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A Moving City

Posted by mwallach on October 25, 2011 in My Kids

Dear That’s Life, Taking a long flight overseas requires a certain amount of guts and copious amounts of patience. Akin to a flying city, all of its citizens have signed up in exchange for safe passage to a particular destination. Confined to a small space but with enough room to move around, there are clear [...]

 
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Yup – She’s Ours

Posted by mwallach on October 15, 2011 in My Kids

Dear That’s Life, It is unclear why I am still surprised by what my kids say. They are, in fact, my children, capable of anything. “Out of the mouths of babes” and “Kids say the darndest things” applies here on a daily basis. Somehow, their comments reflect their personalities. “I hope you wrote that one [...]

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Excuse Me, Are You Jewish?

Posted by mwallach on October 10, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, There is often a comfort in numbers – a benefit to having shared the same experience with others. While I appreciate that my kids are not the only children to engage in the following behavior, it does not make me feel better to know that your child does this, too. And though [...]

 
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Apples, Ice Cream and Laughter

Posted by mwallach on October 4, 2011 in My Kids

Dear That’s Life, No matter what holiday you celebrate, we all have traditions. They take the form of a favorite set of dishes, kept tucked away for special occasions, or a seasonal recipe, made at a particular time of year. Whatever the case may be, when you see those items, your home is transported and [...]

 
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There’s a Bathroom on the Right

Posted by mwallach on September 20, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, You do not know a person until you live with them. That’s the bottom line. I joke that before we were engaged to be married, I did not know my husband was a Mets fan nor that he would never play Scrabble with me. I did not know he did not like [...]

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Only as Old as I Feel

Posted by mwallach on September 20, 2011 in My Kids

Dear That’s Life, It is safe to say that I thoroughly enjoyed my first Facebook birthday. When I used that term in conversation with a friend, her response was, “Your what?” Despite never having actually having heard anyone else say that before, I am convinced it is not original. I explained that it meant sharing [...]

 
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Intense Waiters, Y’all

Posted by mwallach on August 23, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, With day camp ending and my girls having returned last week from sleepaway, the school year seems to be right around the corner. Some take the opportunity to get away for a couple of days, others scour stores for back to school sales, and many do a little of both. For a [...]

 
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Time-Out for Mommy?

Posted by mwallach on August 17, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, I thought the conversation was over. The jury was back, the case closed. I thought I had made myself clear, but clearly, I was wrong. Now, I needed to be punished, or so concluded my younger son. The Kletzky tragedy sent every parent into a tailspin, and for good reason. In an [...]

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I Have a Bat, and I Know How to Use It

Posted by mwallach on August 15, 2011 in My Kids

Dear That’s Life, Growing up, we never had an alarm on our house. My parents used to joke that there was nothing to be stolen anyway. “What are they going to take – books?” they would ask tongue-in-cheek. With a father who was a rabbi and a mother a curator, our valuables lined book shelves [...]

 
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Not Your Typical ‘Ninth of Av’ Reading Material

Posted by mwallach on August 9, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, A principal I once worked for joked that G-d was clearly not a school administrator. If He was, so many major Jewish holidays would not have been scheduled in the first month of school. As it is, between all of the days off, you can often count the number of days in [...]

 
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We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

Posted by mwallach on July 25, 2011 in My Kids

Dear That’s Life, Like the repeated working and strengthening of a muscle, one’s performance is supposed to improve with the repetition of a particular act. It is therefore unclear, after numerous visiting days in sleepaway camp and trips upstate, why I havebeen unable to perfect the experience. At this point it should be a science, [...]

 
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Tradition, Tradition!

Posted by mwallach on July 20, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, At the end of what felt like an interminable fast day (how’s THAT for a contradiction in terms), it seems a bit staged that I have poured my coffee into my beloved “It’s All Good” coffee mug. There’s something insanely ironic about my choice, though it may have come down to simply [...]

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Time Stands Still

Posted by mwallach on July 12, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, For the first time in almost six years, my husband and I went on a vacation without our children. I wondered if I would feel badly about not taking them with us or if I would have trouble walking out the door, JFK my destination. Would I have to fight back tears [...]

 
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Please Silence Your Child

Posted by mwallach on July 6, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, I have played the role of ‘parent on plane with screaming child’ way too many times. Ear infections, temper tantrums, or simply suffering from exhaustion, almost anything can set off one of my children on a crowded flight. On an empty flight they’re great, nary a peep be heard from any of [...]

 
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Hangin’ with Kim and Khloe? Not Exactly.

Posted by mwallach on July 2, 2011 in My Kids

Dear That’s Life, Every time I hear the theme song for a kids television show watched over and over again in my home, I wonder in what alternate universe does summer vacation really exist for 104 days. It seems to me that getting kids ready for sleep away camp and packing trunks is a chore [...]

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Nothin’ But Net

Posted by mwallach on June 1, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, While we were not amidst the sea of ’Hangover 2’ viewers last weekend, my son was one of the reasons ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ did so well, seeing it twice in three days. A group of boys went on Friday after school in honor of someone’s birthday, accounting for his first viewing. The [...]

 
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I Want to be Forever Young

Posted by mwallach on May 22, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, This may sound completely crazy, even for me, but I often forget that I have twins. Having one boy and one girl, with completely different personalities and no shared resemblances, it often slips my mind that they came as a package deal. We have also always made an effort not to refer to [...]

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Small Talk

Posted by mwallach on May 17, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, My Kids

Dear That’s Life, “You look good for having six kids,” she said.  It is not the first time someone has said that to me and the exhausted feeling I get every time I hear it does not get old. I know it is meant as a compliment, but because it seems to inform on what [...]

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Happy Mother’s Day

Posted by mwallach on May 9, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, I love Mother’s Day. Even more than my birthday, which I truly enjoy, there is something about Mother’s Day that automatically makes me smile. The cynics in my life would refer to it as a ‘Hallmark Holiday’ and claim that had it not been for someone wanting to sell cards, this day [...]

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5/1/11

Posted by mwallach on May 2, 2011 in My Kids, New To You, New Yorkers

Dear That’s Life, It was one of those moments that you will always remember where you were when you heard the news. The death of Osama bin Laden is a triumph of good over evil, a victory for the United States and those who fight with us, and a moment of comfort for all those [...]

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