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.

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

Reunion Recap.

If you happened to read my post last week, you may recall that I attended my fifteen year college reunion over the weekend. more

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