Archive / August 2016

August 25, 2016

Back to Back to School

For throwback Thursday I chose an old back-to-school post. Three years ago our worries were about back packs and showers. Now we wonder about social isolation. I am happy to report that Oliver now showers twice a week, Leo rarely manages mold colonies, and I never measure myself against mothers in the coffee shop. Probably because they are all working out while I am sitting on my butt. The slanted evening light comes through the plate glass of the classroom window. It lights up the half amused, Read more […]

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August 24, 2016

Navigating the waters without a charter

“I’m really surprised they don’t have a playground.” He tells me, eyebrows raised to meet blond bangs. I am not surprised. This is middle school and as far as I can remember all they need is a basketball court for the giant boy/men to throw good natured insults more rapidly than the ball, a cafeteria to host the “spot lights on me where should I put down this tray before I drop it” and the band room that one might use as a hiding place. Not that I know anything about that. Now that he can Read more […]

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August 23, 2016

Not even a little bit of hyperbole

Three nights before school we made a feeble attempt to shift bedtime. And by shift I mean re-introduce. But our grand efforts were thwarted by nose blowing. There are things my boys can’t do that amaze me. Watching Oliver talk on the phone is pure comedy until I remember the suffering that must be going on on the other end of the line. He holds the phone pinched between two fingers with the microphone pressed to his ear and the part that would actually allow him to hear his conversational partner Read more […]

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August 14, 2016

Five Easy Parenting Hacks

This post was previously published on In the Powder Room. Looking to save time? Looking to raise polite kids who can floss, problem-solve, and spell on their own? Looking to be the laziest parent you can possibly be? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then read on for five useful parenting hacks: 1. Take “uni-tasking” to task. Before anything enters your home, you should already have multiple uses for it in mind. Consider storing your Goldfish® crackers in a Read more […]

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August 11, 2016

Procrastination Concrastination

I am an expert on my own procrastination. When I can’t write essays I write about not writing. I am not alone in this. Somewhere in that sidebar over there is a little field that says “ask me anything.” It moves around a bit as one article or another tells me pinterest should be on top or social share buttons are most important but it is always there. I put it up there instead of the “contact me” form. I am notoriously terrible at listening to voice mails. But written questions I tend to answer. To Read more […]

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