Archive - February 2017

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Once Upon a Delivery Room
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Excuse Me, Please, Should I Teach My Kids Not to Interrupt?
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For the Love of Harry Potter
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The First 100 Days (of Homeschooling, That Is)

Once Upon a Delivery Room

  It was a dark and stormy night.  I was being a real handful, angrily quizzing my husband about exactly where the on-call anesthesiologist lived, and how long it would take him to get to the hospital to give me my epidural ALREADY!  And how much, to the minute, he would be slowed down by the nasty February weather. My poor husband. It really was a dark and stormy night.  When we tell our boys the story of their arrival, we get to indulge in a little drama.  It was well into the evening, and a nasty sleet-snow was falling…

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Excuse Me, Please, Should I Teach My Kids Not to Interrupt?

  I spin it in a positive light:  my kids interrupt because they want my husband’s and my attention.  As my kids are 10 and nearly 12, I know this desire to share with us is limited.  The problem is, it’s universally accepted that interrupting a conversation is rude.  My kids know that, but they’re kids.  Even though it can be exhausting to navigate, I’d rather my kids be verbal in their interruptions than be stealthy about it, as when they were toddlers.  I remember one particular instance when I was pregnant with my daughter and my one-and-a-half-year old twins…

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For the Love of Harry Potter

  Oh my gosh, it’s so good. I mean, really good. So good, in fact, I want to lock myself in the bedroom and ignore everything but the book until I finish it.  But then, what kind of mother would I be?  Can I argue that a good mother gets on board with her kids’ obsessions as long as she reminds them where the peanut butter is? No, of course not, but I’m coming to realize why my kids are totally taken with all things Harry Potter.  And J.K. Rowling herself.  My daughter, who did a report on this most-famous…

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The First 100 Days (of Homeschooling, That Is)

  Sometimes it’s hard to believe we’ve gotten this far.  At other times, it’s not.  Recently we reached a milestone:  100 days of homeschooling.  We fastened our seatbelts back in August and ready or not, we took our newfound motivation for a spin.  Map in hand, we had a pretty good idea where we wanted to go but no idea where we’d end up.  Sometimes the ride was smooth, sometimes the dips and turns were expected (math) and sometimes they were not (grammar).  But here we are.  100 days and not yet out of gas. Last fall I wrote an…

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