May 6, 2014 | When my nephew was a toddler, he was determined to help his grandfather assemble his new ride-on toy. Of course, the small parts and tools were not child-friendly and the little boy was ...Read More »
"As I enter my first holiday spending spree that includes a little life-form to adorn with miniature things, I’m not quite sure how to feel about being stamped with the cutsey acronym. When I spoke to Melanie Notkin, a PANK herself and author of The Savvy Auntie: The Ultimate Guide For Cool Aunts, she gave me an even more specific (and more twee) label: I am a "Debutaunt," because this is my brother’s first child. (Other aunt varieties, according to Notkin, include the “Aunt by Choice” (a very close family friend) or the “Lesbiaunt” (self-explanatory), Notkin has built a business on advice for “the modern cosmopolitan aunt,” and at the SavvyAuntie.com, she recommends toys to buy, trips to take, and also offers parenting-adjacent tips (like why your niece or nephew needs a flu shot). My niece is a future “Fashionieceta,” Notkin reveals and reiterates that I can fill in as her key style role model during our “Qualauntie” time together..."
It's always a thrill to work with the team at NBC New York Weekend Today in NY. This time, I was asked to share gift giving tips for kids not-your-own. The segment had been clipped because of some bre...Read More »
Travel operators have a new target: unmarried women with money to spend on their nieces, nephews, or god-children. This demographic, nicknamed “PANKs” (Professional Aunt, No Kids), has potential especially in the US, argues a new report (pdf) on global tourism trends by Euromonitor...
A response to the August 12, 2013 Time magazine cover story: A Childfree Life.
First published in Huffington Post. Then in PsychologyToday.com. Now here....
Aashna, a single 43-year-old marketing ...Read More »
My first cover! Thank you GEM Magazine Long Island for featuring me on the cover of your summer issue!
To read the full story, go to http://www.gemmagazineli.com/ Or pick up your copy in Long Island...Read More »
On a snowy morning in Montreal, when I was four, not-quite-five, I was struggling to put on my big red rubber boots. My mother sat nearby and watched me, as I finally succeeded, enabling my independen...Read More »