From the category archives:


Is Cinderella Really the Big Bad Wolf?

March 24, 2011 Read

Peggy Orenstein’s new book, “Cinderella Ate My Daughter,” explores the girlie-girl culture and the messages it sends. How do we protect our daughters from damaging images of early femininity? If you’re in a mommy group or a book club, there is a great book to discuss that covers just that topic. Even if you’re not […]

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Best Kids Apps – website for parents

March 21, 2011 Play

Here’s a great on line resource: BestKidsApps. My son, in particular, loves to play games on my i-phone. I am strict about when I let him play, and for how long, but there are times when letting him use a game App is the perfect distraction. Yet, I never know what Apps are age appropriate, and I’m […]

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Is your family ready for a natural disaster?

March 16, 2011 Read

This article originally appeared on Hollywood Patch. “The images of devastation in Japan are sobering for us all. As a mother of small children it is particularly frightening looking at photos of Japanese families being evacuated from their homes and tested for radiation levels. I tend to be in denial about the possibility of disaster, […]

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My Hollywood by Mona Simpson

March 15, 2011 Read

I just finished reading a wonderful novel called, My Hollywood, by Mona Simpson. This is an especially poignant read for LACityMoms, as, not only is the book set in Los Angeles, but it is about a woman adjusting to her role as a new Mom. Claire, the main character, is living in a strained marriage […]

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City Baby LA 3rd Edition

February 22, 2011 Read

Gurumommy, Linda Meadow, and her partner, Lisa Rocchio, have revised their terrific city guide and released City Baby LA 3rd Edition this week.  This edition includes more entries for older kids, and has updated info from guides past. If you are not familiar with City Baby LA, this is such a great book for LA […]

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Dear Amy Chua

January 21, 2011 Read

This book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua, and the article that the author wrote in the Wall Street Journal promoting it,  entitled, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior”  has been the talk of the Mommy blogs, and the carpool lane,  hitting a nerve, and, sparking a fascinating discussion. (Last time I checked there […]

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NY Times Notable Children’s Books of 2010

December 31, 2010 Read

At each year’s end the New York Times prints up a list of it’s picks for the year’s notable books, which I reprint here from there website, and inspired also by The Book Mama blog, which is a great blog to subscribe to in order to keep up to date on great kids books BUSING […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2010 Read

Thank you, dear readers, for reading LACityMom, and continuing to help spread the word about my blog. Thank you for your e-mails and you feedback and your own “tips from the carpool lane.” Sometimes motherhood can feel like a thankless job. (“I hate turkey, I want pizza!”) But there is still much to be grateful […]

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The Book Mama, a great new web resource for kids books aged 5-15.

October 15, 2010 Read

My daughter is what I would call a reluctant reader. It’s not that she doesn’t read well, in fact she does. It’s just that unless she has a book she adores, she would rather do something else. So that is my challenge, to help her find books she loves and also ones we love to […]

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“The Little Book of Spirit”– Thoughts to Inspire, Comfort and Motivate Women, by Elaine Partnow

August 20, 2010 Read

The Marianne Williamson quote printed below is one of my favorite inspirational passages, so it did not surprise me when I found it in “The Little Book of Spirit,” that a friend recently gave me. “The Little Book of Spirit,” is a great read. You can pick it up and read one or two quotations, or […]

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