It's a pretty short list. Renowned New Yorker cartoonist Jack Ziegler — aka my father — has generously allowed us to publish some of his never-before-seen parenting cartoons in a special series we're calling Jack Ziegler @ Science of Parenthood. When I was growing up, The New Yorker could always be found in our house, along with an entire library of cartoon books and collections. I spent a lot of time reading those books, Continue reading
Halloween to New Year's is a veritable gauntlet of great expectations and inevitable disappointment. So buckle up. We've got eight weeks of holiday hell joy ahead! 12:01 AM, November 1. After the treats have been collected, the tricks played out and the sugared-up kiddos are passed out their beds, this date marks the official start of the Holiday Season. (Though if you go by purveyors of Pumpkin-Spice Everything, you're forgiven if you Continue reading
Elementary school is about as diverse an ecosystem as you’ll find this side of the Peruvian rainforest. At the tip top of the food chain: the PTO Mom. With her distinct markings — headband, pearls, Talbot’s sweater sets and, among some Northern breeds, the Hermes scarf, knotted just so — the PTO Mom is by far the bitchiest of the parent types you’ll encounter in the elementary school environment. The PTO Mom — sometimes also called the Continue reading
Your toddler’s shifting preference for the one plate she will eat from without a cataclysmic reaction.
The amount of real money you will spend before your child “earns” enough to buy a 25 cent glow stick.