Author Archives: Michael A. Burstein

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Dear Muffin and Squeaker

There Are No Words Originally published December 20, 2012 A week ago today, twenty children, all just a little older than the two of you, were murdered in their school classrooms. Mass shootings like these often feel remote to us, … Continue reading

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Roots in the Future

Preserving the Planet for Posterity Originally published December 7, 2012 In one of his short stories, writer Spider Robinson, known for his Callahan’s Bar science-fiction stories, has a character make an observation about our connection to our family. “Everybody’s got roots … Continue reading

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Voting as Family Tradition

Instilling Civic Duty at an Early Age in the 2012 Election. Originally published November 9, 2012 My grandmother, Clara Baker (known as Clara Baker Cohen after she got married), grew up in Somerville. She attended junior high and high school … Continue reading

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Clean-Up Time

Contradictions in Cleanliness Originally published October 10, 2012 Before Nomi and I had children of our own, we knew from visiting friends of ours who were already parents that children lead to clutter.  Now, Nomi and I are used to … Continue reading

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Fifty First Drafts

Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going? Are We There Yet? Are We There Yet? Originally published August 31, 2012 Believe it or not, has reached a major milestone today, our fiftieth column. In its honor, we’ve decided to … Continue reading

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Up in the Sky! Superheroes!

Introducing Children to Earth’s Protectors Originally published August 17, 2012 I can’t remember a time when I did not know about Superman. I was introduced to comic books and comic book superheroes at a very young age, and to this day I … Continue reading

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Muffin, Squeaker, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here

Scenes from a visit to the BU Child Language Lab. Originally published July 20, 2012 “Truck.” It seems strange to me today, but according to what my parents told me when I was in my teens, “truck” was my very … Continue reading

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In Sickness and in Sleep (or Lack Thereof)

Why we were exhausted all week Originally published June 21, 2012 A while back in The Brookline Parent, I noted that a common theme of some of my columns . At first, I felt a little self-conscious about this realization, … Continue reading

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Occupy Playdates

Are We Having Fun Yet? Originally published May 25, 2012 When Muffin and Squeaker were born, Nomi and I were delighted that they were twins. Yes, those first few months were rough, especially when it came to getting enough sleep. … Continue reading

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Nothing But the Tooth

Getting Stubborn Kids to Brush Their Teeth Originally published April 27, 2012 With the girls approaching their third birthday, we thought we were done with teething, but apparently we were wrong. Two of Squeaker’s back molars have just began erupting, … Continue reading

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