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Mothers Who Drink — the New Normal

Published by Wednesday Martin
Plenty of mommies drink. Some of us drink an endless “glass of wine” starting at 5 pm….
Plenty of mommies drink. Some of us drink an endless “glass of wine” starting at 5 pm….

A girlfriend with kids the same age as mine texted me the other day. "Call me so we can have a drink," she suggested. She meant, call me so we can chat on the phone while we have a glass of wine. Because it was 5:30 and because like most of the women with children we know, we're mothers who drink.


The Men Who Never Evolved — Wendy Davis's Fillibuster

Published by Wednesday Martin
Bi-pedal, semi-continuously sexually receptive female primate and keen maternal strategist Wendy Davis surrounded by high-ranking male primates
Bi-pedal, semi-continuously sexually receptive female primate and keen maternal strategist Wendy Davis surrounded by high-ranking male primates

Primatologists would take the long view of Wendy Davis's Texas filibuster.


The World's Best Dads....

Published by Wednesday Martin
Aka dads are highly involved in childcare. They even “nurse” their babies!
Aka dads are highly involved in childcare. They even “nurse” their babies!

If you look to the Aka people, foragers of Central Congo, the bar is pretty high on Father's Day. The Aka are known among anthropologists as "the best fathers in the world." During his fieldwork among the Aka, anthropologist Barry Hewlett learned that Aka dads are highly involved with their children:


Summer Camp packing lists to make you insane

Published by Wednesday Martin
Packing the kids for camp can make a grown man or woman cry…..
Packing the kids for camp can make a grown man or woman cry…..

If you are a Manhattan parent (or parent anywhere) sending your child to summer camp, you have probably received about 393 emails telling you what/how to pack for/with your child/camper. The upshot is....you're doing it wrong! I wrote about it for ohio edit, where I have a new column! Hope you will have a look and leave a comment.


Mommynomics 101: If Privileged Manhattan Moms are Lazy, I'm Missing Something

Published by Wednesday Martin
In the cultural imagination, wealthy Manhattan mom = Marie Antoinette
In the cultural imagination, wealthy Manhattan mom = Marie Antoinette

In a recent article for the New York Observer, Richard Kirshenbaum wrote about Upper East Side parents "outsourcing" their parenting duties — to their drivers. It's an amusing and insightful piece that follows on the heels of Tara Palmeri's New York Post piece about moms (and dads, c'mon!) who send nannies to do school volunteer work in their stead. Nannies acting as crossing guards and bringing school snack are rubbing many the wrong way.


Season Opener — the Hamptons

Published by Wednesday Martin
Manhattan habitus, summer months
Manhattan habitus, summer months

The annual great migration is under way. The parking lot at King Kullen at Bridgehampton Commons is crammed to capacity and good luck finding a table at LT Burger in Sag Harbor village. Hope you signed up in advance for your Physique 57 class in the Barn this weekend. Soon there will be women out for the season with their kids, and husbands going back and forth, a bizarre, inside — out reprise of immigrant husbands toiling in Manhattan and sending money back to the old country at the turn of the last century.


Disney Guide Reveal Hits a Nerve — but It's Just One Example of Many

Published by Wednesday Martin
I am interested in primate social behavior — particularly parenting practices–in Manhattan
I am interested in primate social behavior — particularly parenting practices–in Manhattan

During my research for my book-in-progress, Primates of Park Avenue: an Anthropological Memoir of Uptown Motherhood, I discovered a startling practice among the privileged parents of Manhattan I am interviewing and observing for my ethnographic look at raising children in one of the wealthiest areas of the country, the Upper East Side.