The Tears Still Fall

The Tears Still Fall

by Allison Lefrak 

The Tears Still Fall was originally published on December 28, 2012 by MomsRising.org. It has been reprinted with permission. 

Two weeks after the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school, I am struggling to determine the reasons why my feelings about it are still so raw. There is no other national tragedy that has affected me so deeply. 

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Moving Day - Talking to Kids About the Transition

Moving Day - Talking to Kids About the Transition

by Twigtale

Is moving day bringing up mixed feelings? We asked two moms and one preschool teacher to tell us about their approach to helping children cope with the transition. Allison Lefrak, consumer protection attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, Anne, preschool teach for nine years, and Patricia Sasser, dean of students at a Connecticut boarding/day high school provide their insight.

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Maternity Leave Zen

Maternity Leave Zen

by Allison Lefrak

It took me two days of maternity leave—before the baby arrived—to get over the feeling that I was playing hooky.   

I got a pedicure, stocked up on groceries, prepared meals and froze them, organized the baby clothes, installed the car seat. By day three, I’d long since forgotten about work and was toying with the idea of outlining a novel.

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Talking to Kids About Gender Identity - Part 3

Talking to Kids About Gender Identity - Part 3

by Twigtale

Twigtale thinks the conversation about gender is an important one – it is about about personal identity and gender equality. It's also a conversation that can take several forms. Explaining why certain toys are marketed to girls or boys, why women and men typically dress in different styles of clothes, or what the word "tomboy" means are all part of a discourse on gender identity. 

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A Battle With Clutter: One Mother’s Exercise in Futility

A Battle With Clutter: One Mother’s Exercise in Futility

by Allison Lefrak

When Malcolm and I moved into a 3-bedroom townhouse in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., it felt vast compared to our 900-square foot condo in the city.  I actually uttered the words, “What are we going to do with all this space?”  Stupid, stupid woman I think now of my younger self.

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