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On having boys, instead

A while ago, a friend prompt­ed me to think about what it means to me to have two boys, instead of the girls I so pub­licly want­ed when we were preg­nant. I came up with a response then, but thought it might be worth flesh­ing out my thoughts some more. For my ben­e­fit, at least. […]

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Introducing the Pringle

Over break­fast this morn­ing, while look­ing through the news­pa­per ads, my sev­en-year-old son asked me what a Pringle was. I explained, and we dis­cussed why they come in a can­tube, instead of in a bag like nor­mal chips, but there’s noth­ing like expe­ri­enc­ing some­thing for your­self. So today, while I was at work, I bought […]

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Name a Children’s Book Every Child Should Read

This post idea is from Plinky.com, fwiw. Name one chil­dren’s book every child should read.  This is tough.  I grew up being read to.  I grew up read­ing.  Our kids get books read to them every night.  Our old­est reads him­self to sleep every night after we read to him.  I’ve been steal­ing our fam­i­ly’s […]

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Fully Charged

This sort of thing makes me sad I don’t have babies any­more. I get over it fair­ly quick­ly, mind you, usu­al­ly with the help of my two-year-old’s lat­est tantrum, but I think I under­stand why peo­ple buy gifts for oth­er peo­ple’s babies. ‘Cause some­one’s got to be seen wear­ing this!

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Ultra Fit Jr Brannock Device

This is a kid-friend­­ly (mean­ing col­or­ful and plas­tic) ver­sion of those big foot/shoe-siz­ing devices found at rep­utable (read:not Tar­get) shoe stores. $50 is expen­sive for one of our own, but we spend that much on over­priced shoes when we go some­place to have the kids’ feet sized prop­er­ly. (It is hard for us to leave […]

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Get me the hell out of March

Every March, it seems, the boys get sick. Our eldest was home sick on Mon­day. Our youngest came home from school today at noon, fussy and snot­ty and poop­ing goopy. I think there has been one week of the last ten where nei­ther boy has need­ed to be home for some­thing, usu­al­ly ill­ness, but also […]

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If you had an extra 15 minutes, what would you do?

What would you do with an extra fif­teen min­utes in your day? Frankly, I would prob­a­bly roll it into some of the oth­er things I’m already doing: who does­n’t need five more min­utes to show­er, five more min­utes of sleep, and five more min­utes at the car mechan­ic where there’s noth­ing to do but read […]

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Should my little kids carry ID?

So, a lot of the stuff I’ve been read­ing about child safe­ty sug­gests that your kid should have some sort of ID on him or her. That is, a pho­to with some basic con­tact infor­ma­tion on the back. That way, if they get lost, or (God for­bid) hurt, some­one can get hold of us. Tar­get […]

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Free child safety kit: how can you not?

More gems from the stack of stuff res­cued from the base­ment: a child ID card for my old­est son, from a school pic­ture tak­en two years ago. Got me hunt­ing around on the Inter­net for info and resources, and I found this Dura­­cell-spon­­sored child safe­ty site with info, pdfs, and a “take a recent pic­ture […]

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Nanny needed for one half hour per day

So we’re think­ing about what to do for our babysit­ter-enabled evening this week­end, and we real­ize that what we real­ly want most is to have some­one get our kids ready for bed. The bed­time rou­tine of prod­ding, cajol­ing, and (usu­al­ly) threat­en­ing the kids into their paja­mas is a bru­tal gaunt­let at the end of a […]