Author Archive | Ilyse Kaplan

socially awkward mom

I’m a Socially Awkward Mom

I’m the mom at the playground who smiles when you smile at me. I follow my toddler around, talking to her, trying to look consumed by motherhood. I push my daughter on the swing next to your toddler, smiling and laughing with her. I’m never the first one to talk because in my head, I’m […]

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we don't yell

We Don’t Yell (Often)

Growing up in my house we called it “raising our voice,” in my husband’s house they called it “yell talking,” but in our own home, we “gently redirect.” At two, it feels easy to follow this method. We take away her cup when she is dumping milk all over the table, we take away her plate when […]

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