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The Bridge from Summer to Fall

August 29, 2013

So we’re all home from Maine now, and catching our breath. It’s the last gasp of summer, with a foot already into fall. School starts next week for the little one, Parts & Crafts starts a week later for the older. I’m going back to my temp gig at Harvard next week, too. We’ll all [...]

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More on the Wonders of Quitting

March 26, 2010

My post on ‘Why I Quit Everything’ is featured on BlogHer today. I love BlogHer. I’m proud to be part of their publishing network, and thrilled that they’re sharing my writing with their readers. If you haven’t seen the new BlogHer site, go there right now. It’s a thing of beauty. If you came here [...]

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Better late than never, here are last week’s Links

March 8, 2010

I had a sudden attack of Playing Outside and Taking Long Naps over the weekend, so no posts. Here’s what I was up to last week: Working Parents Are Exhausted – Strollerderby – Almost 60 percent of middle-class households have both parents working outside the home. And we’re exhausted by it. Protecting Baby’s Hearing – [...]

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Naked Sex With Barbies

January 12, 2010

Awhile back, Rio wanted to go play at a friend’s house. Let’s call this friend X. I was lying in bed with the covers over my head pretending to be asleep while she negotiated this with her dad. He was trying to persuade her to have her friend over at our house instead of going [...]

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Bare Naked Daddy

November 23, 2009

There aren’t actually any naked Daddy’s in this post. This is ChildWild’s first ever guest post, writting by my much adored and long-suffering husband. The title is his, as is the tale. Reason #4769 why I married this man: after writing this, he came home and folded a pile of laundry the size of a [...]

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Learning her letters

November 2, 2009

Serena was running down the gallery above her sister’s swim class when she caught sight of something that stopped her cold: a plaster bust wearing a baseball cap. She walked around it very carefully. She got down on all fours to examine it from below. She pointed and looked meaningfully at her mama, who is [...]

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Rio’s Fried Apples For Friends

October 21, 2009

Rio came home today from picking up our farm share with an apple in her hand. “Mom!” she shouted. “I have an apple. My own apple from the farm. I am going to cut it up into small pieces and fry it and put cinnamon on it and we are going to eat it on [...]

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Pattern blocks

October 20, 2009

Serena and I are doing pattern blocks. She got them out and started putting the correct color block on the colored spaces to make a design. I continue to be amazed at how different her brain is from Rio’s. I think Rio was four when she figured out the pattern blocks. What surprised me a [...]

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The Secret Life of Kindergarten

September 23, 2009

In my recent Babble article, I described Rio’s kindergarten world as a secret from me, just as my writing time is in some ways secret from her. Since she doesn’t read yet, I’m fairly sure she did not read that article, and yet on her third day of school we had this conversation: “How was [...]

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Play-based education in action

September 16, 2009

Serena spent yesterday morning sitting on the floor playing with a baby toy she outgrew about a year ago. It’s a board with little movable colored pegs that you can push around a track. You’ve probably seen them in doctor’s offices. She played with it for a long time, humming to herself. Then she looked [...]

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