Category Archives: Parenting

Swimming at Sunset

Not every night, but often enough, after dinner, we head to the beach. Some days the waves are big, and Seth is happy. He lives for riding the big ones. Some days the waves are gentle and Riley is happy. … Continue reading

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4100 Pages

We just finished the Harry Potter series. We started five years ago and have tackled one every summer, and some during the winters in between. I have read each of those 4100 pages out loud to my kids. The first … Continue reading

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The Business of Baby

The Business of Baby: What Doctors Don’t Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Before Their Bottom Line, by Jennifer Margulis. I will give this book to every newly pregnant woman … Continue reading

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Easter

Yesterday I was so flat out exhausted. Todd knew it and offered to take over morning routine today so I could sleep. We’re good that way. I think it is one of the reasons our marriage is strong. We intuit … Continue reading

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Before the Healing Service

On Sunday we went to a healing service with Dr. Issam Nemeh. I recently read the book Miracles Every Day and wanted to experience his prayer for our family in person. Earlier that morning, as we were getting ready, Seth … Continue reading

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Didees

My mom had twins in 1983 when I was 15. We used cloth diapers for a while. It was disgusting. It was the old rectangle of a diaper, safety pins, with rubber pants on top. They leaked. They stunk. You … Continue reading

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Lego Therapy

Our dining room table is perpetually covered in Lego. There is also a table in Seth’s room, and they often overflow the table and creep across his floor. There are several storage bins but the Lego can’t seem to stay … Continue reading

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Safety

Seth could not sleep last night. When he re-entered school this year after being homeschooled for two, the biggest stress for him was not the academic work, not the social aspects of making new friends, but the fire and lock … Continue reading

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Fred Rogers Talks About Tragic Events in the News

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” … Continue reading

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Thank you, that was three.

I love Seth’s teacher. Every morning the kids have a meeting, in which they sit in a circle and are given the opportunity to share. She picks the first kid, and the child shares something and then takes three questions … Continue reading

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Sometimes she just knocks my socks off

The other day, Riley wanted to talk to me about something personal and pressing for her. We had a nice chat, in which I shared some related things I’d experienced when I was her age. When we were done she … Continue reading

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Barbara Azzara,Teaching Excellence Not Perfection

A little background. Probably twenty years ago, my friend Anna mentioned something casually in conversation about Emmanuel’s Book: A Manual for Living Comfortably in the Cosmos. This was when I was living in the DC area. I filed it away in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Seth

He did it. He turned ten. He was the best baby. The most precious toddler. The sweetest preschool guy. He’s a joy. He’s a happy person. He is a light. He has more patience than any adult I know. He … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary

The first thing Seth said when I came downstairs this morning was, “It’s me and Yippee’s anniversary!” Two years ago today we surprised Seth with his Chihuahua. It was the happiest day of Seth’s life, and will go down in … Continue reading

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He’ll Always be my Baby

“Seth!” I yell from the kitchen. “What?” he yells back from the living room. “Is you is, or is you ain’t my baby?” He giggles from the living room. I get up and walk toward where he is. Standing in … Continue reading

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BPA FREE SEALANTS How one dentist’s arrogance sealed the deal

About a year ago, I had the kids at the dentist and she recommended sealants for Seth’s teeth. I told her I’d look into them. So of course I did my research and learned that some sealants have Bisphenol-A  (BPA) … Continue reading

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Random Snapshots

Friday, the alarm woke me up and I stumbled into the bathroom. Riley was already in there, brushing her teeth. I grabbed my toothbrush and joined her, me in boxer shorts and a white t-shirt. She in her pj’s. She … Continue reading

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Perfect

For Riley, who’s secretly been reading my blog on her iPod. And who sometimes feels sad that she can’t swim as well as other kids her age. And who sometimes wishes she never had autism. I love you. You are … Continue reading

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Open

So much has been going on. So much has not been going on. I’m in limbo. Last week Riley went to shadow for a day at a local special needs school. She was so excited. She had no qualms about … Continue reading

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Mr. O’Rourke, on Perfectionism

The guy in the yellow is Mr. O’Rourke, my friend Ann’s dad. Ann and I were roomies in college. We grew up near each other but didn’t know each other prior to being roommates. She is nice, and she has … Continue reading

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