Category Archives: Parenting Fail

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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Valuable Parenting Tip #75698: Let Your Kids Watch More TV

There are a lot of areas where my kids don’t get to disagree with me or their dad.  I mean, you can have a different opinion from me about the broccoli, or whether it is actually bedtime, or if it … Continue reading

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Parenthetical

So, today is Riya’s 8th birthday.  (Oh, holy crap.) She was born at 12:28 (24? 26?  Am I a terrible mother for never being able to keep this straight?  I know it was after midnight but before 1 a.m., just … Continue reading

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On notice

Notice #1.  Attn: February So.  You’re here.  Before you even really get started, I’d like to propose a détente.  In the past, I have suspected you of containing more than your fair share of illnesses, emotional upsets, and disappointments.  I … Continue reading

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How $5.19 almost ruined my whole day

Yesterday I volunteered at the book fair at Raisin’s school.  It. Was. Awful. Well, no.  The whole thing wasn’t awful.  Exhausting, but not awful.  The kids were pretty polite, the other moms were nice.  Kids love overpriced High School Musical … Continue reading

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What if they’d called it “Oh, Sh*t”?

It’s destined to be one of those days when my kids’ creativity surprises me.  It’s delightful, but I do wonder sometimes if I’ve led them astray somewhere. First, Karina drew a picture of heaven, or so she said.  But as … Continue reading

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Strange and marvelous. That’s what we’re going with.

The human my brain is a strange and marvelous thing. When Ben and Karina were teensy babies, they spent many hours in their bouncy seats.*  Usually, they’d be posted close to the action, which means close to the kitchen table. … Continue reading

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