Teaching Julia to Love by Tina Traster

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This Rockland mother rescued her child from a Siberian orphanage at 8 months old. She had no idea she would have to save her daughter again, this time from a disorder that threatened to tear her family apart. Tina Traster (right) with daughter Julia Julia dashed off the school bus and bounded down our path with her usual verve. I was sitting on a bench in our foyer, white as a ghost. “What’s... Read More

First Day of School by Rajdeep Paulus

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When you miss your kid getting off the bus—and she takes the scenic route around the neighborhood then back to school to wait for you in the principal’s office—remember: It’s going to be okay. Really, it is. This local mom shares her recipe for back-to-school success. The author’s daughter Sarah, 5, on her first day of kindergarten, photographed gettingoff the bus since... Read More

Exceptional, Defined by Jerry Mahoney

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‘Not typical,’ sure…but also, ‘outstanding.’ As this Westchester father battles his ‘gay dad guilt,’ his daughter unwittingly reminds him that he may just need a shift in perspective. Author Jerry Mahoney with his daughter, Sutton. “Does it ever make you sad not to have a mom?” I looked into the eyes of my 4-year-old daughter, Sutton. It’s a question I’d always... Read More

Ichabod’s Ghost by Abby Sher

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A Brooklyn mom, haunted by mistakes she’s made so far, finds peace and forges ahead with love. The first time I dropped my daughter Sonya on her head from a great height, she was approximately 8 months old. We were staying overnight at my uncle’s cabin in the backwoods of Connecticut. There was a plaque by the front door of the house that read: 1789, ICHABOD STODDARD. My cousins... Read More

The Passage by Sprague Theobald

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A divorced Manhattan father reunites his three grown children for a risky trip to the Arctic. As their boat navigates a place few others have ever been, they find themselves on more than a physical journey. We were hundreds of miles from help. We were high in the Arctic, in uncharted waters. Ice was moving in from the north and would soon have us in a death squeeze with the ice... Read More

Et tu, Brute? Learning to Let Go by Maria DiGiorgio

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It may feel like a small betrayal every time your child takes a step away from you (first day your child resists nursery pickup, anyone?). This Long Island mom of a high school freshman is (still) learning to let go.   It’s amazing to think that with each metaphorical step we take in life, we are letting go of something: letting go of fear, of restraint, of self-doubt, of... Read More

Laugh In by Tovah P. Klein

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Your kids’ mischief and mayhem may turn your world upside down, but it’s in those exasperating moments that humor is most likely to save you. Being a parent is a serious endeavor. Yet, anything taken too seriously loses what matters and squashes the joy. I think back to the questions my college students posed during my first pregnancy. “Are you nervous about having a baby?”... Read More

The Garden Party by Marcelle Soviero

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Years later, a mother’s sad memory is forever changed by her daughter’s very different recollection of the same day. My oldest daughter, Sophia, turned 5 one month after her father moved out. I planned her fifth birthday party with the obsession only a newly separated mother could bring to such a task, pouring everything into the details that would make my girl happy, as if... Read More