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Why can’t you kids just do things my way?

Spending the day with my kids, I realized several things. Number one: I like them. This is not a new revalation by any means, but it’s always pleasant to be reminded. We took the bus into town today and visited the bustling Peabody Essex Museum (bonus, it’s totally free for Salem residents. I love this … Continue reading

Trick-or-treating

I’m quite ambivalent about Halloween. I don’t hate it. After all, what’s to hate about pumpkins and princesses and free candy? But neither do it I love it. What’s to love about roving gangs of middle schoolers, shrieking freedom at dusk in the streets, or five year old bloody Freddy Crougers? My own experience of … Continue reading

Encountering kindness

  Aesop had it right. No small act of kindness is ever wasted. Nor is any attempt to teach it. Wrestling with and overcoming our own desire for the self and choosing the other is no easy task. For a five year old (and those of us who feel or act five at times), sometimes … Continue reading

Along Came a Dog

I read the book Along Came a Dog, by  Meindert De Jong to my two children (we finished it tonight). I had never heard it, but at Plumfield Academy (which is an AWESOME Charlotte Mason school, and where my daughter goes several days a week), they were reading it as part of the literature curriculum, … Continue reading

Not to be sexist…

I observed the funniest interaction the other day. I was babysitting; the two seven year old girls were “playing ponies” (as in My Little Ponies, the cute girly kind) by themselves outside and the two boys (ages five and three) were playing with Transformers, or some other boyish toys in the bedroom. I like to … Continue reading

Powerful words

Have you seen the thing going around on Facebook (you know the thing that’s like the front of a greeting card usually with some funny or deep saying on it)? It reads: The way we talk to our kids becomes their inner voice. It gave me pause to read it. I’ve actually been thinking a … Continue reading

The King of Rocky Ithaca

Do you know who the King of Rocky Ithaca is? My 7 year old does (as does my 4 year old, though he gets fuzzy on some of the details).  We (and by “we” I mean my hubby, who holds an MA in Classics and teaches Latin and History) have been reading children’s versions of The … Continue reading

Feminist Mojo

My daughter who is 7 years old had this conversation with a friend the other day: Friend: Are you going to get married when you grow up? Daughter: Yeah. Are you? Friend: Yes. If you don’t have a husband, you can’t have kids. Because then you won’t have anyone to watch the baby when you … Continue reading

Three awesome book sites

Don’t you love the way you can lose yourself in a good book? I’m always on the hunt for what to read – for myself and for my kids. Here are three recent sites I have found useful in the quest for books, books and more books.  Flashlight Worthy This site has 432 lists of … Continue reading