All the Somethings Lead to Nothing

The kids are home, sort of. I mean school is over for the year and one child is home from college, the other, who isn’t due to leave for another year is busily taking college classes and enjoying the challenge. Somehow the 2017-2018 school year turned into a holding pattern for me. I wasn’t sure how to move forward, and if I’m honest with myself I doubt I’ll know much more next year. With kids home and an abundance of free time I exercise in the mornings, write midday, publish …

A New Driver in the House

Roughly six months ago we bought Jane a car. We made this purchase mindfully. As soon as Jane had her driver’s permit I had her do the bulk of the driving. My preference being that by the time she was ready to drive on her own she had at least a hundred hours under her belt. Six months later I do believe she had considerably more. We gave Jane six months of driving an average of 45 minutes a day in her own car before she was fully licensed. We …

Does Your Kid Know What a Flash Button is?

My kids love to stay home alone. This is in part because they don’t want to go places with me like grocery and drug stores but also in part because they enjoy the independence and the quiet. I understand and respect this so I allow them their freedom with just a few rules in place. No swimming Do not answer the door for anyone Answer the home phone, it’s how I’ll reach them I had a zillion errands to do before the kids went to camp so I left Jane …

Alexander Explains The Death Range

Tonight at the dinner table I told my husband about our dear friend whose ex-husband died earlier in the day. We, of course, want to support her and her children during a difficult time. It should be simple. Offered without commentary is tonight’s dinner conversation. ME: Something terrible happened today. MR. G: What? ME: Our friend’s ex husband died. Mr. G has a look of shock on his face. His mouth is open wide. MR. G: Oh no. How? ME: They think it was a heart attack. It was out …

Naked Kids + Internet = Nothing Good

No, seriously, even if your kid is two and looking at their bellybutton. Even if your daughter is too young to lactate and your son’s plumber butt is cute. I agree with you. Your children are adorable, no one is questioning that. In fact I’d be taking the same photos if I were you. I just wouldn’t be posting them online. Even to a closed group. Even to my mom. Maybe an email, maybe if I needed to get them printed but probably not even then. I’d probably go to …