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. 

Yoga Motherhood

Six years ago, when my body mutinied against the rigors of Stairmaster and daily jogging, I took up yoga.  I quickly came to love the inner peace and physical flexibility it gave me. Since then I have taken roughly 900 yoga classes (not that I’m bragging…well ok, yes, maybe I am).

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Downton Abbey and Modern Inheritance Discrimination

I have one brother, a kind and unselfish man who lives 3,000 miles away from me.  When our mother died three years ago, the money she had carefully put away for us was divided equally among her children. 

 

She had always been clear that in our family, despite her children’s varying academic and athletic talents, combined with our unique abilities to get into and out of trouble, there were no favorites.  Mom loved us, and divided her money among us, in equal measure.

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Nigella Lawson's Crazy Love

My heart breaks for Nigella Lawson.

 

As most people with a TV, newspaper, or Internet access know, three weeks ago London bystanders captured pictures of the celebrity chef, author, and mother of two sitting on an outdoor restaurant patio, being choked by her uber-wealthy husband Charles Saatchi, co-founder of one of the world’s most successful advertising agencies.

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Not One Woman in Power, Many Women in Power

It is a simple idea: that women in leadership positions will result in more just treatment of women everywhere.  Many problems facing women in our society stem, at least in part, from the fact that for centuries the people who have run our governments, our armed forces, our companies, our world, have been  men - many who are unaware of, or insensitive to, women’s needs. 

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My Summer Vow

Next week is my kids’ first taste of summer vacation.

 

Like moms everywhere, I dream of lazy, fun-filled summers with my kids.  Packed with adventures they will treasure for the rest of their lives. Sprinkled with the smell of fresh cut grass and ocean breezes, featuring lots of sunshine without any sunburn.

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What Working Moms Can Learn From Oprah

She looked beautiful in a simple crimson dress with a flattering V neckline.

 

She sang a few lines from one of her favorite hymns.

 

She made mistakes as she spoke, and then told us that failure is life trying to nudge you in a different direction.

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Volunteer Vampires

Call it Volunteer Vampires - a dilemma many of us struggle with (and feel guilty about struggling with). In simple terms, how much to volunteer at our children’s schools?

 

In “Sharks and Jets,” one of the stay-at-home mom essays in my anthology Mommy Wars, Washington, DC mom Page Evans reveals the angst underneath the yes-woman she presents to everyone who asks her to volunteer for anything:

 

YES! Yes. Yes. YES! Yes. And yes. 

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High School Reunion Revelations

Do I look the same?

 

Does the cafeteria still exude that overcooked broccoli stink?

 

Will my first boyfriend be there with his wife?

 

How strange will it feel to walk those fluorescent hallways again, older, wiser, far stronger now?

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No-Mush Mother's Day

On Mother’s Day, one of my closest friends from summer camp left me a voicemail message.  This woman has witnessed my ugliest, most vulnerable, childish stages over a 30 year stretch and therefore can share her own hellish moments with me with impunity. 

We are roughly the same age, but her two kids are a full decade younger.  In short, she’s a new mom, figuring parenthood out as it unfolds.

Here's the message:

“Hi Leslie.

For your own sake maybe you shouldn’t listen to this message. more

God Save the TV!

Every parenting self-help primer seems to stress how important the ages 0 to 5 are for children’s development.

 

Now that I’m parenting teenagers, I wonder.  There is no denying that the years 12 to 17 are even more formative. Of course, in different ways.  But my kids are going to remember this time period far better than 0 to 5 (of which they have only a few fuzzy memories).

 

To my surprise, I’m finding that “screen time” -- that evil scourge that warps kids’ brains - is actually my ally here. more

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