What I Want to Tell My Mother-in-Law

Dear Mother-in-Law, According to society at large, you are supposed to be meddling, controlling, bossy, and possibly narcissistic.  Also according to society, I should resent, even hate, you.  I ought to take everything you say as uncharitably as possible.  Many women I know consider me lucky because I have never met you. You died in…

100 Years Ago: Mommy’s Medicine Cabinet

Last time I visited my grandmother, who is in her 90’s, she passed an old family book on to me, a copy of The Child Welfare Manual from 1915.  It had been given to my grandmother’s mother–my great-grandma–by her mother-in-law (my great-great-grandma).  At the time, it was the most up-to-date, cutting edge, in-vogue advice for…

If a Baby Gave Advice to Babies

As I tried to fall asleep around midnight a few nights ago, Little Bird, my baby, woke up and decided she had something on her mind. LB: Mom! Mom! You know how I’m the one who always gets to go grocery shopping with you? Me: Uh-huh.  Sleep. LB: I love the grocery store.  Everyone there…