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Eaters, Of A Certain Variety

A few weekends ago, I decided to make fried chicken, the way my momma didn’t taught me. I thought it would be a nice compliment to mashed potatoes and creamed spinach, and I thought the girls might actually eat it. Did I mention that I’ve been stockpiling Chik-Fil-A sauce? Cooking with the girls is tricky, […]

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I’m making this up as I go

It’s not unexpected that she should argue with me over matters of style. I expect our opinions will be wildly divergent until she turns thirty. As I thought about this blog post, I wondered what image I could attach to it, and if I had a photo of Abigail screaming at me. Unfortunately (for this […]

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In which I speak about myself, ad nauseum

I am sometimes very much like my children. They don’t have a lot of experience interpreting their emotions. To them, emotion is all. It is immediate, it is overwhelming, and it is absolutely true and unquestionable. When Abigail and I have conversations about emotion, it’s a real challenge for her to hang a word on what […]

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The Subtle Art of Conversation

Abby has a new trick.  Or maybe not. It’s hard to decide whether she’s being willfully disobedient or just…distracted.  The other night I was putting lotion on her sister before bed time, and she volunteered to help.  I accepted, and told her I would get her lotion.  After she had applied it all to her […]

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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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