The Infinite Value of the Smile

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“Don’t stare,” says my mom as she cuffs the back of my head and nudges me along through the store. I’m 6 years old. Old enough to notice that people are different, but not yet Read More …

What motherhood could learn from Fight Club

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“Welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club! Third rule of Read More …

I’m Falling Apart at the Seams

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Up until last week the only thing I had to worry about slipping out was a little bit of pee if I jumped up and down too much. Now I have to worry about my Read More …

What a Driving Test Taught Me about Parenting

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One of the things you quickly learn when you move to a foreign country is that your identity does not move along with you. Credit history – none. ID cards – invalid. University degrees – Read More …

5 Things I’ve Learned About Birthdays

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Once you have children, it takes a ton of effort by others you to keep your birthday from becoming just another chance to worship at the high holy altar of “well damn, when did I Read More …

A Table for Four in the Sun

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When the sun shines down on the Oxfordshire countryside, one must simply rush out of the house to take advantage of it. For our family, these sunny days are usually celebrated by a picnic. We Read More …

There’s No Nice Way to Ask a Woman If She’s Pregnant

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When I was pregnant, I worried that people would think I was just fat. Now I worry that people will think I'm pregnant. — Lynn Morrison (@NomadMomDiary) July 3, 2014 The lovely dark-haired woman climbs Read More …

The Twelve Step Guide to Surviving Lice, Worms and Other Parasites

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Four little words that strike fear into the hearts of every mom: “Mommy, my _________ itches!” Congratulations, you are the newest contestant in the Parasite Rodeo. You and your partner have got at least 48 Read More …

What the heck is she saying?

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Everyone talks about the upsides of raising multilingual children. Just ask me. I’ll tell you how they’ll be smarter and prettier and just plain better than all of their peers. It will be research this Read More …

When a BA in Booty Calls Ain’t Enough

What do you do when you have no idea how to teach your kids about sex and technology?

Geneva, Switzerland. Summer 2003. In Da Club is at the top of the charts, it’s the hottest summer in Europe in 100 years and the only thing higher than the temps are the tempers of Read More …

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