Encouraging Good Book Choices: What Is Your Kid Reading?

In our house, children’s books come and go at a brisk pace. Brought in by the pound from our son’s school library, they get read and shipped back via his backpack in a matter of days. He reads a lot. I should be proud. But what kind of books is he reading? And, given how quickly he gets through them, how much intellectual value does he get out of the process?...more
@JillianMak And this is exactly what I find problematic in our approach to cultivating a love ... more

Encouraging Good Book Choices: What Is Your Kid Reading?

In our house, children’s books come and go at a brisk pace. Brought in by the pound from our son’s school library, they get read and shipped back via his backpack in a matter of days. He reads a lot. I should be proud. But what kind of books is he reading? And, given how quickly he gets through them, how much intellectual value does he get out of the process?...more
@Jane Byers Goodwin I disagree that questioning how an author's point applies to life is "crap". ... more

Helping Our Kids Design Their Futures

“Mommy is half of so many things!” interrupted my son as I chatted with someone I've just met. Obviously, the question was, “So, what do you do?” My conversation partner, smitten by my kid’s social skills, forgot to raise an eyebrow. The topic quickly turned to: “Oh, what a great boy you've got!” “Thank you, my sweet child,” I thought, “now I don’t need to describe my complicated career choices to someone who might have preferred a simple one word answer." I studied architecture in college and worked as a designer for several years....more
@Lisa Thomson What a great point, Lisa! Thanks so much for reading. more

Can Parents Measure Love? Should They?

Being a mother of two I’m often baffled by the following question: “Do you love one kid more than the other?” I confess that when I had less “loves” under my belt, I’d often posed this question to other moms. Now I know how hard it must have been for them to come up with an answer! Wondering if I can love one more than the other implies that there is a measure by which we can determine the size of love. And if you can measure love then maybe you can reach its end?...more
@bethanymeyer Bethany, you said it so well: "favorites at different times for different ... more

Can Parents Measure Love? Should They?

Being a mother of two I’m often baffled by the following question: “Do you love one kid more than the other?” I confess that when I had less “loves” under my belt, I’d often posed this question to other moms. Now I know how hard it must have been for them to come up with an answer! Wondering if I can love one more than the other implies that there is a measure by which we can determine the size of love. And if you can measure love then maybe you can reach its end?...more
@Darcie I have that book!!!! And the concert we went to in New York was so good. He was getting ... more

Homework Battles: Handwriting Is Important

Homework woes are different for everyone. Some children struggle with the material or with needing to focus after a long day at school. Yet others, as in our case, have a hard time giving the work they are doing proper respect. “All finished, mom!” My little underachiever skips into the kitchen wearing his I’m-done-with-tasks-and-am-ready-to-play face. I’m weary. Dragging my feet to his desk, I secretly hope that he is, indeed, all finished. Because I actually do wish that he could just play and that I had uninterrupted time to write. But life isn’t that simple....more
@NinaBadzin This is something we've not tried.  Heading over to the store to get some gel pens ... more

School Happens: Other Homeschool Moms Make Me Feel Bad

Here's the thing: I read other homeschool blogs and moms are smiling as they let their children lead the way through the grace of an "unschooled" environment. Johnny is off writing his own book about rocket science and Mary is learning to be a fashion designer as she sews her life away. They don't need math or regular structured learning because they're so damn smart already that books are pretty much a waste of time. That's so NOT what things look like here. I wonder, am I alone in this?...more
I've certainly wondered about homeschooling my kids. But, in the end, and in fear of exactly ... more

Break Out of the Pizza Box

Recently a friend said to me with frustration in her voice: “Where is it written, that pizza and cake is what we should serve our kids at a birthday party?” Considering the fact that was the menu at the last kid’s birthday party I hosted, I had to search hard for an appropriate response. And, mentioning that in addition to the cake I offered an optional cupcake followed by a goody bag with candy, was not the way to go. I felt guilty. I know the difference between healthy and unhealthy food. “Why don’t my actions always reflect that?” I wondered....more
@Darcie Darcie, Thank you for sharing your thoughts!    I'm glad to hear that your school ... more