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Crib notes: Oscar nominees a sign of times

“This movie has no plot,” my husband said as we watched “Boyhood,” a best picture contender that follows a child and his family spanning from when he’s 6 until he’s 18 (yes, the same actors were filmed for several days a year for 12 years!) I didn’t protest because of the large lump in my […]

Comments Off / February 08, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: Do something

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about advice another mother shared years ago. In so many words she said when someone is going through a hard time, the worst thing we can do is nothing. We shouldn’t hide because it’s uncomfortable or we don’t want to be a bother. She shared how people said and […]

Comments Off / January 11, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: What raising a puppy has taught my kids about parenting

When I was 6 years old my parents told my three sisters and me we were adopting a baby boy. When I got off the school bus the day of our much-anticipated special delivery my mom was there to greet us. “Meet your new little brother,” she smiled, pointing to what would become our faithful […]

Comments Off / December 07, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Let’s separate the issues with Common Core

Do the Common Core State Standards provide the rigor American education as a whole lacks? Or are they a step back for academic progress, dumbing our kids further down the educational food chain? Some even believe they’re a sinister scheme to nationalize the education system and do away with states’ rights. The only thing federal […]

1 Comment / November 16, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: The smoke and mirrors of GPAs

In his essay ‘”Where All Grades are Above Average” former Duke University professor Stuart Rojstaczer wrote, “The last time I gave a C was more than two years ago. That was about the time I came to realize that my grading had become anachronistic. The C, once commonly accepted, is now the equivalent of the […]

Comments Off / October 06, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: The smart phone standoff

At long last we’ve found a happy medium. My seventh-grader got his much-desired smart phone this summer and everything I dreaded about it hasn’t happened (knock on wood). He’s not on it 24/7 or even head down, zoned out, while we’re in public places. That was our first social stipulation about getting such a device. […]

Comments Off / September 09, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: The Hundred Foot Journey is just what we all need

As political, social and religious wars rage around the world and we hear of the bloodshed of children, the most innocent among us, most other topics seem petty to discuss. Yet the new film “The Hundred Foot Journey” is just what the world needs right now. I’ll even predict this movie will be nominated for […]

Comments Off / August 10, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

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