Category Archives: Parenting

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there

Santa’s been here! He made it by about 11:20 PM, which isn’t quite a record in this house, but still leaves Dean and me plenty of time to stay up too late grading finals (him) or playing Scrabble online (me). … Continue reading

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Hazel demonstrates how to use a cell phone

Mabel’s really been wanting to get a phone, but Hazel beat her to it–using nothing but an empty kids’ crayon box from PF Chang, a skewer, paper, crayons, and tape. As you can see, Hazel knows exactly how to use … Continue reading

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And they’re off . . .

I don’t even want to say how much I spent yesterday on school supplies, fees, and school lunch accounts. (Instead I’ll just imply that it was a large amount.) It’s all worth it–even a bargain–but it sure feels like a … Continue reading

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With Rose, every story has a twist

I know this is by far not the first time I’ve said this, but: I really don’t want to let this little blog die its natural death. I just need to figure out how to migrate everything I post on … Continue reading

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Wherein I pretend “benign neglect” is my intentional parenting style

Hazel had found and cut out a Primary handout that had made its way into our box of scratch paper. It had tabs and fold lines to make it into a box. Hazel came to me asking where the glue … Continue reading

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It’s Auuuuuutumn Time

Somewhere I have a cassette recording of me as a little kid singing a church Primary song that repeats the words, “It’s autumn time, it’s autumn time,” with the note going up on the first syllable of “autumn time,” and … Continue reading

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A question of terminology

I woke up to this morning to the sound of Dean helping the kids get out their winter gear. Mabel told me, “Dad’s taking us sledding!” I called toward the other room. “Dean, Mabel has rehearsal at 10. And Isaac … Continue reading

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