14Oct

On Being Judged as a Mom

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I don't think I truly ever gave motherhood a thought before I stumbled into it 11-1/2 years ago after the birth of my first daughter. I didn't really know what how much my life would change after having kids. I was very young (in my opinion) when I had my first and I just wanted to do it all. But I found out quickly that I couldn't and over the years I've made decisions to enable to be a better parent, while not forgoing all my dreams, and unfortunately, I have been judged for them, even here on this blog. My original tag line was "For moms not ready to Read More

02Sep

School Daze

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I'm a huge Spike Lee fan, but in case you were wondering, no, I am not going to be writing or talking about his hit 1988 film School Daze. I'm talking about the daze I'm left in after looking after two tween aged kids for one month straight. Don't get me wrong, I do cherish this time with them and realize they are short, so please don't misunderstand or misinterpret me, as some of you often do. But as a mom who works from home, it's hard to entertain two kids who still love and crave all my attention. And it's a lot of work to keep two them content, Read More

01Oct

Mom Gone Wild

Mom Gone Wild

I found this video about a WAHM on my friend, Ilana's, blog tonight. It was inspired by a young woman who quits her job via video dancing around the office she decidedly spent a year of slavery in to the tune of Gone by Kanye West. In the domesticated version (video above), a mom dances around the house she's expected to clean, in addition to keeping up her work responsibilities. She dances in front of piles of dishes. Trash. Unmade beds.  Flotsam in the sink. And so, like her predecessor , she decides to leave. Only it's to get milk. Oddly enough, in Read More

23Sep

A Return to the Land of the Living

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When I left my full time job after my first daughter was born, I don’t think I was fully functioning.  Call it post partum.  Call it temporary insanity.  I don’t know what you would call it.  All I know is that within days after my departure, I felt a hole in my gut and I knew I had made the wrong decision.  I had looked to stay-at-home moms with a tinge of jealousy before leaving the work-force and I really wanted to be home with my daughter.  Then I got pregnant and had two babies at home, and I knew it was wrong. For me, anyway (please don't read this Read More

03Sep

Disconnected in 5774

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I've been quiet here lately, posting the odd theater ticket giveaway or twitter update.  There are several reasons for this but the main one being that I've been traveling with my family in the country where my husband was born.  All of my children's first cousins are here in England and we've been visiting their uncles, aunts and grandmother. We also have family coming in from a great distance to spend the Jewish New Year with us. We spent a glorious week in Ireland before  coming here, which definitely gave me food for fodder, and I will be writing Read More

09Aug

The Unintentional Opt Out

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When my first child was born, I had feelings that I never thought I would have. As a staunch feminist...as the daughter of a mother who's business afforded my college tuition..as an independent working woman who had lived in NYC for 10 years prior to getting married....I was the last person you would have ever thought would choose to stay home with my kids.  I was the girl who had spent the first part of my career looking for the right fit and had finally found it in a job that I loved. I was the girl who loved splitting the check while we were dating. Read More

29Jul

Where I’ve Been

Where I’ve Been

I haven't been writing as much recently and if you are an avid reader, which I hope you are, I thought I'd let you know where I've been and where else you can find me when there is nothing new here. Other than binging on the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, catching shows like Matilda, The Assembled Parties and Shakespeare in the Park and hanging out at the pool and beach with my kids, here's what I've been up to. I'm honored to call myself a sometimes contributor to two sites that I personally love reading very much, Women & Hollywood and Read More

17May

When Mom Goes Away

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I've been away from home  a lot more than usual the last few weeks. I've been traveling with a client and have really cranked up the air miles, traveling to Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Charlotte and Washington, DC. The timing collided with the start of a new job for my husband, so I knew it would prove difficult for him.  It also coincided with a show I was producing, Listen to Your Mother.  But the bulk of my priorities remained at home as the primary caretaker, and I needed to plan to be away for days at a time. Now I'm on the last leg of the tour, Read More

10Apr

Intuition

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How do you feel about intuition? Do you hear a bell go off in your head when the world wants you to go in a specific direction and do you make your decisions based on what your gut feeling is telling you? Intuition can be very powerful, particularly when you don't even know it's standing right in front of you, trying to tell you something. I'm the kind of person whose life is led with my heart. I tend to lean toward projects and jobs I am hopeful will plug into my passion.  This can be both an asset and a flaw.  I'm hoping my kids are more rational Read More

12Oct

A Week of Kvelling and Changes

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This week was a week full of ups and downs. It started with a true high when the play I've been working on, THE BEST OF EVERYTHING based on the book by Rona Jaffe, got a 4 star rating and was the "critic's pick" in the New York Times and my name was mentioned.  I'm not kidding, scroll down to the bottom of the piece and there is my name in lights!  This play is so deserving and I can't tell you how honored I am to have my name attached. The writing, the casting, the direction, the set, the costumes and the fact that the story is utterly timeless make Read More