Category Archives: Parenthood

The Joy in Activities We Dislike

April post collage ninabadzin.com

I Won’t Be Teaching My Children How to Fish I have skills to pass on to my children, but they’re not the standard set. I’m not good at any land sports or water activities. I’m not artistic (in the visual sense). I’m not musical, nor do I like outdoorsy stuff such as camping, hiking—or really…

This is Childhood: The Book

This is childhood cover

Thrilled and honored to announce that the This is Childhood series that my friends Lindsey Mead and Allison Tate put together last year is now a book published by the editors of Brain, Child Magazine. My essay, “This is Three,” is among the 10 essays featured in the book along with pieces by 9 other…

To My Husband on His Birthday

birthday collage for bryan

Bryan’s birthday is today, which makes me wish I had written a special blog post all about him. But then I realized that 95% of what I write is about Bryan, starting with one of my earliest and most popular posts, “Writing Advice From My Husband.” There was the whole baby naming fiasco of 2011 when…

Keeping a Journal

the gift of journal writing

Ah, the gift of keeping a journal. Either my oldest two kids were cleverly trying to appease me, or they accidentally figured out a way to make me the happiest writer-mom ever.What happened? They each asked me for a journal. I describe what happened next in this week’s Brain, Child essay, as well as what…

In Honor of My Mom’s Birthday

My mom in front of Winnetka Stitchery

My mom’s birthday is tomorrow! In honor of her special day, I’m sharing the marriage/parenting advice that she gave me most often while I was growing up. I remember her exact words because when I say “often,” I really mean it. She wasn’t taking any chances that I’d forget. That’s how important this tip was…