Alisa. 37. New Hampshire. Married for almost three years to this wonderful, funny, smart guy. Previously married. Went through in-vitro fertilization to have my five year old magical son Keegan. Stepmother to the charming Isabelle (6). Gushingly in love with our baby boy Harper(1). Policy Wonk and dreaded bureaucrat. Lover of fine cuisine, honeybees, truly romantic moments and the underdog.
Curried Beef Short Ribs

Note: I found this was more realistically four servings.

Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors.

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 teaspoons canola oil
2 pounds ...continue reading

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Tips From The Mother of An Almost Three Year Old

If your child suddenly claims his boot is too tight, believe him. And then check for the super ball that inevitably bounced into the boot.

Don't waste your time buying fancy gadgets and toys. My kid will delight for hours playing with his COLOSSAL BARREL OF CRAFTS without actually constructing any crafts. Beware of the feathers and craft sticks he will strew about the house. No wonder it was an Oppenheim winner.

Get a car with a leather interior. Make friends with the local detailing place. It will be a mutually beneficial relationship.

Resist the urge to feed your kid junk (not including birthday parties, etc.). Besides the obvious health benefits for the child it will make your life easier too. I don't have to put up with the begging for candy at the grocery store or the demanding of soda, candy or other junk. My kid is thrilled with strawberries, dried fruit or the occasional scoop of sorbet.

Similarly, resist the urge to give your kid too much screen time. Kids who rely on their own imaginations are able to self entertain and are also not obsessed with over marketed characters. Just like above for avoiding the begging for junk in stores.

Keep reminding yourself that they are individuals. Every kid is different and so you have to constantly be on your toes to meet their needs as a parent.

Right before you start whatever part of your day is most stressful as a parent (mine is evenings). Breathe. Relax. If you walk in hyped up it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Every once in a while stop and really look at your child. Sometimes you miss things because they grow so fast and life is happening. And even though you know how amazing they are, you will be surprised all over again.

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