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.

The Accidental Sex Talk.

A few years ago, when my daughter was five, she asked me how babies get made. It was not the first time she asked, and my old ‘an egg and a sperm meet in the mommy’s tummy’ trick wasn’t working anymore. But how do they meet, she wanted to know. more

It is Hard to Wait.

A few weeks ago I ran into a woman I haven’t seen since my son was in preschool two years ago. We were at the grocery store and started chatting in line, and she mentioned her daughter, who is twelve, so I mentioned that I just wrote a book for girls that age, and told her that she should look it up on Amazon. more

Man Up!

I was standing in line at the market this morning when the cover of Newsweek caught my eye. Man Up! was the headline, with an image of a well-built, shirtless man facing away from the camera, holding a little boy in his arms. The subtitle was The Traditional Male Is an Endangered Species. It’s Time to Rethink Masculinity. more

I Survived My Son's First Day of Kindergarten.

When I was in seventh grade, I had a drawer full of tee-shirts that advertised to the world all of the various horrors that I somehow managed to survive over the course of my brief, suburban, upper-middle class existence. For example, I Survived Sandy Run Middle School. more

Mom Misconceptions.

My children are finally back in school this week, hallelujah, and a friend of mine sent me an email that had me ROFL (that’s Rolling On the Floor Laughing to those of you who are not fluent in text-ese; can you tell I write teen novels?). more

Marketing to Moms.

My new book, The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball, comes out this week (yay!), and I’ve been spending every free second I have (which has totaled about seven over the course of the last month) trying to promote it. more

The Lazy (and Anxious) Days of Summer.

If seasons were given titles, then this summer would be, for me, The Summer of My Son’s Issues. Because on top of discovering that he has anxiety, this week I’ve learned that he has a lazy eye. So come to think of it, a better title might be The Lazy (and Anxious) Days of Summer. more

Just Difficult.

When my son was younger, three or four maybe, I used to think that he was just a difficult person. He was moody, he was clingy, he was super sensitive to my tone of voice and he didn’t like to go anywhere or do anything, unless it was to the toy store to buy him Power Rangers or plastic swords. more

The Time Capsule.

Hey, Ris! How are you? How was college? What did you finally decide to do with your life? I hope you’re not a lawyer. more

Nannied Up.

A couple of years ago, some friends and I were talking about taking on a pretty big volunteer position at our kids’ school, and we were discussing who else we should ask to do it with us. We brought up some names – no, I heard she wants to be a room parent this year; no, I think she’s going back to work full time – and then another name came up and my friend said, yeah, she’d be great, plus, she’s totally nannied up. more

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