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.

Stop the Babying

Do you ever find yourself babying one child and pushing another to be more independent? One mom comes to the conclusion that it's time for some tough love and time to insist that her son act his age. more

My Teenage Dream

I’ll admit, sometimes, I miss those days of knowing what it’s like to be a teenager; of being on in the inside instead of wondering what is going on in those crazy heads of theirs from the outside. Of feeling young and cool, and not old and lame. more

Why Bother?

My daughter informed me the other day that she wants to be an interior designer when she grows up.  This was news to me, because up until now she’s always wanted to be a singer, and possibly an actress or a fashion designer, but that last one is just because she likes to watch Project Runway.  more

Cell Phone Dreams

Does my nine-year-old daughter really "need" a cell phone? I mean, who is she calling? And where does she think she’s going all by herself that would require her to need to make phone calls? more

My New Year's Resolution

How many times have you started a new year with all the best intentions, only to find yourself falling back into the same routine before you could say "Stairmaster?" Find out why one mom gave up on the typical New Year's resolutions a long time ago! more

Giving Back

There’s so much to do this time of year: between buying holiday gifts for family, teachers, the mailman, the gardener and colleagues at work, getting the cups and napkins for your kid’s holiday party at school, taking care of everything you need to do before you leave for wherever you’re spending the holidays, getting your nails done and your hair colored, finding an outfit to wear to a holiday party, and baking cookies for the cookie exchange you got invited to, it’s easy sometimes to forget about giving to those who are most in need. 


Explaining Sex To Our Kids

Going beyond basic anatomy, should sex ed be teaching our kids that sex can be a good and pleasurable thing? more

We Are Not Foodies

How to handle picky eaters? This mom keeps waiting (perhaps in vain) for her kids to become "normal" when it comes to food! more

Giving Thanks

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, one mom gives thanks for the little things that make life a little bit easier - from Jon Stewart to Spanx. more

My Family's First Road Trip

After years of horrifying family road trips, one woman swore she would never inflict that kind of torture on her own kids. But when she finally broke down and packed them into the car, she was shocked by how much they all enjoyed the experience! more

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