I’m excited to have a piece on the new site Motherwell, edited by the talented Lauren Apfel and Don't Call Me NinaRandi Olin. I think Motherwell stands out from other sites about parenting, but you have to click through their articles to see why.

My essay, “Call Me Mrs. Badzin,” is about how I used to insist that other kids call me Nina, but as my kids (and their friends) are getting older I find myself preferring Mrs. Badzin.

There’s a poll at the end of the essay asking what other parents prefer. In my social circle almost all the adults go by their first names. It’s not like me to go so out of the way to be different, but that’s where I’ve landed. I’m Mrs. Badzin. Why?

See you at Motherwell for the full story!


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Nina Badzin is a freelance writer, an advice columnist at The HerStories Project, a book reviewer at greatnewbooks.org, and a co-founder of The Twin Cities Writing Studio. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and four children.

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