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Book Review: Courageous Parents, Confident Kids

April 12, 2010
Courageous Parents, Confident Kids

I am going to buy a copy of this book. This is ridiculous, right? I haven’t bought a book – other than Your Money, The Missing Manual, which features an interview with me – in years. I buy nothing new. I put all my dollars into debt repayment. I have an electronic copy of this [...]

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Washing the Floors, Cinderella Style

March 22, 2010

The kids and I spent Friday afternoon washing the kitchen together in our bathing suits. Well, they were in their bathing suits. I’m a delicate flower and wore jeans and a long-sleeve T-shirt and a sweater and wool socks and a bemused expression. I’ve washed my floor with a wide variety of mops and gadgets, [...]

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Endless Snacks

March 4, 2010

Ever since I wrote that article for Strollerderby about how it’s Snack Time All The Time for America’s kids, I’ve been seeing snacks everywhere. I thought, before that, that my own kids were not big snackers. We have two set “snacktimes” a day, at mid-morning and mid-afternoon. The kids usually get slices of fruit and [...]

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Why I Quit Everything

March 2, 2010

Last September, when my five-year-old started kindergarten, she also went to swimming lessons twice a week, gymnastics class once  a week, music class on Saturday mornings, and a weekly play group at the community growing center. My toddler had a lighter schedule, comprised of only swim lessons and a weekly playdate at the library. I [...]

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This Will Help

February 26, 2010

Remember that awful feeling of pressure in your eardrums going up or coming down in a plane as a kid? On our trip home the other day, Rio described it as being “like knives in my ears”. I suddenly had this intense sense memory of that exact feeling. Awful. Maybe my least favorite part of [...]

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Flu Shots

December 1, 2009

Took the girls to get their second H1N1 flu shot today. The first round was Serena’s first vaccine. I don’t vaccinate my babies till they’re two or three. My thinking about vaccines has been largely shaped by Vaccine, a fantastic book by journalist Arthur Allen. At almost 700 pages of intensely researched medical history and [...]

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Rio’s take on the marshmallow test

September 24, 2009

All this talk about the Marshmallow Test made me curious how my own kid would react. I’m too lazy to actually turn my kid into a lab rat, so I just put the question to her hypothetically after dinner one day. Me: What would you do if I took you into a room with only [...]

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MomsRising releases searchable database of safe products

September 20, 2009

MomsRising has released a searchable database of products you can check out to learn what contaminants or toxic chemicals are in your stuff – and your kids’ stuff. From carseats to designer handbags, they’ve got you covered. And they made this nifty widget to make it Super Easy to scare yourself with the knowledge. Get [...]

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Conversation at Goodwill

September 2, 2009

This happened right before we left for camp. The events are a few weeks old, but the sentiment remains – me On the way home from an afternoon playdate,  my five-year-old said she wanted to stop at Goodwill to buy a birthday gift for a friend. As we walked in, a woman approached me with [...]

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