We Are On Our Way There (1)

(Continues from “Three Days”) After the first frost, Jo spreads straw over the strawberry bed and I clear collapsed morning glory vines from the front of our house. I eat the last three blackberries while circling our garlic beds, already safe under straw. Jo starts up the woodstove for the first time this season and I make a sweet tomato sauce with garlic and onions, cumin and curry, cayenne, cinnamon, and the last of our harvest. Stirring the red pot, I glance out the window. Bright leaves dance their last stunning, spiraling dance to the ground....more

Making the House Rules: A Family Meeting

Law-Making Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made....more

How to Lay Down the Law: Tips for Making House Rules

Sticking To It While I'm a list-maker, I tend to make too many lists, revise lists and sometimes scrap the whole list. I'm not at all a person who sticks to a routine or schedule. Instead, I flit and float from this to that. These are more reasons {in addition to the reasons in yesterday's post} why I have been hesitant about making House Laws for our family; I'm worried that I won't think to enforce them and I, myself, won't follow them. ...more

Laying Down the Law: House Rules

Follower of the Law In general, I follow laws....more

Autism Awareness? “House Rules” Provides Insights and Provokes a Mother's Fears

A friend asked whether “House Rules” by Jody Picoult reflects my family’s experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Picoult not only illuminated some of my life, she also roused a latent fear about what would happen if my adult son encountered the criminal justice system....more

Is TV the Other Mother in Your House?

Are there specific rules set up for TV watching in your house? While I try and limit the amount of TV my kids watch, it surprised me to find out that its not as easy as simply pushing the power button. Once the decision was made to drastically cut back on tube time, several other factors surfaced once the screen went black....more

Giving your child clear rules.

When no means maybe later....more

Book Review - House Rules by Jodi Picoult

House Rules by Jodi Picoult About twenty times a day I think, “If I only I knew then what I know now.”  For example, today I thought: ...more

The Border State Rule

When I was growing up, my Dad had a rule in our house, when you move away after college; you have to live outside a 500-mile radius of home.  OK…don’t ask, but I will say that when I eventually did move away from home, I did manage to move just outside the 500-mile radius.  The funny thing was, as soon as I did, Daddy asked me when I was going to move home.  So much for house rules....more