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Jane Roper

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Jane Roper is the author of the memoir Double Time: How I Survived–and Mostly Thrived–Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins and blogger at Her writing has appeared on Babble, Salon, The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, and the upcoming anthology The Push: Birth Stories for the 21st Century. Jane lives in the Boston area with her husband and twin daughters.


Everything has Changed: a Long-Winded Goodbye

A little over a week ago, I was about to start on a big video project for one of my clients. I was putting the finishing touches on an essay summarizing the themes of my memoir, Double Time for another website. I was also planning to dive into work on a new novel. We had MORE »

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The Worst Blog Post Ever

Dear friends (because that is what so many of you have become to me, and to my family, over these last 5 years), This is the hardest blog post I’ve ever had to write, and I debated whether or not to write it at all. Partly because I didn’t know if it’s just too much MORE »

The "Make Way for Ducklings" Sculpture in the Public Garden

10 Cool Things to Do in the Boston Area with (Young) Kids this Summer

I freakin’ love Boston. I moved here after college 16 years ago, and have been here ever since, except for a couple of years in Iowa for grad school. (Go Hawkeyes!) Since our girls were born, I’ve discovered that it’s a great area for families, too. It’s amazing, the sheer variety of things there are MORE »


Being a Parent = Seventh Grade?

There’s a debate raging in the comment thread over on Toddler Times in response to Danielle Elwood’s confession that she loves using a child harness (or leash, if you prefer) for her toddler as a safety measure when she’s out and about with her three kids. It’s more or less what you’d expect, and goes MORE »

Me at camp, circa 1983. When it was totally cool to wear red pants and a yellow t-shirt.

A wax before summer camp? No way.

I spent the first 15 summers of my life at overnight kids’ camps in Maine. My parents had been long-time camp counselors before I was born, continued to be involved with camps during my childhood, and eventually owned and ran one of their own. I’ve been a staff brat, a camper, and a camp counselor. MORE »


Should I go under the knife?

A number of us Babble Voices blogger types have been talking about plastic surgery over the past week — our feelings about getting it, or not getting it, or other people getting it, or dogs getting it. (We all agree: dogs should not get plastic surgery! Unless it’s those really wrinkly dogs with the big MORE »

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Gut Punch: My Babies Are Going Kindergarten

About a month ago, I went — along with the girls — to the kindergarten open house, where we toured the classrooms and said hello to the kindergarten teachers at what will be their school in the Fall. It was a little overwhelming, but not a particularly emotional experience  (even though Clio was clearly a MORE »

Elsa's wish list for her solo trip to her grandparents' house

That Ever-Elusive One-on-One Time

It seriously is one of the biggest “I wish we could do more of it but how?”s of parenting, whether you’ve got twins or kids of different ages: How do you carve out time to spend with each kid separately, so you can focus fully on them, instead of dividing your attention between them and MORE »

Yes, we let them climb on the playhouse in the backyard unsupervised! Sue us.

When Is It OK to Abandon Your Kids?

OK, OK, not abandon them per se. (Jeez, Jane, way to write a provocative and misleading headline just to get people to read the post.) But at what age is it appropriate for them to leave the confines of your house or backyard unsupervised? Seven? Nine? Fourteen? As the fabulous Madeline Holler wrote about over MORE »

See how awesome I am, even in this ridiculous paper hat?

I am the world’s AWESOMEST mom

Yeah that’s right. You heard me. As of last night, I am such an awesome mom that Michelle Obama is going to start calling herself “Second Mom” instead of “First Mom.” So awesome that “Parenting” Magazine is going to change its name to “Jane Roper Magazine.” So amazingly incredibly awesome that the editors of TIME MORE »

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