Pragmatic Mom

February 2, 2010

Welcome to Pragmatic Mom!

I’m a mom with three kids, ages 10, 7 and 5  and I live in a suburb outside of Boston.  I’ve been a full-time bread-winner (with my first child — my husband stayed home with her), a stay-at-home mom (with my second child because my husband said that if he had to stay home with two kids he’d be forced to leave us), and a part-time, outside-the- home wage earner/stay-at-home mom (just recently and coinciding with my third child’s 4 hour day at preschool).

Over the years, I’ve found that I wished I’ve saved all the mom advice I have either learned from mom friends or learned the hard way.  Now, I’m documenting it in hopes that it will be useful to you.  Topics include:  Best Investment Toys, Favorite Picture Books You’ve Never Heard Of, Favorite Books for Reluctant Boy Readers, Easy Dinners,  Getting Rid of Lice, Short List of Baby Equipment, Supplemental Education Tools for Phonics and Math, Birthday Presents for Around $20, and How to Set up a Book Club for your kids.

I blog everyday, more or less.  My blog is a virtual scrapbook for the all clippings and pieces of information that I used to save or try to remember.  My house is much cleaner as is my email box now that I can transfer and organize my “stuff.”   The topics I cover range from parenting to supplemental home education workbooks to learning foreign languages to cooking.   This clearing of paper is good feng shui for my house!

I am especially interested in children’s literature.  This is a return to my childhood when I was a professional geek and read every fiction and biography book  in my elementary school library.  True story:  I got called out of class one day because the school librarian said that I had checked out thirty books and my limit was two.  Well…I did read them all and sadly, not all of them were good.  It’s been a real pleasure for me to read children’s literature now, 30 years later than my elementary school experience.  What a lot of amazing books have been written since then!  I am eager to share these plus old favorites as well as other topics that I grapple with or catch my attention.  I usually read every book that I list and it sometimes takes me a day or two to read each book so if you are interested in the book lists, I do frequently add as I discover new books.  My opinion of what age the book is appropriate for, is just that, my humble opinion, but I also do consult book lists from libraries both to find new books and to place the books into age slots.  It’s especially tricky to place 4 & 5th grade versus middle school because it is a content call.

Any of the items pictured can be purchased on Amazon by clicking on the image.  Please let me know if there are other topics of interest to you and please share your advice!   You can email me at

Together, we can get through the ups and downs of parenting.  Thank you for visiting my blog!


  1. I never threatened to leave you if I had to stay at home with two kids!! I just said I may never come back – big difference! 🙂

    Comment by the love of your life — January 6, 2010 @ 6:20 pm | Reply

  2. Love the blog! I think you and I have a similar love of children’s lit. Might I suggest “The Dark is Rising” series by Susan Cooper. Lots of Aurthurian lore mixed in with the mysterious plots. I really enjoyed all the tidbits of information you have here. Keep it up!

    Comment by Erin — January 19, 2010 @ 12:28 am | Reply

    • hi yamsey, i have been meaning to add your book to my blog and realized that i didn’t know: 1) what age group do you recommend this series to? 2) for reluctant boy readers in particular? thanks so much! i can’t wait to read them! mia Mia Wenjen AQUENT Voted “Top 100 Places to Work in Boston,” 2008 by The Boston Globe


      Comment by pragmaticmom — January 21, 2010 @ 9:22 am | Reply

  3. for a controversial and volatile read about a family that is the direct opposite of yours, please consider the true novel Euclid Avenue Our scars mean something. the press release can be seen at excerpts can be viewed in the photo album on facebook-R Keith Rytaran. the book is available through amazon, barnes & noble, books & co, books-a-million, borders and select hallmark book stores. now also available in the UK, New Zealand, Australia and India. for the purpose of review, the book is also available upon request.

    Comment by r keith rytaran — February 1, 2010 @ 12:20 pm | Reply

  4. Thanks for all the input about reluctant boy readers…my son is definitely one!

    Comment by Jennifer W — February 3, 2010 @ 1:20 pm | Reply

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