First day, First grade

I don’t have any idea how this happened. But today was the first day of first grade. We talked it through plenty of times, and though I think there were nerves under the surface, the kids showed no hesitation whatsoever ....more

How we spent our summer vacation

So, then I apparently took the summer off from blogging? Here’s the short version of what we’ve been up to: Not one, but two trips to Chicago to visit my family. Three of the four flights were just me and the kids ....more

Happy Father’s Day

I can’t mess with tradition, can I? (See years 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) ...more

Farewell, Montessori

It wasn’t just the last day of Kindergarten, today. It was our last day of Montessori. Last day of three years at this delightful little school where my kids learned to read and write and multiply and make friends. I’m sorry. Wasn’t this YESTERDAY? ...more

Mini Me

As my kids get older, it’s funny and fascinating and strange to see whose personality traits they pick up. Rebecca, in particular, reminds me an awful lot of myself. She hasn’t worn a pair of jeans in over a year, claiming they’re too uncomfortable. I went through the same phase as a kid. She’s quite capable and bright in school, but would rather do the same tasks over and over again, and gets anxious with new things because she REALLY ...more

Sign ‘em up

Sunday afternoon, I took the kids to a classmate’s birthday party. I was chatting with some of the other moms when someone asked where my kids would go for first grade next year, since they have only a month left in the final year of their Montessori program ....more

Boston, you’re my home


C’mon, get hungry

Welcome back to “101 things you never wanted to know about feeding therapy!” We were stagnant for a while, in the feeding sphere. No real improvement in skills or interest. Not uncommon in the brutally slow world of teaching a kid how to eat, but frustrating nonetheless. We were due for a breakthrough, but how to get it? ...more

April Goal – Get my Mojo Back

Hey, guess what? I’m not dead! I just… didn’t touch my sewing machine for a full month. There was nothing gradual about the loss of mojo. I was cranking along, super-productive, and then suddenly dropped off the face of the earth. The reasons aren’t important – plenty of personal things, big and small, good and bad, that completely knocked me off my game and had me kind of curling in on myself for a few weeks ....more

She’s asking for it

The first time I had toddlers, one of the things I was always hearing people obsess over was potty training “readiness.” I wasn’t wringing my hands over it quite as much as some people I knew, but still, it was a big topic of conversation in the parents-of-two-year-olds set. Dry diapers in the morning, a certain body awareness, probably even some particular arrangement of tea leaves were all cited as being “ready” for potty training ....more