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Parenting and the Art of Distraction

17 Jan 2019
A Practicing Parent
Yesterday was like any other day at 5pm. I was making dinner, and my son (Luke), four, was absorbed in his one, daily-allowed TV episode. Me: “Look at you! You’re so cute!” I gushed to my dog Snoopy as she wagged her tail at me. Luke: “I’m cute too.” (I guess he wasn’t that absorbed.) Me. “Of course you are.” Luke: “I’m cuter than Snoopy.” Me: “I am allowed to tell Snoopy that she’s cute. It doesn’t mean that I don’t think you’re cute too.” Luke: “But I’m cuter!” Thankfully, he turned back to his...
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Upper School Pressure

20 Dec 2018
A Practicing Parent
I’ve recently been thinking about the first time I ran the NYC Marathon and what I recall most vividly is this: my fellow runners anxiously discussing their training techniques right before the start at the Verrazano Bridge. “I stretched for over an hour this morning, and used a foam roller to work out the knots in my calves,” said one woman. I didn’t do that. “I’ve been eating pasta for a week and carbo loading for a month,” said another. I didn’t do that. “I did three 22-mile training runs and ran 100 miles a...
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Generational Teen Angst

24 Oct 2018
A Practicing Parent
I heard an eye-opening anecdote today that reveals how difficult it is to be a parent of a teen. Melissa*, my friend, relayed the narrative of her challenging morning. “You’re going to school today? With me?? On the bus???,” said Ally*, her 13-year-old daughter. Melissa was attending a talk at Ally’s school, so it made sense for her to just hop on the school bus. But it did not make sense to Ally. Melissa positioned herself at a window seat leaving space for Ally, who just rolled her eyes and moved past her mom, choosing...
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Is My Kid Normal?

21 Apr 2018
A Practicing Parent
Yesterday was not a stellar parenting moment. After school drop-off, this was my text to a few close friends: [My daughter (let’s call her Jessie) is 13 and my son (Luke) is 4.] Jessie, Luke and I left the apartment at the same time. Jessie had a big test today so she was rushing to get to school and hit the elevator button. “I wanted to hit the button,” said Luke. I had to run back for his lunchbox, so Jessie left. “I wanted to hit the button,” said Luke again. “Hit the button now,” I...
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