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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 »

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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / September 09, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Read more

My oldest child begins middle school this week and his pleas for more technology have reached crescendo levels. He’d like instagram on his iPod; he needs to check You Tube on my laptop “real quick.” Many of his peers have received cell phones for sixth grade, and he’d like to know when he might enjoy […]

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

Crib notes: A school that’s got it right

Despite so much sobering news surrounding public education lately, what’s going on at Jackson Elementary here at home is nothing short of inspiring. The school’s fifth-graders are now able to choose Video Production as a yearlong elective. Just the fact they get to choose an elective in elementary school is pretty cool, but at a […]

Comments Off / May 05, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

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