Author Archives: Nomi S. Burstein

Finding Time to Make Time

Carving Out the Moments that Matter As I write this, we have mostly finished dinner and are waiting for Squeaker to be done eating so that we can start the bedtime process. But that leaves me about five minutes, depending … Continue reading

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Sukkah To Me!

Sharing the Joy of the Holiday with the Younger Set The fall Jewish holidays are upon us. I wrote about preparing to celebrate these holidays with the girls when they were two years old, but as they’ve gotten older, how … Continue reading

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Mornings Can Be Quite Alarming

Adjusting Everyone’s Body Clocks to Accommodate New Schedules Since they were old enough to have an opinion on the subject, Muffin and Squeaker have been very vocal about their bedtime. “We’re not tired,” they’d say. “We want to play this … Continue reading

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Adventuring Through Comic Con

Squeaker and Muffin Take on the Hulk and My Little Pony Michael has been a comic book fan since 1974, and while my interest in comics is not as long or as deep as his, I have always enjoyed superhero … Continue reading

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Party in the Park

Lots of Planning Turns Into Two Hours of Fun On July 13th, we celebrated Muffin and Squeaker’s fifth birthday by throwing them a party in a local park. We’ve done park parties every year since they were two years old; this … Continue reading

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An Ill Wind

Health Issues Affect the Whole Family As I write this column, I am lying in my bed with my feet up. Such an indulgence on a work day, I hear you cry. But, really, it’s not. You see, I’ve contracted … Continue reading

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Hail the Bridegroom, Hail the Bride

A Flower Girl Balancing Act Over the winter, one of Muffin and Squeaker’s favorite adults asked them to participate in her wedding. The girls were unsure what this was going to entail, but once they were told that they were … Continue reading

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Scary Movies

Watching the Watchers I hate Disney movies. Wait, no. That’s not fair. I don’t hate Disney movies. I just have a problem with them being considered the pinnacle of children’s film fare. Because think about it: Disney movies have certain … Continue reading

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The Brookline Parent: A Grand Day Out

Late Fall in Coolidge Corner Originally published November 27, 2012 Mid-November is an odd time for activities. It’s no longer really apple-picking season; the leaves have mostly fallen so leaf peeping is not a viable activity; and the weather is … Continue reading

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Shutting Down the Bully Pulpit

Working to Help Our Kids Feel Safe in School Originally published October 25, 2012 Last school year, when Muffin and Squeaker were two years old, we enrolled them in a playgroup that comprised six two-year-olds. While they loved the playgroup, … Continue reading

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