Category Archives: House Rules

Kids behaving badly

I’ve seen kids who, on numerous occasions, smack, kick, hit and pinch other kids and the parents excuse the behavior as the result of a bad day, too much sugar, too much gluten, too much T.V., society, or the influence … Continue reading

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Stretched, stressed, and seeking solace

You ever have one of those moments when someone holds a mirror in front of your face and you see, really see for the first time a reflection of your life. Well, I had one of those moments last night. … Continue reading

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The baby undie bandit…

Our infant son likes panties. A lot. He revels in pulling mine or his sister’s from the clean laundry and wiping the floor, the furniture, and, yes, sometimes his belly with them. He puts them on his head. He even … Continue reading

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Nanny poachers

I see you, chick. With your Petunia Pickle Bottom bag, your extra latte for our nanny, and your eyes brimming with, what you hope, is genuine friendship. You stalk the nanny, following her with greedy gaze as she pushes my … Continue reading

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Party rules

So my following note to a very helpful grandma of one of my daughter’s friends sums up the insane whirlwind of this season’s birthday parties: “I just wanted to thank you for all of your help with the kids today. … Continue reading

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Goodbye Mr.Foo

We used to sit next to each other in the hospital’s infusion room and joke about the awful food, who had the most needle pokes that day, and god awful daytime tv. I left the hospital cradling new life. Mr. … Continue reading

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Winners never quit? Not so sure about that…

Our three year old hates soccer. Really. Hates. It. And we’re considering letting her quit. Week after week, we’ve watched as missing a kick or drill sends her shrinking inside herself. She crumbles and crouches low on her ball, often … Continue reading

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