I want to lean into the doldrums of thick, hazy August in Boston and take the chance to stay put, relax, and explore more of our city — staycation style!
Author Archive | Jenny Berk
I have a huge dilemma. It’s one I’ve never quite dealt with before in the 13 years I’ve been a mom. All three of my kids are going off to sleepaway camp.
My daughter just turned 13. From everything I’ve been reading about what it’s like to parent a teenager, you’d think I’d be running for the hills or finding a good therapist. I’m not going to lie — it’s definitely more challenging to have an older child in the home who has strong opinions, heightened emotions, […]
I consider myself a foodie. Yes, I’m a vegetarian bordering on vegan, but I’m a foodie nonetheless! I am that person who walks into a farmer’s market and gets realllly irrationally excited for the heirloom tomatoes on display that day or the unique fruit or veggie offering I’ve never tasted before. I love specialty stores […]
This is a joyous season, to be sure. Christmas lights, Christmas cookies, stocking stuffers, and Christmas carols. You can imagine, though, as a Jewish girl growing up in the suburbs, I always had a tinge of jealousy not being able to celebrate in quite the same way. Sure, we had a Hannukah bush and Hannukah […]
I remember very clearly the day my grandfather died. I was 13, and as a family we flew to Deadwood, South Dakota, where my grandparents lived. As we entered his home, I remember feeling his presence. I remember experiencing a pang of sadness when I saw his handwriting on a letter placed on his desk. […]
Much has been written about the dreaded helicopter parent. You know, the parent with the best of intentions who hovers over her child incessantly, holding him as he rides down the slide, interjecting with opinions before the child has a chance to speak, and generally allowing little to no freedom for that child to fail, […]
Make no mistake, there are wonderful and valid reasons to strive to have family meals as often as possible. Extensive research has shown that engaging in family meals is linked to fewer depressive episodes, greater academic achievement, more positive family interactions, and connectedness and greater instances of healthy and balanced eating. Despite all that, more […]
We all need a little support sometimes. I know both new and seasoned mommies like to feel they can do it all, but that is often what leads us to burnout and misery. For me, it’s the mundane tasks I would like to outsource — yard work, laundry, running errands with kids in tow, etc. It can […]
Look, just because I’m a mom doesn’t mean I don’t need to have adventures, blow off some steam, and even be a little naughty sometimes. And thanks to the breadth of amazing and interesting offerings available in Boston, moms can do this in a really fun yet safe (and socially acceptable!) way these days. No […]
I’m now a mom of a certain age. I just turned 44. The very next day my youngest daughter turned 7, and despite my attempts to turn back the clock, I could not gird against this inevitable reality. I used to pray there would be a day when I didn’t have to wipe butts, co-sleep, carry […]
Every mom has experienced this: A wayward goldfish that fell off your daughter’s plate makes it into your mouth. Or maybe the remnants of a “gourmet” lunch of chicken nuggets oddly call your name during the little one’s naptime. Or maybe the kiddo is eating so slowly and you’re late for the Gymboree class, so you help […]