Category: Parenting

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Day 308/365 Are You REALLY Okay?

Once, when I was twenty-two, I was duct taped to a board for several hours. [I thought that might get your attention.] Okay fine, I am sure it wasn’t actually duct tape…coulda been some kind of a strap, I suppose….and maybe it was actually some kind of spinal board EMT’s use. It probably wasn’t a couple of hours, either, but it sure felt that … Read More Day 308/365 Are You REALLY Okay?

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Day 296/365 Can You Still Hold Me?

“Pick me up,” said my soon to be nine year old daughter. She looked up at me and smiled. It struck me that she hadn’t asked me to do that in a long time, and…that I didn’t know if I could. Something about the way she looked at me told me that she wondered the same – Mom, can you still hold me? Time … Read More Day 296/365 Can You Still Hold Me?

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Day 289/365 One-couches and Sugar-muffins

This morning I was making pancakes when Beau sidled up next to me. Taking her cue from me, she grabbed a pancake in her hand and began eating it as she leaned up against the counter.  “Mmmm, this takes like a sugar-muffin,” she said. “A sugar-muffin?” I asked. “Yeah, you know the muffins that have frosting…oh, whoops…I mean, a cupcake.” “Ahh, yes…that is a … Read More Day 289/365 One-couches and Sugar-muffins

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Day 270/365 I’m Sorry, and also…I Love You

She was distraught….and also incredulous. “I apologized with all of my heart, and she just said, ‘kay. Tell her she has to say she’s sorry, too. That’s how it works.” Is it? We have all felt the disrespect of a hollow apology. Starting when we were very little and hurt by another child, we may have heard our first toneless and disconnected, “Sorry!” Some … Read More Day 270/365 I’m Sorry, and also…I Love You

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Day 260/365 The Lessons We Don’t Teach

After I picked the girls up at the bus stop this afternoon, I had to bring them back to work with me. This happens from time to time, and they actually don’t mind it. Afterward I treated them to a dinner out. {Side story – One night the girls and I had just finished up a meal at a restaurant. On our way out … Read More Day 260/365 The Lessons We Don’t Teach

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Day 255/365 Sex Is A Funny Word

“Is VIRGINAL a word?” my eleven year old asked me at 7am this morning. “Yes,” I said. We were getting ready for school, and I had some Christmas music playing in the background. “What does it mean?” she asked. Ummmmm….(Gulp, oh God, really? I had barely had any coffee.) “Well, in this (Christmas) context, it is referring to the baby Jesus having been born … Read More Day 255/365 Sex Is A Funny Word

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Day 158/365 Island Adventure Part II

When I left off, the girls and I had gone off to bed. We were exhausted, and well…it was dark. Literally. There is no electricity here. There is a queen sized bed in a loft, which one accesses by ladder, and there is a queen sized futon on the first floor.  The loft has only a rope “railing” (more of a decorative feature, really). … Read More Day 158/365 Island Adventure Part II