My nearly 4-year-old J has really been getting to me lately. God love him, he knows how to push my buttons. (Perhaps anyone’s buttons–because really, who likes being communicated with in a steady stream of whiiiINE?) I’ve found myself wishing, at times, that I had a different child. One less kinetic, less fiery. One less… Read More On being tipsy and resenting children and Eckhart Tolle
J’s most common response when baby C cries is to furl his brow, put his hands over his ears and start screaming himself. I started by trying to explain to J how it would actually be in his best interest to stay quiet, since his screaming would probably only make C cry more. That explanation… Read More On empathy, and how it helps me and my oldest son
Dear Mom of the kid who my kid just hit, kicked, pushed, scratched or grabbed, I’m sorry. It is horrifying to watch my child hurt another. It’s like putting on by best outfit, going out and trying to be the good person I know I am and suddenly having a surprise third arm lurch out… Read More From the mom of a kid who hits
We had a tragic accident at our house recently. Train engineers the size of wine corks (where is my mind?!) tend to escape my 1st pass of throw-various-toys-into-various-boxes-so-I-can-walk-on-level-ground-in-my-own-home. So J’s esteemed engineer was marooned on our floor, only to be crunched under one of our giant feet. It was a grisly injury to be sure,… Read More Feminism, pronouns and arts and crafts
Way back when, I posed this lament and request for good children’s picture books with girl and women main characters. Thanks to all of your amazing comments, I’ve had a hold-list a mile long at our library. We’ve been reading like fiends in these parts and have found some real stand-outs. Three books that stick… Read More Leading ladies in children’s picture books: Mrs. Armitage
For the past couple months, J has complained just about every time I take him to daycare. The minute I cheerfully tell him that it’s a school day he begins the “I don’t like my school” refrain. It can also express itself as “I don’t like my friends,” or the even more concerning “I’m scared… Read More My crisis of confidence with daycare, and the expert advice that helped.
I’ve been thinking about this photo for a long time. And this one too: Both were part of this NYT article that a friend recommended after reading my first video blog post. I loved the article for the counterpoint it offered to the “Don’t you just love every minute?” comments that people kept flinging at… Read More A photographic challenge: capture and share a less-than-perfect moment