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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.


Happy Mother's Day

Published by Wednesday Martin
photo courtesy of Katharine Moser
photo courtesy of Katharine Moser

Happy Mother's Day! This is a photo from the Church Rock archeological site in Shasta County, California, a site where the native Wintu people lived and performed various religious and cultural ceremonies. The vulva sculpture was part of a birth altar. Thanks to my  stepdaughter Katharine Moser, an archeologist in training, for this image.


What We're Doing — the Ring in New York

Published by Wednesday Martin
If you steal my cab and make me late for pilates I will kill you
If you steal my cab and make me late for pilates I will kill you

Have you ever done The Ring? Or considered it? You should. And not just because the Metropolitan Opera needs you. The Ring is mythic and epic, yes. But it's also about couples and families, parents and children, love and ambition and betrayal.


Interview on Stepfamily Central

Published by Wednesday Martin
Talking through stepfamily dynamics with Rachelle Katz...
Talking through stepfamily dynamics with Rachelle Katz...

Dr. Rachelle Katz has a new radio show on Stepfamily Central and I was lucky to be her first guest. We talked about the word "blended" and the need for public support for and a public education campaign about what stepfamilies are really like. Hope you will have a listen...


Happily Ever After...

Published by Wednesday Martin
Today and everyday. Especially if there are step/kids!
Today and everyday. Especially if there are step/kids!


Maybe. On Valentine's Day, remember one key to a successful repartnership with children: prioritizing and nurturing the couple bond. Remarriages or reparnterships with children are remarkably fragile and rates of divorce and dissolution are high. Child-centric parenting and step parenting doesn't help. Too often, couples with the best intentions focus on the happiness of the step/kids of any age to such an extent, they forget to pay attention to their own. Turn that dynamic around today and every day.