One Practice A Week

“There’s only one soccer practice a week,” he said, “Seven to eight pm on Mondays, and then the game is on Saturday…  It’s not bad.” I had trouble fathoming it. But what time do you eat dinner? 8pm. Do you come home and cook afterwards? Cook before or during – parents don’t have to stay for … Continue reading

Why Some Women Love the Ban Bossy Campaign

Sheryl Sandberg’s campaign to “Ban Bossy” when talking about girls, so that they’re less likely to be discouraged from being leaders, has generated some serious backlash.  Some have objected to the campaign by schooling us on the differences between being bossy and being a leader. Indeed, these words are not synonymous in the dictionary.  Some, especially … Continue reading

To Ban Bossy Or Not?

Better that 500 bossy girls go free, than that one leader girl be discouraged.  Or something like that.  Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook who urged us to Lean In, is now teaming up with others urging us not to call girls “bossy” in her “Ban Bossy” Campaign.  To a certain extent, the sentiment makes … Continue reading

Celebrating the Holidays

My piece on Brain, Mother blog with Lauren Apfel on why I love celebrating the holidays.  A little belated, but I am aiming to get my holiday cards out by the end of January, so it isn’t the only thing belated this winter.  Happy New 2014 everyone! 🙂 Also, for the record, what we … Continue reading


“Why is he standing by the road? What does the sign say?” one of our 5 year old asks sweetly from the back while we’re at the stoplight.  “Homeless and hungry. ANYTHING HELPS,” the sign reads.  I wait a beat and weigh my words. “It says he doesn’t have a house,” I say. The peanut … Continue reading

Save The Champagne

“Denitza Blagev has a blog in the works,” I saw Lauren comment on Facebook, and until then it had not occurred to me to actually start one.  We had talked about the possibility and I’ve enjoyed writing for a long time, but I took about a decade off.  After medical school, I was so submerged in the … Continue reading

Mad Women redux on The Broad Side

A shorter version of Mad Women has been published at The Broad Side at

We Survived Childhood, They Will Too

My new post on evidence-free parenting up on scarymommy today. Check it out at   How long can I manage to breastfeed? Is any formula OK? Should they sleep train? Cry it out? Is it OK to bring them in bed with you when the often described but never witnessed “put down in crib … Continue reading