Tag Archives: parenting

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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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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I think I may have my hands full…

That little Monkey of mine…she’s quite something. At the barbecue/cookout this weekend, Monkey was playing foosball with a friend of mine. My friend described it like this: The game got kind of heated and I accidentally lifted the table a … Continue reading

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Oh crud, I don’t feel well.

Yuck!  I’m sick.  I hate being sick! Pumpkin leaves for camp in the morning.  He is excited to go, and be with his friends.  I’m happy for him, but I will miss him.  On the other hand, it is really … Continue reading

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What makes me happy? The people I love!

Just a few quick thoughts today, in the spirit of “1 sentence”: Monkey started basketball camp today.  Watching her confident and casual walk into the gym where the kids were shooting hoops — I was filled with happiness for her. … Continue reading

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