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The perpetrator’s father’s entitled paean to contextualize his son’s crime (“20 minutes of action”) put the lens on deeper issues of privilege, entitlement, a society that perpetuates violence against women and sexualization of girls and women, and our endless focus on achievement over compassion. Are parents so bogged down in their children’s “success statistics” that teaching kids the simple goal of being a good human being is being left at the wayside?

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I don’t know how she does it……..

I do. She doesn’t do it. I enjoyed the book – I will see the movie – and whether or not you think it has a happy ending depends on your point of view. But just like “Eat, Pray, Love” or “Bridget Jones’ Diary” those other manifestos of women and love – it IS a […]

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Back to school…….

Since I was 5 years old, my year has begun in September. And since I have spent my entire adult life either as a student or a professor in a university, decades later that still holds true. September is a new beginning…… As a college professor – I love the beginning of the academic year. […]

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Penguins and Pickles

Shanti asked me if we could go to Antarctica. She is 7. I told her I would look into it, and my preliminary research revealed that the cost of the trip was about $10000 each. I told her that. She looked at me, and said, “Well, that means twenty thousand dollars for two people, we […]

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Half of Life is Showing Up: Flakiness and Relationships in Los Angeles

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As a parent, I recognize that these conversations are on my radar – but more and more I hear people pulling at their hair and saying “kids these days are so entitled”, “what happened to manners?”, “kids can’t pay attention to anything” etc. etc. We reap what we sow. I live in Los Angeles, California. […]

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Baby Shower Gifts – What a Parent Really Needs

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My sister is having a baby – a boy, due in November. It is my first foray into being an aunt. I am so excited about her pregnancy, about being an “Auntie”, about being with a baby again. I have two phenomenal daughters, never intend to have more. I love babies. I actually don’t like […]

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Marry a parent?: Thoughts on Choosing a Spouse

Before you start thinking this is a treatise on laws against nature, or a statement on our Freudian tendency to marry mom – stop. I mean something quite different. Most of my friends have been married 10 plus years, several are ending their marriages, many have children. These divorces take place on a continuum from […]

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The Game of Life: An Authentic Approach

Most of us played it as children. The game of Life – the one with the great spinny thing in the middle of the board. I played it yesterday with my daughter on the train – it is now available on the iTouch. As we played it dawned on me that the game of Life […]

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Mothering 101: Parenting in a Modern Age

What does it mean to be a good mother? I struggled with that one today. So many of our performance indicators in this society are tangible and objective – dollars and cents, scores, grades. Sadly, this has devolved into how we judge so many non-quantifiable skills like mothering, marriage, friendship, and just plain life. I […]

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Mother’s Day: The Perfect Gift for a Mother Any Day

Mama – what should we do Sunday? So asked my 2 lovely little girls. We are almost at Mother’s Day – a day of phone calls, cards, fully booked brunches, flowers, and hand painted mugs. When you ask a mom what she wants – you get the stock answers – I want my children to […]

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