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Crib Notes: Play games to give kids a head start in school

When my oldest child turned 1, a friend gave him alphabet magnets for his birthday. We placed them on the refrigerator and he’d reach for them, so we moved them lower, showing him first how magnets work. Soon they ended up on the kitchen floor and seeing the 26 letters brought the ordering of them […]

No Comment / April 06, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: What today’s girls need

“Those girls are so nice to their mom,” my second-grade daughter innocently declared as we watched the original film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” recently. The classic film marks a sharp deviation from how most girls are depicted in shows today. My daughter then asked to watch it over and over again, reminding me […]

No Comment / March 10, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Common Core one step in right direction

My sixth-grader’s middle school spent at least a month communicating the message that the leap to middle school means the children put forth more effort … without the meddling of well-intentioned parents. If they forget their lunch, for instance, let them figure it out and they most likely won’t forget it again. We were told […]

No Comment / February 10, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Yay or nay to Elf on the Shelf?

Who knew a little Christmas elf could create internal conflict and spark a mommy war? It wasn’t designed this way. The Elf on the Shelf was created by a mom in 2005 as a promise for more magic at Christmastime. Each household’s elf reports naughty or nice behavior back to the North Pole each night. […]

No Comment / December 08, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Keep talking

I served as a juror in Placerville a few weeks ago and, along with 11 of my peers, I found the defendant guilty. Charged with drug crimes, it was a tragedy to see a young man squandering his life away. I kept thinking of my own sons, ages 9 and 11, and how someone just […]

No Comment / November 10, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: When did asking someone to a dance become like a marriage proposal?

I’m fascinated by a trend that’s growing stronger: boys asking girls to formal dances with the sort of over-the-top gestures that rival grown men proposing marriage. Remember, the latter are men asking women to share their lives with them, compared to teenage boys asking girls to accompany them to one hours-long evening. There are stories […]

No Comment / October 07, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: They may be good, but are they kind?

A new school year is upon us and nostalgia’s knocked me out yet again. Every year this is when the speedy passage of time especially strikes and gives me pause. Whenever I tell anyone with grown children, they listen, unfazed, and say matter-of-factly,“It’ll only go faster.” Now I even feel nostalgic when I see my […]

No Comment / September 09, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

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