hanging out on the last … Read More →

Parenting from the Couch

By M. | Jan 14, 2015
Forget Tiger Moms and Helicopter Parenting and the latest parental wackiness I’m coining, Fighter Jet Escort Parenting, a disturbing mutation … Read More →

The Six Fighting Words All Couples Know and Hate

By M. | Sep 3, 2015
After being married for two decades, I’ve noticed a couple of things about arguing with my husband. Probably the most … Read More →

Why I Wanted to Throw an Apple at My Husband’s Head for 20 Years

By M. | Jun 7, 2017
This is the somewhat true story of how my husband eating an apple in the car for twenty years nearly, … Read More →

Enjoy Every Minute of It? Do You Even Have Kids?

By M. | Mar 24, 2016
“Enjoy every minute of it” is the most well-meaning piece of parenting advice, and yet, the most ridiculously delusional. This … Read More →

The Modern Midlife Crisis

By M. | Sep 2, 2014
It’s not your parents’ midlife crisis. Hey, how’s your midlife crisis going? Mine’s great, thanks for asking. I can no … Read More →

Vacation Daddy

By M. | Jul 6, 2016
Something happens to my husband when we go on vacation. He turns into what we refer to as, Vacation Daddy. … Read More →

Seven Signs of the Aging Apocalypse

By M. | Jan 29, 2019
Locust? Famine? Floods? You wish. Nope. The Aging Apocalypse is not the end of the world, just the end of … Read More →

Doing Time in Elementary School

By M. | Sep 7, 2017
This is my 13th consecutive year with a child in elementary school. It’s also, finally, my last. I’ve done my … Read More →

The Legend of The Fourth of July in My Hometown

By M. | Jul 4, 2017
When I was growing up, July 4th was my favorite holiday. Forget the high holy days, or even the guaranteed … Read More →

Vacation or Trip? A Helpful Guide for Parents

By M. | Jul 14, 2015
So, you’re headed out on a family vacation this summer. Great news! But are you sure? Are you sure it’s … Read More →

The Default Parent™

By M. | Sep 16, 2014
Are you the default parent? If you have to think about it, you’re not. You’d know. Trust me. The default … Read More →

Gen Xers, Unite! Or Don’t. Whatever.

By M. | Mar 5, 2020
You’ve got to hand it to Gen Xers. We have been so ambivalent about everything we have finally been totally … Read More →

The Hair Pulling Madness of the Campus Tour

By M. | Feb 23, 2017
I was a tour guide in college. I worked in admissions. I’ve consulted with students applying to college. I know … Read More →

The Wallet Years: The Worst Stage of Parenting?

By M. | Oct 16, 2018
There is much debate about the worst stage of parenting. Is it when they are newborns and don’t sleep? Is … Read More →

The Default Parent Resume

By M. | Feb 15, 2016
Resumes are kind of my thing. My entire career has been evaluating applicants on their professional experience, but lately it occurs … Read More →

45 Years Old Isn’t the “New” Anything

By M. | Aug 24, 2015
Turns out 45 years old is just 45 years old. An age that means you are old enough to not … Read More →

A Letter to My Friends on New Year’s Day

By M. | Jan 1, 2016
Dear Friends, It is the first day of the year and of course I want to wish you a Happy … Read More →

Teenagers in the Mist

By M. | Dec 5, 2016
Nestled deep within the quiet suburban setting, we come upon the natural habitat of the complex human, known as The … Read More →

September is the Worst

By M. | Sep 30, 2015
Not to be totally paranoid, but I’m pretty sure September is trying to kill me. Forget December and the holiday … Read More →

Open Letter To My Kids About Summer

By M. | Jun 17, 2015
Hey Kids, Feel free to leave your stuff wherever you want this summer. Half drunk smoothies in the family room? … Read More →

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