Two Cents
Leslie Morgan Steiner is the editor of the best-selling anthology Mommy Wars and the brand new memoir Crazy Love. Steiner is a frequent guest on the Today Show, MSNBC, and regularly contributes to The New York Times, Newsweek and Vanity Fair. She lives with her husband and 3 kids in Washington, DC.  In this column, she will offer her Two Cents on issues relating to modern motherhood. 

Wedding Season

Oh, April. The blooming trees. The pretty flowers. The longer, sunnier days. And the start of the wedding season. more

When Bad Parenting IS Our Business

I can imagine few things more horrifying than living for months on a 36-foot sailboat with a 3-year-old and 12-month-old.
You’d have to pay me, oh, about 20 million bucks to step foot onto a small sailboat with two young kids. more

Lowered Expectations

But I have a hard time arguing that I am a better parent today. My fault? I’ll take a pass. Maybe it’s Mother Nature’s fault, or our culture’s failing. Either way, back to Steiner Family Rule # 10) Try not to blame. No one is perfect. more

The Most Important Senate Bill You've Never Heard Of

Nothing beats childcare as a bore-everyone-to-tears parenting subject. Long wait-lists; caregiver-child ratios; the pros and cons of in-home versus institutional care; the prevalence of germs; late fees; how to certify employees. more

When Your Kids Ask If You've Tried Drugs...

Now that I have three teenagers, illegal drugs seem everywhere. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s fatal heroin overdose. Meth production glamorized on television. The heroin epidemic in New England where the kids’ favorite aunt lives. more

It's Time To Stop Sucking Up To Our Kids

Parenting is a non-stop exercise in giving. But the ways we take care of our kids morph as the kids themselves grow and change. Don’t we also need to guide them and set limits and let go? Didn’t we need our parents to do this too? more

Dear Men With Younger Wives

Dear Men in My Life:
Now that we have gotten to 50ish, many of you, after divorce, are dating or remarrying younger women. I am so happy you are happy in your life with your younger honey, who is quite lovely by the way. You deserve happiness. more

How To Raise A Teenager Without Losing Your Mind

Most parents do not relish parenting teenagers. Teaching them to drive is terrifying. Catching them drinking - and puking - for the first time is appalling. The horrors of teenage sexuality. The surliness, the lying, the sleeping until 3 pm… more

Daughters In Danger

This is what I remember most vividly from being an 18-year-old shrinking to less than 90 pounds: anorexia is a seductive, beguiling affliction, more powerful than either of my parents. Anorexia is one of those terrible psychological sirens that entice you to destruction while whispering sweet reassurances in your ears. more

The Snow Days From Hell

Only a few weeks into 2014, East Coast moms have had a few too many snow days already. Isn't it funny how snow days change based on your kids’ ages? more

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