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Money to Burn

August
24

I’m curious what you think is fair to pay a kid for a certain job. In my area, it seems to be overblown. Case in point: Sydney got $45 for a week of watering my neighbor’s plants. 45DOLLARS!!!! Yes, there were a lot of plants but…..I would have given her 25.  Another neighbor gave her $25 for feeding their cat over the weekend. Again: maybe 10?

What’s bad is that my darling 12-year-old is now getting a level of expectation. While she was THRILLED to get so much money and was as surprised as I was at the amount, she has also started to question my “tooth fairy” ways: “$2,” she asked when she lost a tooth that had been loose for a while. “What were you expecting?” I asked. “Maybe $5?”

Living in Westchester, I’m losing perspective on what is reasonable and fair. What would YOU pay?

Posted by Jeanne Muchnick on Friday, August 24th, 2007 at 9:18 am |
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Believe it or not

August
20

To file under….Helicopter parents? What’s this world coming to? Or: I’ve now pretty much heard everything?

Two things I have to comment on:

1. My friend, who has a 17-year-old son, said this to his mother this weekend: “Why can’t you be like other moms and get me a job?”

2. Which fits into number two: According to Michigan State University ‘s Collegiate Employment Research Center, the number of companies that reported parents sending resumes on behalf of a child has reached 31 percent! The number or parents that complained when their child was turned down for a job: 15%. And the number reporting that a parent had attended an interview: 4 percent.

Seriously, folks: get your kids to grow up!

Posted by Jeanne Muchnick on Monday, August 20th, 2007 at 9:20 am |
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Ice Cream for Dinner

August
15

I’ve been debating about what to blog about…so many things going on…so many things to report on. So many balls in the air, that suddenly, for whatever reason, are starting to fall down on me….

I was debating about writing about how I need a wife…I just feel super stretched. Though both my husband and I work it seems to be ME who always worries about what’s for dinner, who has clean clothes (why do the girls ALWAYS want what’s in the wash?) and the kids’ plans. Though my husband is better than most when it comes to helping out (the dog is HIS!), the reality is: I do more. In general, men leave the house and lock the door. Women, on the other hand, walk out and worry about how the house looks — mine’s always a mess — and whether the kids have playdates or if there’s fresh milk in the fridge.

I’m so stressed that I managed to get myself into a fender bender last night — that was my fault! I know I was trying too hard to please everyone — poor Syd is bored (all her friends are in Europe!!!) and while I worked, she spent the entire day home alone, so I promised that after work (after a deadline-crazed/email-filled/stressful day) that I would take her back to school shopping when it was honestly the last thing in the world I wanted to do. We got into a fight in American Eagle (she didn’t like any of the clothes I picked out and she says I “embarrassed” her) – and the next thing I knew, I was backing up into the fender of another car.

It wasn’t horrible — but after the root canal bills I’ve had this month (another fun thing to add to What I did this summer) not to mention the defensive driving course I took ALL day Sunday and the $125 ticket I recently had to pay (I swear: it’s mostly mothers who get speeding tickets because we’re trying to do for everyone and get them there on time), knowing that I might have to shell out MORE money for an accident put me deeper in the hole. In other words, I was in one SHITTY mood.

All of which leads to what’s GOOD about being an adult: I was so frazzled, I came home and dished up two huge scoops of ice cream for dinner. Syd, on the other hand, had soup. Thank god for canned food since Mark came home from work just as he left: with seemingly no worries. (Though, thanks to Mark for not yelling at me when he saw the car.)

Sorry. Am ranting today. But it’s been one of those months….just feel sometimes that I’m better at my job than I am at being a wife and mother..and that makes me upset..because it’s my  job that stresses me out (or that I allow to stress me out) which in turn, makes me lash out at my family. It’s days like this, I wish I could move to a part of the country that was more laid-back. Heck, at this point, I don’t think scooping ice cream would be all bad…if it paid the bills. At least I could leave my work at work and go home and deal with home without the added aggravation.

Posted by Jeanne Muchnick on Wednesday, August 15th, 2007 at 11:51 am |
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Road rage

August
8

Lately I’ve had such road rage — I guess it’s because I’m always in a rush; trying to get everyone “there” on time — including myself! Lucky me now gets to go to defensive driving class this weekend — after getting a ticket in a school zone (it wasn’t my fault, I swear!). But honestly? Moms seem to always be frazzled and rushing — at least the moms I know who are doing ten million things in one day…

Posted by Jeanne Muchnick on Wednesday, August 8th, 2007 at 3:12 pm |
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Married with (male) friends

August
2

Show of hands: how many of you married women “out there” still get together with your unmarried or married GUY friends ALONE? Meaning sans hubby? I do, and a lot of my friends look at me like I have two heads. Like being friends with a member of the opposite sex is taboo. I say it’s not. Just because I’m married doesn’t mean I have to do EVERYthing with my husband. I see my girl friends all the time. Being married doesn’t mean I can’t still be friends with my formerly unmarried guy friends either. (This I say as I plan a birthday dinner with my friend Kenny because my kids have a camp show and Mark graciously is going that night and I’ll go the next). Personally, I think it also sets a good example for my daughters to see that friends of any sex can be pals and that being married means you can trust each other. What do you think? Do you think I’m a harlot?

Posted by Jeanne Muchnick on Thursday, August 2nd, 2007 at 1:28 pm |
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Jeanne MuchnickJeanne Muchnick is a multi-tasking mama who's been writing about her two girls ever since they were born. She's the former Editor of Baby Magazine turned InTown Senior Editor whose parenting stories have also appeared in a variety of national consumer magazines including Woman's Day, Healthy Kids, Parents, Parenting, Pregnancy, FamilyFun and more. She lives in Larchmont, NY with her two girls: Corey, 14 and Sydney, 11, her husband, Mark and her flat coated retriever, Chip.
Mary Lynn
MitchamMary Lynn Mitcham, the editor-in-chief of InTown Westchester, is new to the mom scene. Her son, Owen, was born on the Fourth of July, 2006. Needless to say, she's still trying to figure out how to get herself - and her son - dressed and fed and still make it on time to work. Before she joined InTown and motherhood, she worked as a senior editor at Travel Holiday magazine and has freelanced for several publications including Parenting, Adoptive Families, Bridal Guide, Boating, Men's Fitness, and more. She lives in Westchester with her new baby and her husband, Adam.
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