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Author Archive | Emily Pollokoff

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#toddlerlogic (or, a little advice on speaking Toddler)

Before having kids, I had no idea how complicated the English language could be. When not mommying, I’m a linguist trained in nine languages plus dialects–but learning to speak Toddler remains my proudest language-related accomplishment. The challenge Toddler poses is not the unusual syntax, the unique pronunciation, or the rampant pronoun confusion, but the surprisingly significant […]

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Library Story-Time – It’s More Than Books

My oldest was born in Tennessee, but Syracuse is where I “became a mom.” Until my daughter was fifteen months old, we lived in temporary domestic locations or outside the US, so it wasn’t until we landed in CNY for the long term that I had the opportunity or inclination to seek out other mothers […]

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Adventures in Mom-Dating

My first foray into dating as a mom was pretty awkward. I’m pretty sure my palms did not sweat, but my voice definitely shook, so it didn’t help that I was probably talking a little too loudly, as if to convince myself that I was doing something normal. Because all married women ask other married […]

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Diapers Absorb Love and Kindness, Too

Diapers Absorb Love and Kindness, Too

Diapering my babies was a lovely journey, constantly infused with the generosity of those around us. When people hear that I run Go Diaper Free of CNY, they’re usually astonished that my kids didn’t wear diapers. No no, I assure you, they did! (They used the potty from birth too, but that’s another story.) And […]

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The Day I Stopped Doing Dishes

The Day I Stopped Doing Dishes

It wasn’t exactly a picture-perfect strike. There were no walk-outs, no sit-ins, no picketing. No chanting or camaraderie. It was just me versus the kitchen sink, and I had had enough. So I walked away, and I didn’t come back until the next morning. And you know what? The sky did not fall down. The ground […]

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Mothering Without A Mother

Mothering Without A Mother

The day after my second daughter was born, I called my mother on the phone. Our conversation went something like this: Her: Hello? Me: Hi, Mom. It’s Emily. Her: Oh. Uh, hi. Me: How are you? Her: Fine. What’s up Me: Oh, I’m fine, thanks… actually, doing pretty well! I’m just calling to let you […]

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What's Your News, Mama

What’s Your News, Mama?

My sister-in-law called me recently to say hello. After a few minutes of chit-chat, she asked me what else was new. Uhh, I stalled, racking my brain, ya know, the usual… what’s new with you guys? And whaddya know, she said the same. There we were, each of us smart ladies and totally engaged with our vibrant […]

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The Sound of Silence

The Sounds of Silence

There’s nothing more terrifying as a mother than listening to your kids do nothing. You’re washing dishes, you cock an ear and…nothing? Sure enough, junior’s eating potting soil again. Or that time when you oversleep your alarm, you wait for the toddler’s squawk and…nothing? It’s bad enough that she’s playing in toilet water–how did she get out […]

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