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Robin

Robin
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Robin is a Bay Area native who spent eight years on the East Coast (college, journalism school and work) before returning to California with her husband Basil in 2007. She's the mom of a boy and two girls born in 2012, 2014, and 2017 and works as a freelance journalist when the kids allow. Exercise is her highly valued "me time," and in early 2016 she became a Bar Method instructor in Palo Alto.

A Good Mom is Sugar and Spice – and Not Always Nice

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My 6-year-old gave me a performance evaluation of my parenting recently. I don’t mean the emotion-driven “You’re the meanest mom ever” because I said no to eating cookies for breakfast, or the exaggerated “You’re...

What I Learned from My Son’s Food Hoarding

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It’s a common refrain among parents of hungry, growing kids: How can we be out of food already? Didn’t we just go to the store? Some kids wait until their adolescent years to become...

You Won’t be Ready for Your Parents to Age, but You Can be Prepared

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In romantic relationships, the dreaded words are: We need to talk. When it comes to family members, it’s even briefer: Please call me. That’s the text message I received from my mom late on a...

To Raise Girls Who Think Like Champions, I Had to Up My Own Game

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Picking my daughter up from preschool the other day, the lead teacher tipped me off to a nickname my 3-year-old has earned among the faculty, most of whom also taught her older brother and...

How I Made Thousands of Dollars by Quarantine Cleaning

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As the weeks ticked by under shelter-in-place, some people baked bread, some took up knitting and others staged elaborate photo shoots posing like famous paintings or dressing up as characters from “Tiger King.” I...

The Surprising Reason Toddlers Are Obsessed With Their Loveys

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My youngest daughter is a “lovey” kid. If you have one, you know what I mean: the child who forms an early, seemingly random yet unwavering attachment to a toy or object that becomes...

My Kids Finally Know What I Do All Day

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Until a few months ago, much of my identity was a mystery to my kids. Sure, they knew what I did with them, but they had very little clue what I did without them,...

Grandparent FaceTime Was a Disaster Until We Changed One Thing

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It was the moment every Sunday afternoon I had come to dread. More often than not, I would be busy cleaning up whatever Category-5 mess my kids had created earlier in the day, and...

If Your Kids Believe in Santa, Here’s What You Need to Tell Them About...

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Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, toys that come to life when their owners leave the house.  These are just some of the examples of magic my kids believe in, and keeping that sense of possibility...

Not Everything Should Go Back to Normal

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“Why haven’t we done this before?”  It’s a question I’ve been hearing from my kids, my friends, and my own brain almost daily since my phone stopped trying to auto-correct “coronavirus” and life as we...
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