It's been over a year since my last blog post. Any blog post that begins with an apology for how long it's been since the previous one is doomed, so--no apologies here. Just the facts, and no excuses. If I haven't been blogging, what have I been doing? In the past year, I: parented two … Continue reading Why I don’t write (here)
There’s a list out there of “Ten Ways to be the Worst Mother in the World” (I can’t find it, but trust me, it’s out there) but it’s a total lie, because I read it to my kids, and they said, “You do all those things and they make you a great mother.” They’re not … Continue reading The REAL way to be a bad parent
No, this has nothing to do with Terminator Genisys. But yes, it is a rehash of a familiar plot—not sending robots back in time, but my perpetual battle against my children and their “device time.” Why do I have to be the bad guy? Yeah, I’ve got something in common with Arnold, and I’m proud … Continue reading The Latest Fight Against the Machines
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
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?
We are a family of readers, so when my seven-year old daughter announced, “I just don’t like to read, Mama,” I didn’t know what to do. She’s in a year-round school, so for weeks I’d been struggling to get her interested in her obligatory “thirty minutes” of reading before bedtime. She was fine if I … Continue reading Blame the screen?
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
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
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
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