December, 2008

Smartmom in 2008 — anxious as ever

Smartmom: Smartmom looks back on a wild and neurotic year! Comments (2).

Smartmom ‘nails’ it: She’s jealous!

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at This week, Smartmom is jealous of her best friend’s daughter’s academic success. Look, Teen Spirit has his own path! She knows that! Comments (4).

Where in the world is Teen Spirit?

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at This week, Smartmom tries to help a friend with a troubled teen. Comment.

Giving thanks for Thanksgiving

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at This week, Smartmom’s family makes Hepcat feel welcome at the Thanksgiving table — as always. Comments (1).

November, 2008

Thinking things through on Thanksgiving

Smartmom: Usually, Tuesday is Smartmom Day at, but it’s a short week, what with Thanksgiving and all, so we wanted you to start enjoying this week’s column a day early. Happy Thanksgiving! Comments (1).

Turquoise turmoil for OSFO

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at This week, the tear-filled final chapter in the saga of the Oh So Feisty One’s turquoise hair. Comments (4).

Smartmom isn’t blue about OSFO’s hair

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at This week, the Oh So Feisty One colors her hair turquoise — and Smartmom is pleased. Comments (1).

Teen Spirit falls into the ‘gap’

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at This week, Teen Spirit considers taking a year off before college (what? He was planning on GOING to college?). Comment.

October, 2008

Dad is gone, but Smartmom has his car

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on This week, Smartmom remembers her dad through his Suburu. Comment.

Smartmom and Hepcat need to get a life

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on This week, we learn why Smartmom is not going to be a very good empty nester! Comments (1).

Smartmom has no kids to drop off

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on This week, Smartmom gets a bit sad to walk past PS 321 and know that she no longer has a kid at that school. Comment.

Smartmom does some babysitting

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on This week, everyone’s favorite Park Slope mom finds herself traumatized about the prospect of babysitting for her 4-year-old niece. Comments (1).

A Great Depression or a little depression?

Smartmom: If it’s Wednesday, it’s Smartmom day at This week, our columnist considers what to tell the children about the economic crisis (hint: tell them that their piggy bank is safe!). Comments (1).

September, 2008

Smartmom in the morning

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day at This week, our columnist tries to get her family going in the morning. It’s not easy being mean. Comments (1).

Sarah Palin and Brooklyn: Imperfect together

Smartmom: This week, our columnist examines Sarah Palin — and finds her wanting. Comments (5).

Smartmom loses her dad

Smartmom: Smartmom’s dad, Monte Ghertler, dies. Comment.

50 reasons why Smartmom’s on the emotional roller coster

Smartmom: She’s turning 50. Oy vey! Comments (1).

August, 2008

Teen Spirit catches Dylan fever

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom Day at This week, our columnist sends her teenage son to the Dylan concert. Comments (3).

Two Dylans show up at Prospect Park

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist gives his review of the event of the season: Bob Dylan in Prospect Park. Comments (11).

It’s Teen Spirit’s wild years

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom Day on In this week’s installment, Smartmom reveals what it’s like to have a strong-willed, moody 17-year-old in the house. Comments (4).

It’s time for the birds and bees

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day on This week, Park Slope’s uber-parent delves into that most sensitive of topics: the birds and the bees (and, no, this ain’t a nature column!). Comments (3).

July, 2008

The empty nesters of Park Slope

Smartmom: Sleepaway camp has really changed since the days Smartmom was a camper at various northeastern summer getaways. Comment.

OSFO in camp, Smartmom on retreat — and Hepcat is blue

Smartmom: This summer, the Oh So Feisty One is at camp and Smartmom is on her retreat to Block Island. What will Hepcat do? Comments (1).

Ay and Eye — now they’re lost souls

Smartmom: Smartmom loses two more friends to parts unknown. How could anyone leave Park Slope? Comment.

OSFO moves on — and Smartmom follows

Smartmom: Hepcat and The Oh So Feisty One spent the night before her graduation from PS 321 coloring her hair blue. Hepcat is quite the artiste when it comes to applying Manic Panic hair color with a paintbrush (it must be all those painting classes he took with renowned abstract artist Elizabeth Murray at Bard College back in the 1970s). Comment.

June, 2008

The end of the PS 321 line

Smartmom: Smartmom’s days are numbered at PS 321. After 11 years as a very involved parent at this illustrious school, she’s is about to say adieu. Comment.

In fact, Teen Spirit needs his space

Smartmom: Smartmom was fretting over her teenager’s long absences until she learned that it’s all normal. Comments (3).

Signed, sealed, but not delivered

Smartmom: It’s the first week in June and Smartmom still doesn’t know where the Oh So Feisty One will be going to middle school in September. And Smartmom is pissed! Comment.

May, 2008

Third St is just a small town

Smartmom: A Memorial Day barbecue on Third Street brings it all home for Smartmom Comment.

Smartmom knows an ‘edgy mom’

Smartmom: Smartmom organizes her second “Edgy Moms” reading — and learns the greatest lesson of all: be edgy. Comment.

A day for all of her mothers

Smartmom: Smartmom’s Mother’s Day is jam-packed with mom on mom action. Comment.

Jen and Paul: We hardly knew ye!

Smartmom: Smartmom weighs in on actors Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany’s move from Park Slope to, gasp, Manhattan. Comment.

Miley and Teen Spirit shed things

Smartmom: Smartmom knows all about the Miley Cyrus debacle. After all, she has a 16-year-old with a self-induced crewcut. Comments (2).

April, 2008

Smartmom’s hankering to cook

Smartmom: Smartmom sees a recipe book — and it reminds her of her ever-tenuous feminism. Comment.

Is the OSFO ready for a cellphone?

Smartmom: With some parents letting their 9-year-olds on the subway — the subway?! — Smartmom considers getting the Oh So Feisty One a cellphone. Comment.

Smartmom outsmarts Skenazy

Smartmom: It’s a parenting columnist smackdown: Our Smartmom vs. Lenore Skenazy of the New York Sun. Comments (1).

No one has dibs on ugly red chair

Smartmom: Smartmom has to get rid of the big red chair — but, o, the memories! Comment.

March, 2008

Smartmom’s tears to flow

Smartmom: Smartmom still isn’t crying over the Oh So Feisty One’s imminent fifth-grade graduation. Oh wait, yes she is! Comment.

It’s a crowded house with our rockers

Smartmom: Smartmom has a full house, thanks to all of Teen Spirit’s rocker pals sleeping over all the time. Comments (1).

What are Smartmom’s dealbreakers?

Smartmom: Eliot Spitzer’s alleged prostitution habit has Smartmom wondering what it would take before she left Hepcat. Comments (1).

Grown-ups need their toys, too!

Smartmom: Can we please just end the Babeland controversy before it even begins? Comments (1).

February, 2008

Being a good mom means being more than just not bad

Smartmom: Britney Spears is guilty of one egregious act of bad mommydom after another, yet we can’t get enough of her. What makes a good mom, anyway? Comments (1).

Private schools, public chatting

Smartmom: Last week, Park Slopers were obsessed over which kids got into local private schools. Smartmom had this thought: Who cares? Comments (2).

When the Hepcat’s away, Teen Spirit will play

Smartmom: Our favorite son would never try such shenanigans if Hepcat were home. But Teen Spirit know that Smartmom is a world-class pushover. Comment.

State of the Union: Kids are back in the ‘Hall’

Smartmom: The owner of Union Hall, the Union Street bocce bar popular with hipsters, rockers and new moms, has changed his mind after a week of criticism for his hastily announced “No kids allowed” policy. Comments (15).

January, 2008

An Old Mom Friend stirs mom nerves

Smartmom: Smartmom runs into an old mom friend — and the anxieties come back to her. Comment.

Oh So Feisty One reaches ‘middle’ age

Smartmom: Smartmom’s kid is shopping for a middle school. This ain’t easy, folks. Comments (1).

Fifty is nifty if you’re ‘Smart’

Smartmom: Now that she’s 50 (yes, 50), Smartmom can either complain or take action. She’s choosing, well, both. Comments (3).

Smartmom gives from the wallet this holiday season

Smartmom: Smartmom learns to stop worrying and love panhandlers. Comment.