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On Sunday morning, I am waiting for a photographer from The New York Post to arrive. I had recently been interviewed for an article about French vs. American parenting and they wanted a photo of me with my four very American children. Because I obsessively love The New York Post, I had to make this happen.

I just needed to take a shower, blow dry my thick mane of crazy hair, flat iron it down, put on make-up and then get all the kids dressed in presentable outfits with presentable hair.

By 9 am.

No problem.

Except 5-year-old Summer is shouting about definitely NOT wanting to be on camera.

And Dylan and Summer are outraged because they like to wear their pajamas for as long as possible on the weekends and 9 am is totally not as long as possible. They sob to showcase their complete devastation over the situation.

And then cry some more because I am making them wear dresses. “Dresses?!” they screech. “During pajama time?!!”

And Rick has the flu. And can’t move.

So at 7:15 am, I send a text to my dad that promises him a ritzy retirement home someday if he would PLEASE get over to my house and help me. He demands the home be on water front property and then agrees to show up at 8 am.

And somehow (screaming is definitely involved), we get it all together…

 Courtesy of Rahav ‘Iggy’ Segev

To see more photos from the shoot, click here.

To read Sara Stewart’s New York Post article, Be a Mom Like Moi!, click here.

And then Jen Doll of The Atlantic Wire tackled this topic too. And picked up one of my quotes from The New York Post….

Yes! Yes! I’ll write about a book about that. It will be entitled, Screw the French. How I Raised My Four Kids 70’s Style. On Tab and Love Boat reruns.

Details of the book tour coming soon.

24 Responses to the new york post photo shoot and my imaginary book deal

  • Leigh Ann says:

    Every time I’m scrambling to get my 3 this and that whatever meal, I always recall the excerpt about instant gratification. But…there’s more of them than there are of me. I’m scared.

  • Sarah Maizes says:

    That’s quite genius actually. I plan on writing “Why Jewish Mothers (and their sons) are Superior: How to raise athletically challenged mama’s boys.”

  • OMG what time did you have to get up to look so amazing AND get all four kids dressed and looking cute? Usually it’s one or the other for me – if I’m dressed and ready they’re in PJs and if I get them dressed I’m sans make-up and my hair is a mess.

    Too cute!

  • Meg D says:

    LOVED seeing you and the kids in The Post and couldn’t wait to read more about it. You never disappoint! This blog is my reward for cleaning out my inbox…

  • Steph says:

    yes, I concur. please write a book in your spare time:) the photo shoot pix are gorgeous. you look beautiful and quite calm in the eye of the storm.

  • Brandice says:

    Always a crack up! I once told my five-year-old son to forget me stopping for a drink (we were on the freeway) and to just wait until we got home….. he took off his shoe and threw it at me. And of course I responded with “do you want me to pull this car over and spank you?” Classic parenting moments. I can’t wait for that boy to have a son of his own – just like him! 🙂

  • erinb says:

    oh that picture says it all :-} smile through the chaos! you look way too fabulous for 9am…i am jealous!! PS great article!

  • I think you would do a world of good to neurotic moms like myself if you validated us in not bringing a supply of snacks and drinks and toys and books and cds every time we left the house.

    Also, you look fantastic!!

  • Can I be your co-co-writer? Oh, how I loved that quote! It makes me think of the time my sister was sent to the nurse’s office with chicken pox and the nurse said she was going to call our mother. My 9-year old sister said, “You can’t call my mother. I’m not supposed to call her unless my fever is 106 or I have a bone sticking out.” Now THAT’S parenting!

  • Jill Sherman says:

    LOVED the part about promising your dad a vaca house Kelcey!!! You are the best. The kids looked great and you looked Marvelous!!!!

  • Marta says:

    Ooo I totally would buy this book. Though I don’t drink tab. or watch love boat. BUT I totally believe in the gold old days of letting kids fall down and get into stuff. How else are they going to learn if we keep them in padded rooms with helmets on!!

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