Risa Green
Tales from the Mommy Track is a weekly column about the daily life of a part-time working mom. Risa Green is a critically acclaimed author who lives in Los Angeles. Her previous adult novels, Notes from the Underbelly and Tales from the Crib were made into a television series. Her latest novel, The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball, is a Young Adult book that will be released in September, 2010.

A Letter To My Son

To my sweet boy,

I’m just going to come out and say it: it sucks to be a younger sibling. I can’t say I know how you feel, because as a firstborn, I have never been in your shoes. But I remember how I used to treat my little brother, and I wouldn't have traded places with him for anything. more

The Second Best Days of My Life

One of the great joys of parenthood, for me, was being there as my babies began to understand the world around them. Things that were once just objects to gnaw on suddenly became objects of curiosity. People became interesting, dogs became the source of great excitement, flowers became beautiful and books became pages that sparked little imaginations. more

The New SAT

As a former college counselor, I can tell you that this is great news for kids who work hard in school and get good grades. The only kids for whom these changes should be a problem are those who are smart but lazy (the ones who skate by in school doing little work and getting average grades, but then rock the SAT because they’re inherently good problem solvers), and those who aren't that smart but are good at memorization (the kids who don’t take any advanced classes but sit at home memorizing the dictionary). more

Bad "Kid Food" Advice

I can pinpoint the exact moment when I lost control of my children’s healthy eating habits. It was way back in 2003, and my daughter was around seven months old. She’d been eating solid foods for a couple of months at that point. Mostly, I gave her mashed up fruits and vegetables and tiny little pieces of roasted turkey, grilled chicken, ground beef and sautéed tofu. Mostly, she spit out everything except for the fruit – my very first sign of her rampant sweet tooth. more

Hard To Relate

My son does not enjoy school.  There are things about school that he
enjoys – recess, lunch, PE, sometimes Computer and Library – but when it
comes to the actual core subjects, he more or less just tolerates them. 


Good Enough

When it comes to my kids, one of the things that stresses me out is this whole idea of “specializing.” more

Judgy Kids?

My kids and I watched the Grammys on Sunday night (the first half, anyway), and we watched as Hunter Hayes debuted his song, “Invisible.”   more

Parenting Do-Overs

There are lots of things that suck about being a parent. Diapers come to mind right away, and not sleeping, and having to clean vomit off of carpet at two o’clock in the morning. Also, making lunches every day. That one totally sucks. And eye rolls. Eye rolls suck. Especially when they’re directed at you. more

Why Don't We Have Any Family Traditions?

I love January.  The holidays are behind us, and it’s all fresh starts
and empty calendars and, of course, resolutions.  And if there’s
anything I love more than January, it’s a good resolution.  


The Jewish calendar is a strange thing.  I’ll spare you the gory details, but the most important things to know are that it’s a luni-solar calendar, and that there are seven leap years in every nineteen year cycle.  And “leap year” doesn’t mean you add a day, like in the Gregorian calendar.  It means you add an entire 30 day month. 


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