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Crib notes: What’s the point of youth sports?

Finally, someone’s speaking out on the increasing madness of youth sports. Last week the El Dorado Hills Community Services District notified parent coaches that a former professional athlete turned coach, now father of two, would be speaking at Harris Center for the Arts. During a national lecture tour promoting his book “Changing the Game: The […]

Comments Off / March 04, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

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 »



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