Cat Bowen

Cat Bowen is a writer, actor, and mom who spent the majority of her twenties studying. After going through everything from politics to biology to nursing school, she finally found her one true love in the English Department. She can be found with her nose between the pages of a book, in the kitchen baking, running along the bay in Brooklyn, or coloring with her kids while trying to understand why she should be interested in youtube videos of people playing with modeling clay. She hates hot weather and talking about herself in the third person.

Here's What First Grade Teachers Really Want You To Ask On The First Day Of School

Dropping my daughter off for her first day of first grade was terrifying. Yes, she'd been through pre-K and kindergarten, but first grade just feels so real. She was excited and happy, and I was remembering my own stern first grade teacher who…
By Cat Bowen

The New Life-Sized Fingerlings Are Finally Here, & Your Kids Are Going To Love Them

If you remember last Christmas at all, you certainly remember the Fingerlings fever that seemed to sweep the nation's children. The small toys would coo and cuddle your finger, and just generally be adorable, while people were queuing up for the…
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Um, Gap's Back-To-School Sale Includes Buy 1, Get 50% Off Pretty Much *Everything*

I remember my first Gap t-shirt I got in the fifth grade. I was so proud of it. Finally, I was tall enough to wear grown-up sizes and could don the ever-so-trendy white pocket tee and high-waisted blue jeans. 25 years later, and here I am in a white…
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Here's How To Keep Your Pups Safe If You're In An Area Affected By Wildfires

Wildfires are raging across the country, and this is turning out to be yet another deadly season for the blazes. Anyone in the affected areas can feel the oppressive weight of the poor air quality looming over them like a dirty, decrepit blanket,…
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The Foods A Nutritionist *Refuses* To Pack In Her Kid's Lunch Actually Make Sense

I'll admit I'm a little bit obsessive over my kids' lunches — when I post them to Instagram. The rest of the time? I'm pretty laid back in my approach. As an example, yesterday, as I "packed" their lunch for summer camp, I went to the local Chinese…
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If Your Area Is Full Of Wildfires, Here's How To Keep That Smoke Out Of Your Home

Fire season in 2018 has been intense. My friends in California, Utah, and Oregon have been lamenting on social media about their fears that the fire might come too close, and also that the smoke and the air quality in the region is growing worse by…
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7 Foods To Eat While You're Breastfeeding, According To Old Wives' Tales

When I was breastfeeding my daughter, I must've heard and tried every remedy under the sun to improve my lagging supply. Some of them worked, some of them didn't, and some of them were just gross. However, I noticed that once I started asking for…
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10 Nursery Items Worth Buying, No Matter How Silly They Seem

Building a nursery is more work than you'd think — you end up doing a lot of research on every single item as you crosscheck those things with the Consumer Reports guide, what your friends bought, and probably some conspiracy theory crunchy websites…
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If You Skip Preschool, Here's How Science Says It Could Impact You Later In Life

I'll admit, I had a hard time signing my son up for preschool. My husband and I were in the process of determining what was at the root of his social issues, and he really struggled. We also debated whether we'd send him to private school or public;…
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Before Hiring A Pet Sitter, Here Are 6 Questions You Need To Ask Them

I am an animal lover. I have two cats that I love more than I probably should love since they either don't care that I exist or are plotting my early death, and I also have a precious ball of fluff, my Shih Tzu, who loves me more than I deserve.…
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6 Foods Old Wives' Tales Swear Will Relieve Your Unbearable Pregnancy Heartburn

There's a scorching pain in the back of your throat. As soon as you lie down, it spreads across your chest and into your mouth. It tastes of pennies and that time in college when you did one too many keg stands. Only now you're pregnant, you haven't…
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OK, So There's *A Lot* Happening To Your Kid's Brain When You Drop Them Off At School

Thank all the gods it's time for kids to go back to school. I love summer as much as the next person, but holy cow, I'm ready for my kids to have some real structure back in their day. (I also deeply value education, and adore watching them learn…
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3 Ways "Redshirting" Your Child Could Negatively Affect Them, According To Science

I grew up in Canton, Ohio. In my hometown, football is life and some parents will do anything to assure their children a spot on the high school team. Because of this, many parents choose to redshirt their kids in kindergarten, hoping they'll be…
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Here's The Best Time To See The Perseid Meteor Shower (Get Your Wishes Ready)

There are times when I am simply awestruck by the beauty of the galaxy and the wonders of this crazy place we inhabit. Whether it's the simple beauty of a flower or the wild spectacular other that is a falling star, I am regularly gobsmacked by the…
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Whoa — Target Has $5 Tees, $10 Jeans, & .50 Crayons (!!) In Their Back-To-School Sale

I am a diehard Target fanatic. I go so frequently that the security guard greets me by name. I would be embarrassed, but since it's just a few blocks from my house, I'm really not. Where else can you buy a cute new outfit for work, pencils for your…
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These Pregnancy Heartburn Memes Are *Painfully* Real

I tried everything to achieve some level of heartburn relief during my pregnancy to no avail. My hyperemesis combined with crappy genetics meant that I was essentially a fire-breathing dragon for nine months without the benefit of an asbestos…
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Dealing With Food Allergies At School Isn't Easy, But Here's How To Prepare Your Kid

When you're the parent of a child with food allergies, sending them to school is nerve-wracking, scary, and fraught with danger. When I sent my son to pre-K that first day, I felt like I was sending him into a minefield, where anything could go off…
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15 Book Quotes For Book Lovers Day That Will Send You To The Library

There is no such simple, luxurious joy as reading a book. Can you think of a more reliably wonderful pastime that's so immediately accessible to so many? Books allow us to explore worlds beyond our own without even leaving our rooms and now, thanks…
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7 Things A Day Care Teacher Wants Parents To Know About The First Day Of School

On my son's first day of day care, I was surprised at just how much was involved in the care and keeping of children. Allergies were managed, there was a potty schedule, cubbies were filled, and there were so.many.children. It was bedlam, and the…
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What Your Toddler's Zodiac Sign Says About Their Budding Social Life

I'm born on the cusp of Aries and Taurus. As far as my personality, I am definitely a combination of the two. On one hand, I'm competitive and excitable like an Aries. On the other hand, I'm pretty set in my ways and stubborn like a Taurean. As far…
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