Allison Lefrak works as a consumer protection attorney at the Federal Trade Commission where she focuses on issues of privacy and data security. Previously, she was the Litigation Director at a non-profit organization that sought to promote compliance with human rights norms through domestic litigation. Allison spent ten years in private practice, most recently at Reed Smith LLP. She served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Welton Curtis Sewell of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Allison obtained her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. She earned her BA from Colgate University. Allison’s essays have been featured in Washington Woman and MomsRising. Allison’s op-ed about representing detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba was published in The National Law Journal and her essays are included in a book compilation - The Guantanamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison Outside the Law. Allison lives outside of Washington, DC with her husband and their three children.
1. Please describe yourself in ten words.
Working mom of three. Grateful wife, daughter, sister and friend.
2. Nobody ever told me parenting would require me to ...
Clean up bodily fluids from so many weird places like the tiny crevices in car seats, inside rolls of fat on baby legs, off the wall, off my own body… I’ll stop now.
3. Kids say the darndest things. One of the best things that ever came out of my child's mouth was ...
Here’s a recent one from my nearly 8-year-old son. After getting dressed one morning, he tossed his pajamas and underwear on the floor. My husband, Malcolm, set the clothes on the table near where Luke was eating and told him that he needed to put them in a laundry basket. Luke turned to him and asked calmly, “What kind of a man puts dirty underwear next to a man while he’s eating his breakfast?”
4. My worst 2 AM moment with my child was ...
When Harper was a baby and woke up struggling to breathe. Our pediatrician diagnosed it over the phone as croup and told us to bundle her up and take her outside in the freezing cold because inhaling the cold air would help. This trick worked, but the incident was terrifying and Malcolm slept on the floor of her room the rest of night to monitor her breathing.
5. My idea of perfect family happiness is …
When the three kids are playing together and no one is fighting or crying.
6. What is the best parenting advice you gave or received?
My friend Nicole said when you have one kid, you think that you couldn’t possibly handle or love a second, but then you do. When you have two kids, you think that you couldn’t possibly handle or love a third, but then you do. I decided not to test her theory any further after three.
7. What is your favorite book to read with your child?
The Knuffle Bunny books.
8. I would win the parenting award for ...
Knowing every word of the Annie soundtrack and singing it with abandon to pass the time on long drives with the kids. (Malcolm would not give me an award for this.)
9. I would be put in the parenting penalty box for ...
- Throwing away broken toys, subpar artwork and goody bag trinkets and then later flat out lying about it when asked if I’ve seen a particular item
- For referring to any of my kids’ artwork as “subpar”
10. If your children were characters from fiction, who would they be?
Right now, Dennis the Menace, Jo from Little Women and Fern from Charlotte’s Web.
11. If your family had theme song, what would it be?
Currently, “Fight Song." Abbie likes to hear it right before I drop her off at preschool – gets her pumped up for a rough day of playing, painting, singing and dancing with her friends.
12. The title of the movie about your family life would be ...
It changes by the minute. Last night was The Crying Game. This morning, Dazed and Confused.
The Twigtale Twelve - Allison Lefrak was originally published on October 20, 2015. Modifications to style, arrangement, and linked sources were made on January 8, 2016.