Relax. Nobody Wants to Steal Your Kids They’re Sort of Annoying

My parents taught me to not answer the telephone and tell people they weren’t home. My parents taught me to look adults in the eye and offer them a firm handshake. We were basically okay. ¬†All of us. Right now my daughter is at the mall with her friends. She has $20 and I told her to not buy soda. She’s with a friend, she has a cell phone with her, but no one will answer it. I can’t GPS my kid (I have an inbox full from devices that …

Jane Prefers her Wings

Jane was an early walker. She was toddling around my house by nine months, and on first birthday as I prepared food for guests she stood on my dining room table jumping for the¬†chandelier. Jane is an athlete, but she’s not overly competitive, she just wants to play. Jane was happy in motion, and her motion has always taken her away from me. I’ve stood proud, watching my daughter assert her independence. We’ve given her roots and wings, she prefers the wings. This summer Jane is going on a ten …