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Kids: Change the $^*#&% Toilet Paper Roll – A Video

I had the house to myself yesterday so I made a video.

Enjoy!

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HuffPo Comedy and Advanced Reader Copies of Martinis & Motherhood

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My Contractor Satire piece is in the Huffington Post Comedy section – Likes and comments on HuffPo are welcome!

Here’s a link  “A Letter to My Contractor (Please, Please Call Me Back)”

 

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And, advanced reader copies are now available for the upcoming anthology “Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe  & WTF,” where I’ll be featured in the “WOE” section.  Yes, woe is me.

The publisher has allowed me (3) three copies so if anyone wishes to receive and write a review on Amazon, please contact me at kbrakeman@earthlink.net, or leave a comment below.

Thanks!!

 

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My Picture Book Available on Kindle Now

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I wrote a picture book!

It’s a counting book with fun rhymes and cute and funny illustrations by my very talented niece, Natalie Berger, who has a Fine Arts degree in Illustration.

For those of you with tiny tots, or  who perhaps need a little refresher on your  own 1-10’s, it’s a steal at $2.99!

It’s only on Kindle for now, but later, who knows?

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VJ2C0EM

Reviews are also welcome – thank you!

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Why I Won’t Educate My Kids

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I’ve made what some say is a controversial choice.  I refuse to force-educate my kids.  I will not subject my children to dangerous schoolyards, ever-changing teaching methods, and suspect curriculum just because some expert or some government entity says I have to.

I have thoughtfully considered and researched this choice – both online and through posts on celebrity blogs – and because I am a mom that means that the choice I’ve made is the right one for my kids.

Here are the 5 reasons why I refuse to educate:

1)  BIG EDUCATION CAN’T BE TRUSTED.

One minute it’s “No Child Left Behind” and the next it’s “Common Core.”  One day it’s phonetics, then the next it’s whole word.  Continue reading

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Blogger Contest Finalist & NY Times Baby!

I’ve been smiling a lot in the last 24 hours.  Yesterday I found out I am a finalist in the annual Bloggers Idol contest, and today I have a parenting piece in the New York Times Motherlode Blog!  Sorry if it sounds boasty – I’m just very excited!

Next week the Blogging contest begins.  I’ll be updating with details and incessant begging for votes.  (What’s that I just heard?  Was that the sound of one big collective un-follow?)

In the meantime, here is the NY Times piece.

WHEN DO “FAMILY RULES” CHANGE FOR TEENAGERS?
By KRISTEN BRAKEMAN

“But I hate going to their house. The other kids ignore me and it’s boring,” my 9-year-old complained when I told her we were going to a dinner party with my old high school friends and their families.

“I don’t care. It’s a family dinner and we go as a family,” I insisted.

“Then why doesn’t Chloe have to go?”

Hmm. I should have known that decision would come back to bite me. Continue reading

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Featured on WordPress Mother’s Day Blog & a post

I’m honored to be featured in a special WordPress Mother’s Day Feature on MomBlogs!  Thanks WordPress and welcome new WordPress visitors!

As Cheri wrote in her lovely post, I write about life with my three daughters, my aging and heightist mom, or about things that irk or baffle me.  Really, I write about whatever I want to write about, damn it.

In honor of Mother’s Day, here’s a piece I’ve written about my mother.

“LUNCH WITH TWO WOMEN NAMED JOAN”

also known as, MY 85 YEAR-OLD MOM AND HER FRIEND HAVE LUNCH, CATFIGHT ALMOST ENSUES

Two Women Named JoanWhen she was ten, my mother met a girl who shared her first name. They quickly became best friends and stayed so for the next 75 years. Together they shared schoolyard memories, weddings, and years of family get-togethers.

But in the year and a half since my father passed away, my mom had not been able to see her best friend, Joan, because they live an hour apart and neither could drive on the freeways. (Though unfortunate for them, likely countless lives have been saved by their motoring absence.)

My brothers and sisters and I felt badly about the situation especially because this was when my mom needed her friend the most, in the lonely time that followed the loss of her husband of sixty years. So first my brother and I decided to reunite the two Joans through email.

But as much as we tried to simplify the process, our Joan could not, or rather would not, embrace the use of a computer. At each tutorial she would play along and pretend to listen to us, while refusing to let anything sink in. Though my mom would nod or respond occasionally with an “Uh-huh,” I knew she was secretly worrying if we’d finish the tedious exercise before the start of Dr. Oz. Frankly, we could have gotten more genuine cooperation from my cat. Continue reading

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My Column in Working Mother Magazine

Here’s a humor piece I wrote that was in the Feb/March issue of Working Mother Magazine.  I wrote it last year when I was trying to talk to my daughter while editing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. Now, I’m in the edit bay on another Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show! Oh, and my daughter thinks she should get half of the money I earned for selling the article.

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Teachers – Give Us Parents A Break!

I know it’s a huge cultural taboo to criticize teachers, but they are not always perfect and I can’t keep quiet about this any longer.

My beef is with the relentless assignment of outside projects.  I am fine with kids doing regular homework, but don’t teachers realize how much time and money these extra projects cost us parents? Continue reading

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I’m Just Like Honey Boo Boo’s Mom!

Help! I don’t know how it happened but somehow I’ve turned into Honey Boo Boo’s mom.

Check out my guest post on LA Parent.

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The Most Un-Cool Mom Ever – Guest Post on Ooph

Check out my post on Ooph – Stefanie Mullen’s website for parents of teens and tweens.

I’m so uncool!

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