Red Flag

As parents, certain phrases that our children utter should be warnings to us.  We should always have an active ear trained on them, listening for these phrases, even when they’re in another room.  These phrases can be subtle or obvious, can require interpretation or may be clear as day. Hearing a “red flag” phrase will cause […]

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September 2011

Constructive Critiscm

“NO KATIE! Not like that!” Abby yelled. Katie is used to getting yelled at by Abby. If the mood swings of a preschooler are commonplace, Kate’s worldview must be skewed. This is something singletons never have; peer influence as constant as parental influence. Peer influence from a peer who is crazy, who is kissing you […]

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Introductions, Like Miniature Humans

Abby: “what’s your name?” Her: “My name is Charlotte, what’s your name?” Abby: “My name is Abigail, and Katie’s name is Katie.”

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Oct 2011


After making my parents a “delicious” and “exquisite” (Their words) meal last weekend (which the girls didn’t seem to enjoy much at all), I started thinking…why, I’m pretty good at this. Maybe I could make a blog about cooking. I could call it, “gourmet dad” and prove to parents that you can still put a […]

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Parenting Quotes

Abby: “Over the rooftops, step in time. Over the rooftops step in time.” Me: “Abby, please don’t step on my head.”

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Gimme 5

A Camera in Every Pocket

Did I do that correctly?  I’m not supposed to capitalize the word “in”, even though it’s part of the title, right? Digressing in the first sentence.  Definitely a sign of things to come. You probably already know (since most of you actually know me, in meatspace (ugh)) that I’m a geek. I know that I […]

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Approval Rating

I don’t know why, but Abby always gets sentimental during bath time.  Maybe she feels the way I do, perhaps she understands how fleeting this time is.  Maybe she realizes that these moments, like distant novas, will  burn themselves out before their light reaches us. Or maybe she isn’t seeing the kaleidoscope of her future, elementary days […]

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Parenting and The First Rule of Improv

A disturbance in the room makes us both hold our breath. A sound, a scraping, perhaps a drag. Or was it a step? “I heard something” Abby whispers. “Shhh. I heard it too.” I whisper, even quieter. The air under the blanket is close, moist from our exhalations. We crouch low on the couch, not […]

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September 2010

Joshua Giraffe and the Deep Blue Sea

I stand ankle deep in the Pacific Ocean.  Kate’s entire 19 pounds rests on my hip.  Abby, already my Big Girl at three, clutches my hand, and jumps up and down in the water. “Joshua Giraffe,” she sings, “Joshua, Joshua!  Joshua Giraffe!” We’ve been standing here for an hour, and every time I think about […]

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