Catherine Flattmann

Writing and taking pictures. Raising four kids and a big dog in Westchester County, New York.


Be embarrassed.

Not everyone saves for college. But maybe they should. 


It’s spring, that special time of year after April tax deadlines and before June…


Gym Rules.

So, you’re ready to go back to the gym? Protect your towel.


Maybe you are ready to start going to the gym again. I started going to the gym a few months ago. I’d get onto an elliptical and push the “Start now, just start exercising, no one cares what numbers you do” button. Then I’d push the arrows until the calorie meter efficiently ticked away at 10…


10 Things About The Teenagers Who Would Have Bought You A Card, But, You Know, They Forgot.

Also, You Didn’t Remind Them. In Other Words, It’s Your Fault.


1. Your kids turn into teenagers when you aren’t looking. One day, you have a perfectly acceptable fifteen-year old who, on a regular day, gets up, eats breakfast, and gets to the bus on time…


Morton’s Toe

Your kid is just like you, just not the way you expected him to be. 


In September, I took my 11 year old to the pediatrician’s for a checkup. We should have gone a few months earlier, but our health insurance charges us if a kid gets a physical less than 365 days after the last one. Over the years, the regularly-scheduled camp physical in June had…


Legacy of a Terrible Cook


My mother was a terrible cook. There, I said it. Not everyone can cook. Mom was never even particularly hungry. We would be doing homework at the kitchen table, and…


Scissors, Paper, Tape

Organizational gurus make it sound easy, but cleaning the office sucks


Welcome to my office. I am cleaning it. Out? Up?


Cars, Boats, and Power Tools

Happy Fathers Day


I have the kind of dad you don’t ask for advice. He could only give you the advice you didn’t want. He’s an engineer. He can think of all the things that can go wrong with your future plans. He will tell you them.

He is, however, the kind of dad you want to have around when things don’t go according to…


Be embarrassed.

Not everyone saves for college. But maybe they should. 


It’s spring, that special time of year after April tax deadlines and before June…