State of America’s Fathers 2016

state of america's fathers

Men say they can do more. They want to do more. But they can't do it alone. In the latest State of America's Fathers report, produced by MenCare and Promundo US, research breaks down what it takes to support caring, involved dads.The hope is that the report will increase the visibility and value of care work in the United States at the national level with never-before-analyzed data and bold policy recommendations. It seeks to influence and improve policies and programming for parents, particularly for the most vulnerable families and fathers. The report Read More


Guest Post: Big Apple Circus Review


Guest writer Liat Ginsberg is a mother and former journalist for the Israeli newspaper, Maariv. She taught at the Film and Media Department at Hunter College. You know a show is child-approved when your own kids tell you in the middle that it's amazing. When my kids did this very thing in the middle of Big Apple Circus, I knew it was worth the trip into the city to catch the show at Lincoln Center. I also knew it was a great choice by the happy adults in the audience. If you think to yourself, “Oh, I took my kids last year to the circus, it’s probably Read More


Going Back in Time with Netflix


One of the things I love about Netflix is that it takes me back in time to my own childhood. We’ve already watched many of my own favorite films from childhood like Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science and I’ve recently come across a whole slew of films based on books I grew with like A Wrinkle in Time, The Babysitters Club, Hugo, The Babysitter’s Club, James and the Giant Peach, Escape to Witch Mountain and Goosebumps. We've also watched some of my favorite shows like Gilmore Girls, a show that I loved (but after rewatching nearly 200 Read More


A Mom in Pursuit of Solo Travel (Sans Guilt)


I've just spent a few days in the Florida Keys at a resort that's ideal for families. While I'm here, I've experienced several activities my kids would love - from fly fishing to jet skiing to a sunset cruise to a bike ride beyond the property. Only there's one catch - my kids aren't here. I'm on my own after a pursuit of solo travel. I'm actually covering the resort. It was recently renovated and I'll reviewing its new features for several publications I write for. I'm on a press trip with four other journalists. Some have kids, some don't. There Read More


Binging Gilmore Girls All These Years Later


I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Gilmore Girls on Netflix for a few reasons. For one thing, I selfishly wanted to revisit Stars Hollow, the fictional town in Connecticut in which the show was based. I missed its eccentric residents and I certainly missed Loralai and Rory. From Miss Patty's Dance School to Luke's Diner to Kim's Antiques to Weston's Bakery, I was eager to revisit parts of the show that remain etched in my memory. I have often wondered how I would perceive these characters and places today, as a mother and resident of a place not Read More


Moms Judging Other Mom’s Children

I've been reading a lot about moms judging other moms lately.  Well, I certainly have a lot to say about that, although I must admit that I'm kind of past the point of caring what other moms think about me and how I live my life.  I've come to the conclusion that we all have different ways of raising our kids and how we conduct our daily lives.  Whether we work or stay home, it's our own personal decisions and as women, we should stop sitting around judging each other.  Some women are not meant to be stay-at-home moms - I being one of them.  Some moms Read More


How She Does It by Britt Reints

This is the ninth entry in “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” a series of guest posts about the working mom/stay-at-home dilemma.  It’s written by Britt Reints from a wonderful blog called In Pursuit of Happiness.  Britt is also a freelance writer  who writes about traveling around the country with her family in an RV.  I met Britt last summer at BlogHer and it was one of those IRL connections that I cherish. When Holly first emailed me and asked if I wanted to participate in this series, my first thought was that I was woefully unqualified to discuss Read More


Book Review:Middle-Aged Spread Meets Motherhood in The Secret Diary of a New Mum Aged 43-1/4

Secret Diary of a New MomAged 43-1/2

On our recent trip to the UK, we brought back a few copies of a new book by first-time author, Cari Rosen, called  The Secret Diary of a New Mom Aged 43-1/4.  Cari and I have quite a few things in common.  While I have never met her personally, I know many people who have.  My husband grew up with her.  Our friend inspired her to write this book.  My brother-in-law worked with her father.   I am also a big fan of her Jewish Chronicle column,which inspired this book so I knew I liked her writing style before digging in.  But even more important than our Read More


Culture Mom TV: Parenthood

NBC's Parenthood storyline resonates with me week after week.  I haven't enjoyed a show this much since 30 Something.   I relate to this show on so many levels.  For one thing, it's about parents, and their problems and realities.  For another, it's about a family that has its ups and downs and shows that our problems are never singularly our own. You probably already know that the show follows the Braverman clan, five grown children, their families, and their aging parents.   Last week the parents, Zeek and Camille, played by Bonnie Bedelia and Craig Read More