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Do your kids read?

I learned to read at a very young age. I taught myself to read, by first memorizing the books that my mother read to me, then learning to read the print that went along with the words, and then making … Continue reading

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Central Air: A Luxury or a Necessity?

This summer’s unusually hot weather has me constantly complaining about: the heat and humidity, my lack of central air conditioning, the noise and inefficiency of the window air conditioning units, and let’s not forget my frizzy hair. [And, uh, no. I feel no need to post a photo of said frizzy hair!]

All this complaining brings up the question: is Air Conditioning a necessity or is it a luxury?

My mother, who grew up in the city, describes sitting out on the sidewalk under a streetlamp playing cards until 10:00 in the evening, because it was just too hot to be inside. Air conditioning only started to become common in office buildings, stores, and public buildings in the 1960s. […] Continue reading

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Trade offs

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk?” –Albert Einstein My house is a mess. Seriously, it’s a total mess at the moment. There are boxes all over, clean laundry … Continue reading

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Siblings without rivalry?

I have confession to make: My kids fight with each other. A lot.

Two recent conversations with friends about their kids’ relentless arguing has me thinking about sibling rivalry. My father once described the job of a parent as part cheerleader, part teacher, part playmate, and part traffic cop — keeping the kids apart during the worst of the fighting.

If I hear one more person tell me, “my boys are each other’s best friends,” or, “my kids couldn’t bear to spend the summer apart,” I think it might send me to the looney bin. My kids, um, definitely not each other’s best friends.

But here the thing: I’m OK with that. […] Continue reading

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Family shorthand, and George Forman (huh?)

Wondering why there’s a photo of George Foreman? I promise, it’ll be clear if you keep reading. But this post really isn’t about Mr. Foreman. I read something by Real Delia the other day, and I’m still mulling it over. … Continue reading

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Is it terrible to watch a movie on a weeknight?

Last night we were all exhausted.  Monkey spent the day at “sports camp” where (according to her) they only sat down for lunch and snacks.  Pumpkin spent the morning volunteering at the SPARK Center, and those little kids really wore … Continue reading

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