Children and Show Business?

I live in a factory town. The product here is television, don’t get me started on how all the movie productions have left Los Angeles. I grew up with kids who were working actors. As an adult I became friends with more than a few folks who had spent their childhoods auditioning and sometimes working. I watch the kids in the neighborhood go off to casting calls, and spend summers on set. I’m not enchanted by Hollywood, and I haven’t made a secret of believing that children shouldn’t be on …

Excruciatingly Painful

Alexander cried himself to sleep tonight. He doesn’t feel like he has any friends. I know the feeling.I want to crawl in bed with him and wait for the little death that is sleep. I’ve never in my life felt a pain so sharp and so dull all at once. A full body thud that sends you numb combined with a sharp searing twisting coldness that starts in your throat and moves to your belly. Every time Alexander cried and said, “I’m a idiot and no one likes me.” I …

The Designer

I don’t recall buying solid colored tees, but Alexander has emerged from his bedroom each morning sporting a freshly decorated tee.

A Small Fire Ruined My Party

Wednesday afternoon I had to pick Jane up from a friend’s house and Alexander begged me to let him stay home alone. We talked about what to do, how to answer the phone, when to open the gate (never), and no media. I never mentioned don’t set any fires. Wednesday night I was supposed to be at a Pre-Oscar party, it was a good one too. My friends at Chevy won Green Car of the Year and used a fleet of Volts to drive celebrities to the Global Green Party. …

I Have THE Solution for Headlice

I’ve written about my kids having lice before. My daughter had extraordinarily thick long hair, and I’ve spent upwards of 16 hours in two days picking nits from her head. I NEVER filled the prescription for Qwell, it’s Malathion and I’m not about to dump Malathion on my kids’ heads. My Aunt was a school nurse and she told me about the Robi Comb. The Robi Comb is the best $30 that a parent can spend. Not only is it a chemical free, quick (relatively) way to get the lice …