Stretched: Spreading Myself Among the Kids

  Sometimes there just doesn’t seem to be enough of me to go around. Right from the day when I heard those fateful words, “Definitely two babies,” I knew that there would be tough times to come. Times when I just couldn’t give both children what they needed right when they needed it. Of course, since then I’ve doubled that problem, and now I am stretching my resources between four small people. Sometimes I have reinforcements, but often it is just me and them....more

It may not be the most glamorous job but you are right, it is an important job!

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The Idiot Box and Us: Decisions About TV

The nickname "idiot box" well describes how I feel TV and kids generally get along. You plonk a child in front of the TV and all you’ll get is a stagnant, vacant, dumbed down version of what was once an active, bright, spunky, individual. There are so many other, better, things kids could be doing. For a long time I’ve held the view that TV is not great for kids. I still hold that view, but lately I’ve been reassessing how TV works in our family. ...more

That's how we do it! I use TV when I need time to cook or get something done quickly. While ...more

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