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.

She's Turning Eleven!

My daughter is turning eleven next week.  Let me just say that again, because I’m not really sure that I wrote that right.  My daughter is turning ELEVEN next week. Yup.  It’s right.  Let’s put aside the fact that I can’t believe I’m old enough to have an eleven year-old, and let’s focus on what this means.  Namely, that my daughter is turning ELEVEN.


Pokemon No More!

There are some boys who come out of the womb wearing a sports jersey and holding a beer mug.  These boys love sports - watching them, playing them, talking about them, thinking about them. 


This Old House

My parents lived in the same house for my whole childhood.  By the time they got divorced, I was in my twenties, in law school, and my brother was in college.  Neither of my parents needed a house at that point, so they sold it and moved into separate apartments. 


Is Picky Eating Hereditary?

No matter how many times I write about it, I always find myself coming back to the subject of my kids and their pickiness when it comes to food.  I guess it’s not such a shocker that the topic is always on my mind; I do have to feed them every single day, and coming up with ideas for what to make never gets any easier.  


Too Much Stuff!

My husband and I moved into our current home not quite thirteen years ago.  About two weeks afterwards, some faulty electrical wiring caused a fire that destroyed a good chunk of the house.  Luckily, nobody was hurt, and we didn’t lose anything that couldn’t be replaced.  Photos, videos and keepsakes were all spared. 



Every November, I come down with a terrible case of momnesia. 


The Tragedy of the Discontinued Shorts

Dear Person At Land’s End Who Decides Which Items to Discontinue,


I’m going to keep this friendly, because I’m hoping that you’ll help me out here.  I’m sure that you have really great kids.  The kind of kids who are adorable and polite and look like they stepped out of… well, a Land’s End catalogue.  (I was totally going to say a J. Crew catalogue but then I was all, duh!)  


Getting Off the Guilt Train

Aside from love, I think that guilt is probably the strongest, most universal emotion that parents experience.  We feel guilty from the time our babies are born, about everything: for not breastfeeding long enough, for leaving them on a Saturday morning to go to the gym, for going back to work, for letting them watch TV, for keeping them in a wet diaper for too long, and on and on and on. 


How I Learned to Love Valentine's Day

I have to say, my feelings about Valentine’s Day are beginning to change. 


I used to be one of those super anti-Valentine’s Day people.  Like, when people would ask me what my husband and I were doing for Valentine’s Day, I’d scoff and be like, uh, nothing, because it’s stupid.  And it is stupid, actually, on a lot of levels. 


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