Blasts from the past

O.K., here is a Bad Mother confession:  I have not put any pictures of my kids in albums since #3 was brand new.  He is now 15.  There is a large box next to my desk full of picture envelopes, and it’s not the only box I have.  So I think I will turn a negative...

School's Out!

Yesterday was the last day of school.  So we welcomed in summer with our traditional last day treat:  a trip to the Fountain City Creamery Park Grille for ice cream cones. We followed this with a walk around Fountain City Lake, a.k.a. the Duck Pond.  I have to say,...
He's a Poet and We Know It

He's a Poet and We Know It

My oldest son, Jake, has had a challenging semester, to put it mildly.  Tomorrow is the last day of his Sophomore year, and boy are we glad!  He took his Chemistry exam today, and for extra credit, wrote the following poem–which demonstrates that his true...

Another guilty pleasure

I really dislike most children’s programming of the educational variety–it has a didactic tone that grates on me.  Every story may have a moral, but do we have to beat kids over the head with it?  And that’s why I love the Teletubbies.  I don’t...

Another reason my kids are so healthy

Dirt is good for you!  No, really, it is.  So now I can stop feeling guilty about Lorelei and William’s dust covered exteriors and dirty puppy dog aroma that they get from being outside just about every waking hour. Share this:TweetShare on...

No expert here

I am not a parenting expert.  I am not a parenting expert.  I am not a parenting expert.  I want to make sure that I make that perfectly clear!  It can be dangerous to be thought of as a parenting expert, because then you are expected to have perfect children.  Then...
The Little Black Boy

The Little Black Boy

Most of my classes my first year at Georgetown were part of the Liberal Arts Seminar, an interdisciplinary course taught by renowned professors of English, Theology, Philosophy, and History.  Our English professor, Wordsworth scholar Paul F. Betz, introduced us to...

Talking to Kids about Race

Update: I wrote this five years ago.  I think many of us hoped racism would die simply die out along with elderly racists.  What happened in Charleston makes it clear that racism persists even in the young.  So those of us who are parents have a responsibility to try...
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