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.

What Do I Do with A Pre-Tween?

Life was much easier when I had toddlers. Toddlers are simple and predictable. Yes, they have tantrums about nothing, but ooh! – look at that sparkly thing over there! – and it’s over. more

Twenty Year Reunion.

When I ran for senior class president in 1989, I knew that I would have to plan the prom. I knew that I would have to plan our class trip (which, sadly, never happened), I knew that I would have to plan a class fundraiser and organize a class gift, and I knew that I would have to speak at graduation. What I did not know, however, was that twenty years later – when I had a husband, two children, a dog, a goldfish, a mortgage and a house three thousand miles from where I grew up – I would have to plan our class reunion. more

In Defense of Home Economics.

When I was ten, I tried to bake a cake for my mom’s birthday. Like a lot of kids growing up in the 80’s, I was a latchkey kid, and I remember being alone in the kitchen, gathering the ingredients, and trying to follow the recipe. I was fairly smart and independent, and used to figuring things out for myself. more

Is There Any Such Thing As A Skinny Cow?

Ever since my daughter was born, I have been vigilant about safeguarding her body image. Words like “calorie,” “fat,” and “diet” were banned from our house, as was the bathroom scale. more

Keep Your Hands to Yourselves.

I know last week I waxed poetic about all of the things I love about summer, but since then, I’ve reassessed. more

I Love Summer.

I love summer. I love having nowhere to be, no carpools to drive, no schedules to stick to. I love the smell of sunscreen mixed with Popsicle juice. more

How Far Does The Apple Fall?

Remember when your parents used to say things to you like, someday, I hope you have a child that’s exactly like you? Well, I did. And one of the most difficult things about parenthood, for me, is having to put up with my own worst qualities on a daily basis. more

Feeling the Looove.

By all accounts, my husband and I should have been divorced three years ago. We met in college, then spent two years in a long distance relationship, and then I dropped my entire life and moved to a new city where I didn’t know a soul in order to be with him. more

Sorority Girls.

I got set up recently with a new friend – it was one of those things where we had a million mutual friends in common, all of whom thought we would really like each other, but somehow, our paths had never crossed. She’s funny, I was told, and smart, and she’s a writer, too. You’ll love her. more

Prop 8 Equals Hate.

This has been a tough week for me, legally speaking. Not that I have legal problems. I’m not being sued or suing anyone else at the moment. I’m talking more about what happened in the legal world this week. more

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