Category: Parenting

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Day 270/365 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 270/365 The Lessons We Don’t Teach

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Day 256/365 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 256/365 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

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Day 142/365 Children Are Amazing, and Coffee is Important

A conversation at 8am… Sitting on the porch this morning with my girls, taking in the view. I was enjoying my coffee (no, I did not give it up for my cleanse – nobody wants that, trust me). Louie, our lab, was chewing on an enormous log, as he is want to do. Beau (age 11): If I could have a superpower, it would be extra … Read More Day 142/365 Children Are Amazing, and Coffee is Important

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Day 141/365 It’s Okay If You’re Not Okay

It starts early. Well meaning people telling us how to feel (and how not to feel). When we are little and we take a fall, our loved ones immediately tell us, “You’re okay!!” before they even give us an opportunity to assess the situation ourselves. Am I okay? They seem to think so. Maybe I don’t feel okay. Maybe I feel scared, or hurt, … Read More Day 141/365 It’s Okay If You’re Not Okay

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134/365 Help

“Can I help?” she asked, sidling up to me in the kitchen at Miskiania. “That’s okay, I’ve got it,” I replied. I was making breakfast for twelve people and I wanted to just bang it out myself. “Please?” she asked again, looking at me pleadingly. “Okay, grab the whisk,” I said. She beamed. In that moment I realized before long she may stop asking … Read More 134/365 Help

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Day 128/365 The Opposite of What You Know is Also True

A while back I read an excerpt from “Buddhist Boot Camp” by Timber Hawkeye.  The gist of it is this – The opposite of what you know is also true. He went on to explain – “No matter how certain we are of our version of the truth, we must humbly accept the possibility that someone who believes the exact opposite could also be … Read More Day 128/365 The Opposite of What You Know is Also True