Parenting / LA Mom

Running up that Hill

By: Tanya Ward Goodman

little boy legos

Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Kate Bush. She’s there in my car, in my kitchen, filling my house with her soprano warble. I played the song “Wuthering Heights” for my daughter a couple of weeks ago because she’s got her own soprano warble going and I thought she would connect to the inherent drama of Ms. Bush. She liked it okay, but it was my son who took time out...

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A City Dwellers New Year

By: Tanya Ward Goodman

sketch drawing with hearts

About four days into this New Year, I took my holiday money to a local spa and booked a massage. I’d spent three weeks in the near constant company of my children and while we had a mostly marvelous time, I was in sore need of an hour alone. Bonus if that time included chime-y relaxation music and scented candles. About half an hour into my massage, just when I was drifting...

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Marriage and Kids: Sticking It Out

By: Tosha Woronov

happy couple on wedding day

Several months ago I wrote about my and my husband’s decision to not have any more children. [My One and Only] I wrote a little about his enviable conviction in our choice to stop at one and I wrote a lot about my angst. (Of course, I can probably count on one hand the number of times I stood on the sure side of any important decision. Unfortunately, I just don’t roll that way.)

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City Dweller: My Family is a Rock Family

By: Tanya Ward Goodman

kids in the water

My family is a rock family. By that I do not mean we are in a band. We like rocks. We cannot help but pick up round stones and hold them in our hands as we walk. Our dryer rattles with the sound of loose gravel, our yard is filled with odd shaped minerals, rough edged or worn smooth by sea and sand. We collect rocks on beaches, trails and roadsides. We let them weight our...

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Reading The Paper

By: Tanya Ward Goodman

afternoon sky

In the newspaper today, I learned a little about the six people killed in Arizona. I learned that a little girl wanted to grow into a veterinarian; I learned that an older couple had found each other after a long life. I learned that a young man was looking for an engagement ring. All of these facts are powerful to know. Knowing them makes the loss of these six people that...

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Island Holiday

By: Tanya Ward Goodman

After ten days on a nearly-deserted island, we arrived home to a crispy Christmas tree and piles of mail.

Nearly-deserted island?

It’s true.

This year, for the holidays, we packed up the fam and braved numerous (and increasingly smaller) airplanes, arriving finally on what is referred to as a “family island” in the Bahamas.

The island, just shy of 100 square miles, boasts a...

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Terrific Tuesday

By: Tanya Ward Goodman

Hip LA mom writes about things to do in the city with your children.

Took the kids to LACMA recently on the first of what I’ve decided will be “Terrific Tuesdays”. Thanks to constant LAUSD budget cuts they get out of school early on Tuesdays and rather than spend these extra hours battling over who gets to watch television and why we can’t play computer games until...

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The Magic Sweater

By: Tanya Ward Goodman

I returned two sweaters today and one the day before.  All three sweaters are similar – funnel neck, wide cuffs, boxy shape.  They were all black or dark charcoal gray.  They were very nice sweaters.  They did the things a sweater should do.  For example, they were all warm.  But they were not THE sweater.

THE sweater is black. It has a funnel neck, wide cuffs and a boxy...

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Black Friday Under Blue Skies

By: Tanya Ward Goodman

We spent Black Friday under blue skies.  My kids wanted the beach.  My visiting mother wanted the beach.  We headed to the beach.
Though it was freezing cold, my daughter wore her bikini.  “Tanya Ward Goodman,” she said, when I questioned her choice, “I am warm, I am hot, I am burning for the ocean…”

And so she was.

We headed south to the very tip of the Palos Verdes...

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A Good Day

By: Tanya Ward Goodman

On Sunday, I went to a yoga class and then hit the farmers’ market. Blinking in the sun (gotta love November in Los Angeles), I sorted through piles of tomatoes and zucchini and little round sweet peppers, red as Christmas lights. I grabbed a couple of bunches of kale, some brand-new baby asparagus (SoCal, where it’s spring all year round), and some fresh sweet onions....

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Eight Years Later

By: Tanya Ward Goodman

My boy is eight years old.  He’s taller and broader with every passing week, as aware of his strength as a baby elephant.

On the day of his birth I was supposed to go to the movies with a friend. It was the first day of my maternity leave and I had plans to paint his bedroom and sew a crib bumper out of yellow fabric. I was reading Fanny Burney’s “Evelina: or the History of...

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Just In Time

By: Tanya Ward Goodman

I caught a glimpse of a whole new patch of grey hairs yesterday.

“Holy smokes!” I exclaimed.  “What the heck is going on here?”

“You’re old,” my son said.

And my daughter echoed “Old, old, old…”

I’m pretty sure these new grey hairs (as well as most of the old ones) can be attributed directly to my kids, so I told them to simmer down and pointed out that while I was perhaps...

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