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Monthly Archive for June, 2011

In May Little Girl had an incident at school. It’s not something I am talking or writing about, but suffice it to say we needed to find a new school. I did a lot of research (natch!), and visited a lot of places. One of the places I went was a Montessori school a few [...]

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Big Girl is on a local swim team. She loves it. Last year, when she was six, she was not what I would call great. Or even good. She never won a single meet. Didn’t even come close, really. But she stuck with it, and we were proud. Most important: She enjoyed herself. This year, [...]

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I’ve got the kids going to camp together. I carefully researched and found one where they won’t be outside very much. (I have kids who glow in the dark like me.) The program provides food — a hot lunch and two snacks. I asked about the lunch and the options are, of course: chicken nuggets, [...]

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We had Little Girl’s birthday party this weekend. At some point, our camera got lost. We believe it took a long, one-way ride on the top of my SUV. (Hubby, buckling her into the carseat, placed it there and forgot to pick it back up. We think.) It was a rough afternoon for us. We [...]

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My Baby’s Birthday

Little Girl turns three this week. It’s so cliche to ask, but how did that happen? It seems like only yesterday that I was walking the halls of the maternity wing, willing her to move down and out into the world, and now she’s old enough to talk and sing and laugh. She’s even become [...]

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The Meaning of Fair

People talk a lot about what’s “fair.” Which sibling gets more love or toys. Which town gets a bigger piece of the tax coffers. Which boater gets the better slip. Which parent makes the most carpool runs. For me, the “fair” discussion even extends into who gets to pick where we’ll live, and who brings [...]

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I was more than impressed this past Tuesday to see that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school board voted to eliminate flavored milk from its cafeteria. Now, the more than 1,074,691 students in the district won’t be guzzling extra sugar, food dyes, and high fructose corn syrup with their milk. While the board [...]

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Yes, Kids CAN Be Too Happy

When my kid has issues, I am the first one to admit it: It’s probably my fault. Whether it’s due to genetics (we’ve got anxiety and depression on both family trees) or parenting skills, it’s still my fault or my husband’s. And now a story in The Atlantic Monthly confirms it. The story — How [...]

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Long-time readers of this blog may be wondering why I’ve been posting less. Others may have a more direct question: Why have I been so quiet about myself? I guess it’s time to answer. My focus outward has been brewing for about six months or so, but it became more pressing about a month or [...]

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Kid Food: Revisited

Plenty of people out in blogger land regularly bemoan the fact that “kid food,” for most people, is fried, fake, and/or filled with artificial colors or flavors. It’s my turn, I guess. We’ve got a big kid-centric event coming up. We’ve gone for the past five years, and it’s always lots of fun. Quite honestly, [...]

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