Category Archives: Parenting

Winging it

My oldest baby turns 10 tomorrow.  Double digits.*  A tween.**  (She is having a sleepover tonight with some friends to celebrate.  Send espresso.) (For me, not for them.)  Robin keeps insisting that Riya, who will be a 5th-grader next school … Continue reading

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So, we went to India: Part 4

So, let’s finish up this whole India thing, eh? You: Let’s!  Your posts about India are kind of like Indian people. Me: They are sweet and funny, and you are going to miss them? You: Naturally, but also: THERE ARE … Continue reading

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So, we went to India: Part 3

So, we went to India.  And when last we left our intrepid little band, we were preparing to board a train from Delhi to Kolkata.  We took the Rajdhani Express, which takes at least 17 hours to reach Howrah from … Continue reading

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So, we went to India: Part 2

So, we went to India. I don’t remember when, exactly, we moved from “someday, we will have to take the kids to India” to “we are going to India, like, now,” but I know it was sometime after Robin’s cousin … Continue reading

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So, we went to India: Part 1

So, we went to India.  We took our kids to India, and so far I haven’t been able to decide if my official position on this is more, “Oh, world travel, pssssh!  No big deal; I’ll hop on another plane tomorrow, … Continue reading

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My entire parenting reputation pretty much rests on this one moment

A couple of months ago, Ben was very excited to find a book he’d heard and enjoyed at school during a family trip to the local library.  Somehow, none of us noticed he’d checked out the Spanish-language version until we … Continue reading

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I Know

My kids already know all the things that I tell them. “You are supposed to be getting ready for bed!” “I know.” “8 times 7 is 56, not 54.” “I know.” “No, you cannot play Angry Birds right now.” “I … Continue reading

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Feminism 101

We let Riya read The Hunger Games trilogy.  I had my doubts, but she loved it and handled it well, and I’d far rather see her challenged by reading material than bored by it, so… Other than that, I really … Continue reading

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Things you should never say to your mother* **

1) Parent: Please do xxxxx. Child: I don’t want to!  [Hint: she doesn’t care.] 2) Parent: I want you to tell me if I ever start acting like my mother. … [much later] Child: Mom, you are acting just like … Continue reading

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To the moon

For Friday you have 500 words to write a piece, fiction or non-fiction, which includes the phrase “to the moon.” Negotiations, which lasted several minutes, are finally over, and the roles have all been assigned.  There was some debate about the realism of … Continue reading

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