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October 18, 2011 | 6:10 pm
This morning was a bit of a somber morning for me… Our six-grader headed out to a four-day overnight Science camp today! I have to emphasize the OVERNIGHT part since it was the only thing I heard when first learning about this little adventure, which might as well had said a...
October 10, 2011 | 6:32 pm
At a flag football game for my 1st grader, I couldn’t help but enjoy my son’s aggressiveness. I know how wrong that sounds, however after trying soccer, baseball, basketball and tennis I’m happy to see that he finally at the old age of six, found his sport! Besides, its only flag...
September 5, 2011 | 5:25 pm
What is it about children that makes them want to jump all over people, me in particular? I am sitting on the couch, minding my own business when out of nowhere my six-year-old son decides to pounce on me. Not only pounce like a cheetah, or a lion or pick your own animal but start...
August 9, 2011 | 6:23 pm
The other day my kids asked me if I had a pet when I was a child, which made me tell them a little story about the kitten we had for a week. This story went something like this:
When I was about eight-years-old and my brother five, we begged our parents to get us a dog or a cat all...
August 2, 2011 | 2:37 pm
Apparently, The Tooth Fairy is going through tough economic times too. 10% of children did not receive any money this year, and 7% received less than a dollar. Are you kidding me? First of all, I don’t understand the whole “Tooth Fairy” thing as it is. In what messed up...
July 29, 2011 | 9:48 pm
July 21, 2011 | 3:30 pm
From the Messy Closet of Julia Beynart-Bendis
My Dearest Neighbor:
How are you? Hope this note finds you well. Remember the party your threw last weekend at your house? I wanted to thank you for it, unfortunately somehow I did not receive the invitation. Therefore I wanted to...
July 18, 2011 | 9:26 pm
July 9, 2011 | 3:20 pm
Every time I’m at the Supermarket, I start to remember my very first trip to one just like it. When you come to America from the former Soviet Union and enter ANY grocery store, you are bound to go into shock. As I’ve written before, the shelves of U.S.S.R.’s grocery stores...
July 6, 2011 | 12:01 pm
I am just not as Tiger-esque as I had hoped to be this summer, in fact I am the very opposite of the Tiger Mother! But, I did have big plans to become one over the summer break… And even bigger plans to grow a pair when it comes to my children NOT sitting around watching TV,...
July 2, 2011 | 2:59 pm
The other day a friend of mine told me that I am the only person she knows that still owns an answering machine… Apparently, everyone else in the world has long done away with those and only using electronic voice-mail now. I’m a bit slow with technology, I admit. However, I...
June 29, 2011 | 4:22 pm
1. Why Oh why do people insist on asking how you are doing, when they don’t plan on listening to the answer? Just say “Hello” and keep walking! But don’t ask people how they are, and then interrupt them mid-sentence to tell them how late you are and need to run!
2. Why is it that...
June 23, 2011 | 11:51 am
Ever since my Grandmother passed away twelve years ago, I have been feeling like I am never alone. Even if the house is completely silent and free from all and any rambunctious/annoying children, I always feel like there is someone else in there with me. Being pretty superstitious,...
June 20, 2011 | 2:12 pm
June 16, 2011 | 10:02 am
What has become of chivalry? Does it even exist anymore? Everywhere I go I’m seeing women carrying big packages, pushing bulky strollers, and lugging around overweight toddlers while their men are cruising by without a care in the world! The thing is that it doesn’t even seem like...
June 9, 2011 | 11:50 am
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May 31, 2011 | 1:18 pm
Lately I’ve been thinking about the many jobs I have had, all through my teenage years and adulthood. The reason I started thinking about them is simple: every time my children talk about what they want to do when they grow up, and it changes daily, I usually have a funny anecdote...
May 27, 2011 | 1:44 pm
May 23, 2011 | 3:17 pm
As much as I love to participate in any and all civic duties, being chosen for Jury Duty just wasn’t going to happen. Believe it or not, this was the first time I had ever received a notification requiring me to fulfill my civil duty. As I opened the letter, immediately I started...
May 15, 2011 | 6:07 pm
May 12, 2011 | 9:37 am
Apparently, there is a new study out that specifically links breast-fed babies with a better behavior when they are four or five years old, than those that weren’t breast-fed. Are you kidding me? Of course breast-feeding your child is good for them, we all know that by now. Do...
May 3, 2011 | 11:28 am
When I first heard about Amy Chua, the self-professed Chinese Tiger Mother, I didn’t understand what all the hype, the drama and the hatred was about. After reading more about her and her parenting memoir “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”, I couldn’t help but like her even more!...
April 28, 2011 | 3:33 pm
Watching Chelsea Handler the other night made me think of all the idiotic names parents give their children these days. You might have guessed by that intro that she had none other than Gwyneth Paltrow as a guest on her show. As Chelsea asked about her daughter Apple, I couldn’t...
April 18, 2011 | 3:07 pm
How do you prepare for Passover when the rest of the world doesn’t stop to observe it? When the rest of the world takes a break for Christian holidays, and people have time to cook and prepare for a religious celebration, do they realize how much it sucks to be a Jew, a Muslim or...
April 13, 2011 | 6:02 pm
I had to write about this phenomenon called ‘Date Night’. Every couple I know has date nights where they spend an evening away from home, kids, pets, etc, while throwing money away doing it… Only in America do people label every activity including a simple night out with their...
April 11, 2011 | 2:07 pm
What started out as a surprise of a lifetime, quickly turned into a XXX porn show for many children and one particular fifth-grader.
I like to think that I am a pretty fun parent, but when my husband and I surprised our eleven-year-old with tickets to Thirty Seconds to Mars concert,...
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