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.

From Mom to Pokémon Master

As I’ve written many times before, my son is obsessed with all things Pokémon

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Buy Me, Get Me, Give Me Disease

My daughter has been at sleepaway camp for the last four weeks, and though I miss her something fierce, I have to admit that there are a few things that I don’t really miss at all.  For one thing, I don’t miss the constant fighting between her and my son.  I also don’t miss having to come up with two different meals every night, since my son and my daughter like totally different kinds of foods.  But mainly, what I don’t miss is my daughter’s raging case of Buy Me, Get Me, Give Me Disease.

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Don't Diss College Relationships

The New York Times ran an article on Sunday about the rampant hookup culture in college.  And while hooking up in college is nothing new, the surprising finding of this article is that more and more, hooking up - in place of actual relationships - is being driven by women.

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I Want a Third Child, Except, I Don't

Something strange has been happening to me lately:  I keep thinking I want to have another baby.  Except, I don’t. 

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Too Old for Training Wheels

Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I feel that there are certain basic, life skills that all people should acquire during childhood.   For example, tying shoelaces would be one of them.  So would cutting food with a knife and fork.  Also, the theme of my post today, learning to ride a bike.  Oh, Lord. 

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The June Defense

I love my kids’ teachers.  I really do.  They work so hard and they care so much and they’ve been nothing but amazing this entire school year. So I’m not blaming them for the onslaught of time-intensive end of the year activities that always take place in June.  I’m really not.  

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What's the End Game?

Sometimes it’s so hard not to get caught up in the craziness that is parenting.  We all want our kids to get ahead, to have an edge, to be the best they can be.  

 

From the day our children are born, we worry about whether they’ll get into a top college.  We sign them up for soccer when they’re three, for art classes and drama classes and swim lessons.  

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Summer Camp Woe

Now that Memorial Day has passed, summer is so close I can taste it.  Honestly, I think I’m more excited about no more homework and no more school than my kids are.  And though I cherish those lazy days sitting by the pool or hanging at the beach, they can’t all be like that. I mean, I still have to work and get stuff done, which means that I need something for my kids to do when I’m not available to chauffeur them around and entertain them.  And since I’m not going to let them sit home all day and play on the Wii, camp is an absolute must.

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Down Gender Lines

When my kids were born, I had this great fantasy that I would raise them in a gender-neutral household, in which girls could play with Legos and boys could play with dolls, and that we would be the ultimate, nurture over nature family.  

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Don't Talk to Strangers 2.0

The news from Cleveland last week was sickening on so many levels.  My heart breaks for those three women, not only for what they endured these last ten years, but for what they lost, as well.  Your late teens through your late twenties are some of the best years of your life.  To be robbed of those years for doing nothing more than getting in the wrong car is so devastatingly sad. 

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