Category Archives: Kids

How much gun talk is normal for kids?

Friends, here is my parenting column this week: A few weeks ago, I called a friend of mine who has four sons. I was desperate for advice about an issue I never expected to come up in our house: Guns. … Continue reading

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Is this wrong?

Howdy, friends. That’s a question I have been asking myself lately. Not about the obvious things (Is it wrong to sign up for a race on crap training? Yes. Is it wrong to keep my coworker’s compression socks for all … Continue reading

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Parenting: When your son learns to ride a bike

Howdy, friends. Here is my column for this week’s paper: My son learned to ride a two-wheel bike this past week. Without training wheels. On the third trip down the driveway. He’s 4.5 years old. I don’t remember exactly how … Continue reading

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On crying babies

This is my column for this weekend’s paper: One night when my daughter, Genevieve, was about 6 or 7 months old, my neighbors came to babysit so my husband and I could go out to dinner. We hadn’t had many … Continue reading

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More kid talk

Howdy, friends. I like to make sure to write down the funny stuff Jack and Viv have been saying because, as my dad reminds me weekly, I will forget. He tells me, “They’re going to ask you one day about … Continue reading

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Overthinking it

Howdy, friends. Sometimes, you need to just take a deep breath. Step back. Or get someone to slap you across the face and tell you to, “Snap out of it, woman!” which is sort of where I am. Last night … Continue reading

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Talking Viv

Howdy, friends. So, Viv is 2. She really didn’t talk much until she was about 15 months old, and then it was like nonstop full sentences. She has a TON of personality. And she is really bossy. (I don’t know … Continue reading

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Write this down

Fartmouth. Fart. Mouth. That is what Jack called me the other day. “Jack! That is a naughty word, and we don’t say that!” It’s also very … descriptive. And creative. And funny. I had to turn away because I was … Continue reading

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Currently reading: “The Flame Alphabet”

Howdy, friends. This is what I’m starting next: Here is a NYTimes review. And here is an NPR review. I don’t know anything about Ben Marcus, but reading the reviews of this book and his other works makes him sound … Continue reading

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Autism and autoimmune disorders

Howdy friends. Here is a pretty interesting op-ed piece from the New York Times about autism and autoimmune diseases. And here is a response from Autism Speaks, which is hosting a web chat tomorrow about it all. And here we … Continue reading

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