Tag Archives: Decluttering

New York Times: The More the Merrier, and the Messier

I wanted simple and orderly. Hosting 20 house guests is neither of these.

Happy to share my latest!

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New Book! So Glad They Told Me

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Which is harder?  The everyday rush of school lunches, the laundry on the floor, the arguments between kids, and the complaining about chores?  Or is it the call from the school nurse, the feverish child, or the crisis of a bee sting or a bloody knee?

That’s what I write about in my essay in the brand-new anthology So Glad They Told Me: Women Get Real About Motherhood. I’m honored to be a part of this book, which is about – well, let me just put this here because it says it so well:

“In the increasingly competitive culture of modern motherhood, parenting advice can often be judgmental, unrealistic, or smug. Or sometimes, there isn’t anyone there to offer advice or support. Mothers may be feel isolated and lack a support network to provide honest advice, and others may face a barrage of unwarranted, unhelpful tips or warnings. This collection of essays from 60 mothers will empower and unite parents with real, honest advice from women who have been there. These writers share the advice or support they received—or wish they had—on everything from pregnancy to surviving the first year to parenting teens to empty nest syndrome. Inspired by the viral essay and #SoGladTheyToldMe social media movement, this book aims to change conversations about motherhood by presenting a broader, more realistic, and more balanced image of motherhood so that women will feel less inadequate, adversarial, and isolated. So Glad They Told Me is filled with compassionate, honest advice, and the poignant, painful, and sometimes hilarious truths you wish your best girlfriends had told you about motherhood.

Where to find it?  On Amazon, of course, or you can ask your local bookstore or library to stock it.  Thanks, readers, for your support!

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Brain, Child Magazine: The Things We Keep

A bit of harmless decluttering hurled me into the past.  I’m so glad it did.

The Things We Keep

Published on Brain, Child on October 1, 2015

 

Washington Post: The Art Of Magically Tidying Your House (With Kids)

First, remove all children from the house.

The Art Of Magically Tidying Your House (With Kids)

Published on Washington Post, September 21, 2015

 

Washington Post: Your Kids, Too? Practical Advice When Kids Have Too Much Stuff

Your Kids, Too?  Practical Advice When Kids Have Too Much Stuff

Published in Washington Post, November 11, 2014

Washington Post: My Kids Have Too Much Stuff

My Kids Have Too Much Stuff

We’re drowning in toys.  Can we do with less?

Published on washingtonpost.com, October 16, 2014