Returning to pen and paper

I still use pen and paper for a lot of things: Shopping lists, stories for my other blog, notes at work and planning events. Since I went to college when laptops weren't a thing, it still feels more natural for me to take notes with pen and paper than by typing them. Also, I feel that I tend to remember things better if I write them down....more

Entering the Minecraft generation

"Is he ready for Minecraft yet?" That was a text from my sister-in-law shortly after my son's sixth birthday. I pushed her off with claims that he has enough screentime and that I wanted to wait a bit longer. I think the truth is that I wasn't ready for Minecraft yet....more

Is depression becoming inevitable?

It doesn't matter what you are doing as a parent, if you read enough studies you learn that you are parenting wrong. But it is easy to accept that you are wrong as a parent: You have, after all, a constant walking/talking reminder in your life that you are an unfair, mean person and that you are crushing all the joy out of life because you won't let someone play on his iPad and instead keep insisting that he brush his teeth. ...more

Mommy is not an octopus

When my son - usually in a fit of excitement - asks me to do too many things at once, I remind him that I am not an octopus. Although I can see the initial appeal of having eight arms for cooking dinner, dancing with him in the kitchen and going through the 5-7 leaflets in his school binder, I wonder if eight arms would actually be enough. Also: Would it really be eight arms? Or, are two of those arms actually considered legs, and it is really six arms and two appendages used for mobility?...more

Feeling a little ticklish

I am not ticklish....more

Preparing for disaster

My son is six. So clearly he needs to know everything about tectonic plate movements. I didn't know that six-year-olds were interested in tectonic plates, but apparently they are. In the past two weeks, I've had to find videos on how plate movements cause everything from mountain formations and earthquakes to how they once caused the Beringia land bridge to break apart....more

Maybe you won't have to nag your teen for a while

Last week I wrote about nagging your teen into being a safe driver. Maybe you won't need to worry about that after all. As it turns out, we have less teen drivers today than we've had in decades....more

Kissing in front of the kids

I have a rule in my household: You have to kiss me good-bye. I really don't like it when this rule is broken, but I accept that it happens. I enforce this rule with my son and my husband, and, no, I am not kidding about any of this. Kiss me good-bye. Always....more

Got full-fat milk?

I am a milk drinker. I am not sure why, but it sounds a little funny saying that as an adult. It's as if drinking milk is exclusive to little kids. But, I drink a glass at least once a day - not because I have to, but because I like it. I tend to stick to 2%, as I left my full-fat milk days long behind me....more

If you are going to nag your teen, nag them about this

My son really, really wants to start the car for me. He is equal parts excited and unsure in this request. But excitement quickly overrules everything when I say yes....more
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