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Crib Notes: Summer Lessons

As we sat around the campfire in Santa Cruz last weekend I pulled out an old Girl Scout goody for the 11 kids in our party. My Aunt Tilly, she died last night, she died last night, did she die?  At first the kids didn’t know what I meant, or why sometimes the answer is […]

Comments Off / July 03, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Every Sunday could be Father’s Day

My uncle is in the end stages of ALS and was moved into comfort care this week. Though my dad has four daughters, the family he created with my mom, he’s said it’s a lonely feeling to be losing the last remaining member of his original family. At 67 years old, my dad’s even used […]

1 Comment / June 05, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Middle school phone wars

The verdict is still out whether or not the MTV effect will work on my sixth-grader. When I was his age my mom delayed letting me watch MTV long enough that by the time I had the freedom to watch it, I’d never developed the habit and lost interest. My son still doesn’t have a […]

2 Comments / May 11, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / 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. […]

Comments Off / December 08, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

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