parenting

What I Learned in Junior K

Other than deep respect for carpool done well, I owe Junior K a hard-won lesson: don’t ask the teacher about your kid. My kid is an obviously hyper, rebellious, willfully foul-mouthed five-year-old boy. I have no business asking his teacher how the day went, particularly when I barely made the after-care cut-off. Seriously: what do […]

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Sunblock

If I ever were to bake a cake it would be for you, and I’d color in the icing like spreading sunblock on your face.   I like to get you while you sleep— the best is in a car— so I can butter every toe and beneath your pillow feet.   Underneath your feet […]

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Baby

You are A long time Coming Now All time is Your time My time is Yours since Before But your Time is Not mine It is yours I get to Watch it Feel how You are not In me But you were There you Grew Into a paw Of blood And time It felt good […]

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An Idle Parent Is

An alert friend and reader recently sent me this terrific excerpt from British author Tom Hodgkinson’s book “The Idle Parent: Why Laid-Back Parents Raise Happier and Healthier Kids.” It summarizes the author’s life-approach, which applies the “less is more” philosophy to parenting and everything else. It also proposes a very practical rule to determine whether or not […]

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Un-adult-ered

    I recently began reading my first parenting book and it’s blowing my mind. Granted this one is more of a spiritual guide, and what sold me is that its introduction is by the Dalai Lama.  The book is called “The Conscious Parent,” written by Dr. Shefali Tsabary. Its basic philosophy is summarized above and […]

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