Summer reading fun, device-free

We work hard around here to protect our reading time. It isn't easy--those long summer days are great for swimming, bouncing on the trampoline, and once school ends, there's the biggest temptation of all: Device time. When my son turned eight, he earned himself the right to an iPad mini by being a voracious reader … Continue reading Summer reading fun, device-free

The Common Core— Is it a plot by evil bureaucrats to make our kids stupid?

Yesterday I asked the director of my children’s elementary school this question. He surprised me by not laughing or scoffing as I expected. “No,” he said simply, quite seriously. “But there are people who don’t like it.” That’s why I like him. He has a gift for understatement. I stumbled into the quagmire that is … Continue reading The Common Core— Is it a plot by evil bureaucrats to make our kids stupid?

On Encouragement

Fine Feathers is a blog about “An aspiring writer’s journey.” This writer’s journey began with an unexpected illness—chronic migraines—and the loss of a medical career. It has included a mostly silent battle with daily headaches, which has engendered great sympathy for the plight of other patients dealing with the frustrations of medical care. It has … Continue reading On Encouragement

My eight-year old’s favorite books

I have an avid reader. He is also a reluctant reader. How can he be both? This is how my son gets into a book:"Son, what are you reading right now?""Nothing.""Why don't you try...."A. The 39 CluesB. How To Train Your DragonC. The Mysterious Benedict SocietyD. Etc."No, thank you.""No, really. Pick one."Whereupon, he will. And … Continue reading My eight-year old’s favorite books

A Writer’s and Parent’s Guide to Surviving December

1. Bake cookies. Not too many. Eat them. 2. Clean house. Decorate house. Watch kids (and cats) play with, mess up, and destroy decorations. Decorate a little more. 3. Protect your writing and “me” time at all costs. Throw this out the window in order to buy and wrap presents. Use the month to “dwell” … Continue reading A Writer’s and Parent’s Guide to Surviving December

Mornings, the Hands-Free Mama way

Hands-Free Mama is a blog by Rachel Macy Stafford about parenting with attention and grace. Every time I read it, I feel a bit inspired, and a bit inadequate. Her blog is often about slowing down to take life at a child’s pace. Watching the world through your children’s eyes. Realizing every child is also … Continue reading Mornings, the Hands-Free Mama way