Posts Tagged‘children’

Did You Hear That?

DID YOU HEAR THAT?  Yep. It was definitely the universal end-of-August exhale—the one that happens right after the first bell has rung, the pledge has been said, and we’ve placed our orders at the Starbucks drive-through window. Whew! As a parent of near-adult people, I feel it’s my civic duty to pass on some stuff not to do with your kids, from my infamous “whatever-you-do-don’t-do-that” list. Maybe it will help you—or you can skip this, and enjoy your Starbucks. Cheers, by the way. You’ve earned it! I was in the process of assembling a list of the top ten things…

The Unspoken Burden of Children

This is one of the most important posts I’ve written in a while—at least, it feels like it. It’s about children and is specifically for the parents of children. I believe children are our most precious and vulnerable members of society; they simply cannot exist alone. They are also the most truthful witnesses of society. As parents, who we are for our children directly affects their trajectories. To speak to parents about their children is the most sacred thing I do; I feel the pressure to be honest yet never diminish the efforts of parents or children and their unique,…

Ground Zero

In September 2001, I was 37 and married with two children—both girls, a six-year-old and a two-year-old. We lived at parks, swimming pools, and, when it was too hot, the kids section of the Barnes and Noble. I was busy creating a grand life for some lucky kids who were going to get the childhood they deserved (I hope you hear some absurdity here). The morning of 9/11, I had just returned from dropping off the children at school and was stepping out of the shower when I saw that the first WTC had a substantial hole in it. By 10…