Mother’s Manifesto for a Healthy Baby
    December 17, 2010
    Mother’s Manifesto for a Healthy Baby

    I hesitate to tackle the topic of pregnancy and babies. For one thing, I run the risk of getting myself so delighted at the thought that I decide to go for Baby #4. On the other hand, I run the risk o…

    In Praise of the Family Dinner
    December 16, 2010
    In Praise of the Family Dinner

    My mother, no doubt, feels vindicated. She always insisted on “family time” as she called it. Our entire family was required to sit down at the dinner table together – no TV, no phone calls. To …

    There’s a new Toxin in Toyland
    December 15, 2010
    There’s a new Toxin in Toyland

    The Christmas of 2007 might go down as the year that parents were paralyzed by toy recalls, with more than 25 million taken off the shelves. In August 2008, U.S. congress passed the Consumer Product S…

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…Regift?
    December 14, 2010
    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…Regift?

    A few years ago I was given a food processor. It was a nice enough food processor but there was something huh? about this gift. I hadn’t asked for one. Indeed, I already possessed a food processor. …

    Exorcising Ghosts of Christmas Past
    December 13, 2010
    Exorcising Ghosts of Christmas Past

    My mother loved the holidays. While she feigned poverty the other 364 days of the year, (“If you need new sneakers, you’ll just have to wait until Christmas.”), she pulled out all the stops on D…