HOMETOWN Brooklyn, NY
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NUMBER OF CHILDREN Two
DAY JOB Author of “Camera Ready“; shopper of juice boxes; video consultant to NGOs and journalists; tamer of obstinate 2 year-old and willful 5 year-old; commiter of occassional acts of broadcast journalism.
RELATIONSHIP STATUS Married
FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK What children’s book is a favorite in your house and why? Is there a story that was passed down from generation to generation?
The Potty Training Book for Boys by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (with illustrations by Dorothy Stott). we can all recite it by memory: “What’s that you’re wearing? Is it a fresh, clean nappy? And what’s this? Is it a hat? No! It’s a potty!!!!”
Luckily, potty training has indeed been passed down from generation to generation on both sides of our family.
HOW DO YOU COMBINE WORK AND FAMILY?
Right now every day is different. My husband covers politics for the local station NY1 so his schedule varies and who knows when news will break. Between my flexibility as a freelancer, my mom (who stays with us 2 days a week), a couple of lovely sitters, and my mother-in-law it all seems to come together. But it is exhausting sorting out each week’s schedule!
HOW HAS PARENTING CHANGED YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL?
I am FAR less judgmental of people’s choices. I thought I’d never let my kids watch TV, eat lollipops, etc. HA!
WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS AS A PARENT AND WHAT ARE YOUR WEAKNESSES?
Strength: I am an excellent reader of children’s books and being “Mommy funny”.
Weakness: I’m shocked at how quickly I give in to whining or yelling. I think 5 years of sleep deprivation has worn me down! I don’t think parents mean to be “wrapped around” a kid’s finger. I think they are just tired and need to pick their battles.
WHO ELSE PROVIDES CHILDCARE FOR YOUR CHILDREN?
This whole “It Takes a Village” thing is just so true. I’m am incredibly grateful that my mom has come for two days a week ever since my first child was born. Knowing I could let down my guard and be taken care of a bit too has gotten me through some tough weeks!
DO ANY OF YOUR CHILDREN HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS? AND IF SO, HOW DOES THIS AFFECT YOUR PARENTING?
We thought my son had sensory processing issues because he was so bothered by sound and quick movements. I’m so grateful to the doctor who noticed his nasal voice and said we should see an ENT. He got his tonsils out and is like a new kid. They think he had a sleep disorder, which would explain his emotional ups and downs.
I try to tell as many parents as possible this story because sleep is the crux of all happiness!
WHAT IS YOUR WORST PARENTING MOMENT?
The night my husband came home unexpectedly with friends for an impromptu dinner party and I answered the door with a screaming, colicky baby. I believe spit-up was encrusted in my hair and there may have been two big damp circles of breast milk on my shirt.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST PARENTING MOMENT?
It was a chilly day and we went to the park and then out for a nice Italian dinner. After we got the kids into their carseats, my not-yet 2 year-old looked around, sighed, and said, “I happy.”