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No, Depression Is …

If you Google “what is depression,” you’ll find a lot of clinical explanations. It’s “feelings of severe despondency and dejection.” It’s “a common but serious illness.” It’s a disorder that “affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, in a given year.” It’s all of […]

‘Inside Out’ Could Save Countless Kids From Suffering in Silence

Like pretty much every parent in America, I sobbed my way through Inside Out. It’s what I’ve come to expect from Pixar movies since becoming a mother: Moments that will leave me in tears as I contemplate the fragility of childhood. What I didn’t expect was that upon re-watching Inside Out (it hit DVD and […]

10 Kids Books to Watch on Netflix

There’s long been a struggle to balance how much time our kids spend with their eyes on the TV vs. their noses burrowed in books. So what’s a Netflix-loving household to do to juggle the two? How about handing your kiddo a book … with the promise that they can watch the film version on […]

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What the ‘Mom on the Cellphone’ Is Really Doing

The letters always start out something like this: “To that mom on the cellphone” or “Hey mom with a cellphone.” The shaming begins quickly. “Don’t you know what you’re missing?” “Your child is growing up on the other side of that screen.” And on it goes. The arguments always have just enough truth to them […]

Why Hiring a Working Mom Could Be the Smartest Thing You Do

It was the sort of morning where everything that could go wrong was going wrong. The kid was sick. The husband unable to take off work to take her to the pediatrician. I had to take off from my still fairly new job to run her to the doctor. I had no choice. The kid […]

They’re Same Sex Wedding Photos; Get Over It

I started Sunday morning with 1,849 fans on the Facebook page for my blog, Inside Out Motherhood. Nothing compared to many of the “big” blogs, but nothing to sneeze at either. Then the number began to dip. One thousand eight hundred forty eight. One thousand eight hundred forty seven. One thousand eight hundred forty six… […]

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The Back-to-School Conversation We Should Be Having … But Aren’t

Nine out of 10. That’s how many kids in American elementary schools say they’re bullied in school every year. Sixty-four percent. That’s how many kids admit they’re bullied but never report it – be it out of fear or a feeling of helplessness. Startled yet? How about this statistic? In one survey of moms, 43 […]

‘Project MC Squared’ Is the Show Smart Young Girls Have Desperately Needed

“Yes, it’s true. Women do run the world,” so says the head of a super secret spy organization that employs teen girls to protect royalty on Project MC². It’s the latest in a string of Netflix original series for kids and perhaps the greatest offering to come out for tween girls in recent years. The […]

How You Become an Embarrassing Mom Overnight

It happens suddenly. One morning you wake up. You brush your teeth. You suck down something caffeinated. You put your pants on, one leg at a time, as one does. Your hair is even acting like it likes you this morning. You’re feeling, not quite normal because normal is boring, but regular … for you […]

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Why This Photographer Would Rather Take Photos of Your Kids Than Her Own

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it … well, you know how the saying goes. “Your daughter must just love having her photo taken!” or “Oh, your daughter must be so much better at having her photo taken than [insert self-deprecating comment about comment maker’s own children].” Considering she’s had a lens stuck thisclose […]

Brittney & Josh: An Engagement Session

  A lot of photographers have a lot of props in their arsenal. I confess I have a few favorites myself. But when I’m going out on a shoot, I always want to focus on the subject … and that means looking to their lives for the “props” that will really reflect their story. In […]

Why That Photographer Is Lying on the Ground

A photo appeared on Facebook this week of me. I’m sitting in the middle of the road, one leg thrown out to the side, the foot up and rooted to the ground. The other leg was bent and positioned beneath me in such a manner that it was holding me steady as I leaned forward, […]

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9 ‘Aladdin’ Facts you Probably Never Knew

If you can call something that hasn’t even hit the quarter century mark a classic, Aladdin fits the bill. Introduced in theaters at Thanksgiving in 1992, the Robin Williams movie was Disney’s 31st feature length animated flick, and one that rode a magic carpet into the history books, between Academy Awards, Golden Globes and a […]

‘Paddington’ Movie Brings the Best of the Children’s Books to Screens

If there’s one thing book lovers can agree on, it’s that the book is almost always better than the movie. But sometimes it isn’t about being better. Sometimes, it’s about being different. And that’s where the folks behind the new film Paddington got it right. When the Weinstein Company decided to turn Michael Bond’s book […]

Giveaway: ‘Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Never Beast’ Blu-Ray & DVD Pack

Before I gave birth to a daughter, I’d never heard of the Bechdel test. It’s a measure of how often two female characters talk to each other in films and books about subjects other than men. More than half of all contemporary films fail the test, and — sadly — that includes most children’s movies. […]

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Country Life

Should I Buy a House in Sullivan County, New York?

Any time someone begins a question with “be honest,” you know you’re in for it. For a real estate agent, maybe this would have been an easy one. “Be honest, should I buy a house in Sullivan County?” is a no-brainer if you have properties to move. But I’m just a website editor. It wasn’t […]

You Don’t ‘Get’ Our Tractor Parade? Oh Well

“Tractors? You stood around and watched 100 tractors drive down the street? I don’t get it.” How many times have I heard this, or something like it, when I bring up the Callicoon Tractor Parade? I’ve lost count. And my response is always the same. Technically I didn’t stand. I ran. I walked. I scooted […]

Nosy Neighbors Are Killing Childhood As We Once Knew It

They thought their kids were walking to the park the day the cop car pulled up to their suburban home. But Danielle and Alexander Meitiv’s 10- and 6-year-old children weren’t park-bound anymore. They were in the back of the police car. The kids were fine. Their parents were about to be very un-fine. In the […]

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