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December, 2009

So what if her tree stinks — Smartmom’s Christmas is wonderful

Smartmom: The family is together in Brooklyn — where it belongs. Comments (2).

What about those racy photos of the Oh So Feisty One on Facebook?

Smartmom: Photos from last week’s Marriott sleepover somehow got on Facebook. Comments (5).

Smartmom chaperones a Marriott sleepover

Smartmom: When Luvbud’s mom bails, Smartmom is called in to be the chaperone for a five-girl sleepover. Comment.

For these flu-fighting girls, the nose knows

Parenting: Finally, two 8-year-olds give a full report from the nurse’s office on what it’s like to actually get a flu injection up your nose. Comments (2).

November, 2009

Divan intervention! Smartmom’s clan adjusts to the new couch

Smartmom: It’s here. It’s queer. But they’re getting used to it. Comments (4).

Smartmom wins! She gets her couch!

Smartmom: The couch saga is finally resolved: Hepcat gives in and Smartmom gets to replace her 18-year-old Ikea couch. Whew. Comments (4).

Smartmom becomes Joni Mitchell — her life is a circle game

Smartmom: With both her kids pretty much abandoning her, Smartmom is throwing everything she has into her relationship with Ducky, her 5-year-old neice. Talk about a carousel of time! Comments (6).

Smartmom wants to have The Talk with OSFO

Smartmom: But the tween isn’t ready to have her mom tell her about sex — no matter how many seminars Smartmom has taken at Babeland. Comments (9).

October, 2009

Someone wants to buy this couch?

Smartmom: Could it be true? Someone actually wants to buy Smartmom’s 18-year-old IKEA couch? Comments (10).

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Teen Spirit is doing well at Gap Year University

Smartmom: He didn’t go away to college, but Smartmom’s son, Teen Spirit, is learning plenty. Now, if he only had a bank account. Comments (5).

Hepcat is not taking this couch search lying down

Smartmom: Finally, Smartmom’s husband agrees to look at couches. For this marriage, that’s a huge step forward. Comment.

Hepcat needs to see that a new couch is Smartmom’s divan right

Smartmom: They’ve been married for years, but Hepcat still doesn’t get it: Sometimes, you just have to say, “You know what, honey? You’re right.” Comments (8).

September, 2009

Couch chronicles, part II: Smartmom learns to love the ratty divan

Smartmom: Looks like that 18-year-old sofa is here to stay — but so is Hepcat, so there is some good news this week. Comment.

All Smartmom wants is a new couch — is that so wrong?

Smartmom: The latest drama: Smartmom wants to replace an 18-year-old couch — and no one will let her. Comments (5).

Oh So Feisty One doesn’t call — and Smartmom freaks out

Smartmom: Suddenly, Smartmom goes from protective to overprotective to veryoverprotective in one day. Comments (2).

Oh So Feisty One’s first day blues

Smartmom: It’s the first day of school — and Smartmom relives 16 years of school openers. Comments (6).

The family returns — and rebonds with Teen Spirit

Smartmom: Hepcat, Smartmom and the Oh So Feisty One return from vacation and find themselves back in love with Teen Spirit. Comments (6).

August, 2009

Smartmom is away, so Teen Spirit lives the high life

Smartmom: With the family in California, Teen Spirit is in Brooklyn, working and partying. But Smartmom exacts her revenge. Comments (13).

School gets in the way of OSFO’s summer reading fun

Smartmom: Smartmom’s daughter loves to read — but not the books on her schools “required” summer reading list. Uh-oh. Comments (7).

Teen Spirit’s ‘gap year’ begins — and Smartmom is anxious

Smartmom: Smartmom’s college-age son is taking a year off to find himself. But when do the courses start? Comments (1).

The OSFO goes parasailing — and Smartmom finally learns to cut the cord

Smartmom: Smartmom lets the Oh So Feisty One take flight — finally! It’s a very special edition of Smartmom. Comments (1).

July, 2009

The Oh So Feisty One is no camp follower

Smartmom: Smartmom’s supposed to be on Block Island doing her annual writing week in paradise. But OSFO won’t go to camp as scheduled. What’s a mother to do? Comments (1).

The Oh So Feisty One’s not-so-excellent adventure

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom lets OSFO ride the subway by herself — and she ends up in another county! Comments (3).

Costly Montessori expansion to go ahead despite cut of special ed program

Parenting: An elite private school’s expansion plans in Cobble Hill have renewed debate about its decision last year to cut a highly touted special education program. Comment.

Believe it: Teen Spirit has graduated from high school!

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom celebrates Teen Spirit’s graduation (yes, graduation) from high school. The kid did it! Comments (1).

What’s the matter with kids these days? Computers!

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom bemoans the Oh So Feisty One’s “virtual sleepover” with her pal, Luvbud. Comments (1).

June, 2009

Smartmom’s first Father’s Day without her dad

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom remembers the father she lost last year. Comment.

A surprise on Teen Spirit’s birthday — he DOES want a party

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Teen Spirit admits that he wants a party on his 18th birthday. Comment.

Ringling ain’t the only ‘greatest’ show in town

Dooley Noted: Our kids music, mime and puppetry reviewer checks out another installment of CIRCUSundays at the Waterfront Museum in Red Hook. Comments (1).

Same as it ever was — Hepcat and Teen Spirit bond over David Byrne

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Hepcat takes Teen Spirit to the David Byrne show in Prospect Park for some surprise bonding. Comment.

Where in the world is Teen Spirit?

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom tries to help a friend with a troubled teen. Comments (3).

Sex Ed 101: Smartmom finally learns how to talk to her kids about sex

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom takes a course on raising “sex-positive” kids. Could she finally become better at talking to her kids? Maybe next week. Comments (1).

What Smartmom learned at Babeland

Smartmom: So what did Smartmom learn at the “sex-positive kids” lecture at Babeland? Comment.

May, 2009

Smartmom’s Memorial Day memory of her great dad

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom deals wit memory and loss a year after the death of her dad. Comments (2).

Smartmom says: Plenty of women can be just as happy without kids!

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on the award-winning BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom shows the positive side of life without kids. Comments (2).

Smartmom raises her glass to new bar — the one across from the school

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom says she has no problem with a new bar-restaurant across the street from PS 107 in Park Slope. Comments (6).

Stretch mark! Beloved python really extends herself

Parenting: Fantasia, the beloved albino Burmese python at the Children’s Museum, celebrated her 15th birthday this weekend — and was promptly rolled out to her full length for the first time in years. Comment.

It’s Mother’s Day — but who’s crying? Smartmom, of course

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom digs in for some serious Mother’s Day tears. Comment.

April, 2009

Smartmom wonders: What is a good mother?

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom examines what it takes to be a good mother (believe it or not, she is one!). Comment.

Ya gotta bee-lieve! Apiary puppet show is a hit at the Brick

Dooley Noted: The world’s foremost authority on puppetry, kids music and mime is back with a rave review for “The Colonists” at the Brick Theater. Comment.

The problem? Smartmom isn’t bad ENOUGH

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom complains that she’s not a bad enough mother to get in on the latest publishing trend: memoirs and confessions from “bad” parents. Yep, she missed the boat again. Comments (1).

The hits and misses of the UniverSoul Circus

Dooley Noted: Our kids music, mime and puppetry reviewer takes a look at the UniverSoul Circus. Comments (3).

Smartmom pining for a foreign affair

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom bemoans how little foreign travel her kids have done and realizes who’s to blame: she is. It’s not just the economy, stupid! Comments (4).

Fort Greene charter school is tougher than Harvard

Parenting: Compared to the competition for a kindergarten slot, Harvard will be a safety school for these kids. Comments (15).

Smartmom and Hepcat were ‘Gods of Carnage’

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom recalls a playground fight and how her reaction was straight out of the Broadway show, “God of Carnage.” Comments (1).

March, 2009

Teen Spirit, 18, is ready to be a man

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom looks back on a topsy-turvy 18 years for Teen Spirit as her first child becomes a man. Comments (1).

Hepcat is building up some resentment

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom calls in a handyman when Hepcat could have easily done the work himself. Comments (2).

So what if Smartmom ain’t so smart?

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom admits her flaws. Comments (4).

Take a ‘Road Trip’ with Miss Suzy at Southpaw

Dooley Noted: Our kids music, mime and puppetry reviewer previews Suzy Shelton’s upcoming concert. Comment.

What happens on Facebook should stay on Facebook

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom gives her report from deep inside Facebook. Comments (6).

The unthinkable! Smartmom catches a bad cold

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, our Smartmom comes down with the flu and her whole family gets sick. Comments (1).

February, 2009

Smartmom is still learning how to be a mom

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, our Smartmom realizes that she’s not so smart after all. Who goes on a trip with four tweens yet fails to bring a Band Aid? Comments (3).

Oh, lord! Dan Zanes has found Jesus

Dooley Noted: Our kids music, mime and puppetry reviewer weighs in on Dan Zanes’s religious album. Comments (15).

Our annual summer camp guide!

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OSFO gets the last, feisty, word

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, the Oh So Feisty One delivers the last word: She doesn’t mind that Smartmom writes about her in public. So there! Comments (20).

She still loves Hepcat, the lug

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, our columnist takes stock on Valentine’s Day and decides that marriage is tough, but she still loves her Hepcat. Comments (4).

Our exclusive family calendar!

Parenting: All the fun you could be having with your kids. Comment.

Smartmom takes on her critics — including her daughter

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom Day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, our columnist reacts to the condemnation of her as a bad mom. Comments (31).

January, 2009

Smartmom decides to keep it real

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom Day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, our columnist gets criticized for writing about her kids — but it’s her writing, and her kids, so buzz off! Comments (19).

Readers speak: Smartmom is wrong

Parenting: We asked for your opinion on whether Smartmom should keep writing about her kids. The verdict is in. Comments (4).

Smartmom’s kids: Write is so wrong

Parenting: Smartmom’s kids have dropped a momshell! Comments (24).

Our exclusive family calendar!

Parenting: All the fun you could be having with your kids. Comments (1).

Smartmom’s family hates her column

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom says her family is revolting — revolting against her column, that is. Comments (10).

It’s now pay to play at the Moxie Spot

Parenting: A Brooklyn Heights restaurant has gone from kid-loving to kid-charging overnight, proving once again that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Comments (2).

The 2009 camp guide

Parenting: The Brooklyn Paper’s roundup of summer camps for your kids. Comment.

Our exclusive family calendar!

Parenting: All the fun you could be having with your kids. Comments (1).

This show is a ‘beauty’

Dooley Noted: The world’s foremost authority on puppetry and mime reviews “Sleeping Beauty” at Puppetworks. Comments (1).

Economic slowdown? Welcome to Smartmom’s daily life

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom says she’s not worried about the Great Depression of 2009 — because living on less has been her lifestyle for years. Comments (1).

Our exclusive family calendar!

Parenting: All the fun you could be having with your kids. Comment.

Can this family get back in synch?

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom and clan try to get back to their old routines after a long holiday. Comments (1).

December, 2008

Christmas in Cali for Smartmom

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, it’s a very special Smartmom as the family treks to Hepcat’s ancestral farm in California. Comment.