Kara Baskin

Of the many responses that cropped up in regard to the infamous Time mag article “Are You Mom Enough?”, one of our favorites came from Kara Baskin, resident parenting and career blogger for Boston.com, the Boston Globe’s website. Kara also contributes to Grub Street Boston and has written for The New Republic. She is a sassy mama who embarces the spice of life and we adore her. Her Boston.com response to Time mag, “Am I Mom Enough?”, to the Time mag piece spread like wildfire around the Internet. It is a wonderful reminder that being a mama means different things to each of us, but that the hopes we should hold most dear for our children are the daily challenges and moments of love, courage and honesty that make it all worth while.

What was the first thing that made you smile today?

Waking up and looking at the clock — it was 8:40. Had Andy he escaped his crib and gone to the TV to watch soap operas? Was he waiting for me with eggs benedict?

Who is a mama that inspires you? (Living or dead, real or fictional)

I can’t think of anyone in particular, but I am inspired by parents who are candid, down-to-earth, funny, and take the little things with a grain of salt.

What is the one extravagance you view as a necessity?

A housecleaner. My grandmother would probably be rolling in her grave, but our house would be condemned by the board of health otherwise.

What cause is close to your heart?

Any organization that helps spread awareness about anxiety and panic disorders, specifically the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. I’d also like to become more involved with the American Lung Association–my grandfather died of lung cancer, having not smoked, and it’s a silent killer.

Which talent (real or imaginary) would you most like to have?

Time travel! I’d love to be a lady of leisure in the swinging sixties. I’d sport an a-line tunic, fake eyelashes, and hold an ever-present martini as an accessory. My nails would be PERFECT, too.

What is your favorite thing to do with three hours to yourself?

Drive to H Mart, an Asian market near our house. Feast on some kind of spicy noodle creation, then get a massage. Then come home and stalk people on Pinterest and Facebook for awhile.

What day-to-day achievement gives you renewed energy and enthusiasm?

Just staying grounded and hopefully sane.

If you were a food or beverage, what would you be?

Sriracha! Spicy, tangy, with a little kick–and totally indispensable.

If the day had an extra hour in it, and you could not spend it catching up or doing required tasks, what would you do?

I’d learn a new skill — photography, painting, yoga.

What family tradition do you look forward to most?

Dim sum brunch on Sunday mornings. (Do you notice that my answers tend to revolve around food?)

What is your most favorite holiday and tradition?

I love watching It’s A Wonderful Life at Christmas. Makes me cry every time, especially the line “To George Bailey, the richest man in town.”

What is one thing you say to your kids that your mama never said?

“No more Yo Gabba Gabba!” Sadly, that show was not around when I was a tot.

What was the funniest thing your kid did or said yesterday?

Andy’s new thing is saying “Oh, hey, Mumma” in a throaty tough-guy voice, like I’m just some chick he met on the way home from a bar.

What is one thing that you consider yourself ridiculously good at?

Persuasive writing, whether it’s a cover letter or an email or a conversation. Give me 5 minutes to coach you, and you will get your way!

Where in the world would you most like to spend a week with your family?

I’d love to visit Hong Kong for a dim sum extravaganza.

What is your motto?

Not a motto, but a quote that I think of from time to time that makes me smile: “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant that I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

Who would star in the movie of your life?

Jacqueline Susann! Or Bette Midler. Someone sassy, busty, and endlessly charming!! Why doesn’t Hollywood have more of those people?

What do you love most about being a mom?

Unsolicited hugs. The sound of “Mumma!” coming from Andy’s little throat.

What do you and your partner do to reconnect?

GChat. Some of our best conversations have occurred there lately.

What is the single most brilliant invention (gadget, product) that makes your life as a mama easier?

The humble coffeemaker.

What is the one strategy that keeps your family moving right along on a day-to-day basis?

A sense of humor combined with selective deafness.

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