WHY I WILL NOT HIT MY CHILDREN

I might be one of the rare kids from my generation who was never spanked. I will say I grew up in a pretty relaxed household and there were rules, but the enforcement of those rules was…flexible. When it came to serious issues, however, my folks were firm but gentle. They raised us with compassion,… Read more »

YOUR KIDS SCARE THE CRAP OUT OF ME

Is the word scared a bit dramatic? Maybe. But it’s not wrong. I’ve always had an awkward relationship with children. I was never a natural babysitter and despite years of ballet training, I was never drawn to teaching 3-year-olds how to plie. I vividly remember my last babysitting gig. I was 12 years old and… Read more »

MY CELEBRITY CRUSH BOUGHT ME DINNER

Photo from SOHO House West Hollywood. I did not take French in high school. I went the practical route and took Spanish. I still say gracias “grassy ass”, but that’s not my fault. I learned Spanish (and English, for that matter) in Arkansas. I escaped Arkansas in 2012 and have never looked back. I have… Read more »

TRAVELING TO ITALY WITH KIDS

I distinctly remember my first trip overseas. It was to Italy and it was at a time where I was stumbling through that haze of early adolescence. I was somewhere between embracing my almost too soon sexuality, which I was starting to learn was becoming a power I could manipulate, and shedding my childhood skin…. Read more »

THE DAY IRANIAN GIRLS BECOME WOMEN

Iranian girls are girls, and then they aren’t. Such is the implication, at least, of a ritual practiced all over the Islamic Republic. This is the Jashn-e taklif, a “celebration of puberty” that officially marks the transition from childhood to adulthood and which lays out, with perhaps alarming clarity, the role a woman is expected… Read more »