What About the Children?

The Prankster

December 16, 2011

My son is a tactically calculating prankster. And he’s only 6. Just turned, in fact. I don’t know where he gets it, and I say that in complete dishonesty because I know exactly where he gets it. He is, in very deed, my little clone. A few months ago I had the pleasure of going […]

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I’m Right Here!

September 12, 2011

“I’m right here!!” That’s what I wanted to say to my son as I saw him anxiously scanning the crowd to see if anyone was there to support him. It was earlier today, and I had gone to my kids’ school for a 9/11 Memorial program. My daughter saw me instantly as her class walked […]

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My Little Scholar

August 18, 2011

Today was my son’s first day of Kindergarten, and I am not sure I was prepared for the emotionally stressful nature of the event. He seemed pretty calm, but I could tell that the uncertainty of his future was weighing on him. There he stood, wearing a backpack that was almost as big as he […]

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Happy Meals Gone Wild!!

May 20, 2010

OK, so the other day I was at McDonalds with my son because, well, some traditions just need to be passed on. He got his usual: A Chicken McNugget Happy Meal. (I know, I know, some who are reading this are already clamoring on about how a 4 year old can already have a “usual” […]

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The Importance of Spelling

April 11, 2010

There are a few things I wish my children would know about the importance of spelling.  First, to my daughter, I love it that  you are interested in Origami!!!  However, when you go on the internet to find detailed instructions on creative origami patterns, please remember that there is no letter “S” in the word […]

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Kids Say The Darndest Things!

January 12, 2010

File this one under “Be careful what you do around your kids.” My son is 4 years old. And after a long period of trial an error, he is finally fully potty trained. The payoff in all this is two-fold: First, no more expenses for diapers. Those suckers are expensive!! And the second, he is […]

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Attack of the SBD!!!

December 21, 2009

So there I was with my two kids in the McDonald’s drive thru. My four year old son was in the back seat, and my nine year old daughter in the front. It’s the holiday season, and I didn’t feel like cooking. Plus, if the commercials are correct, McDonald’s uses all white meat from real […]

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October 13, 2009

Have you ever noticed how often the concept of “parenting” is reduced to a two-step process of Identification and Coercion? Step 1: Identification of the child’s desired goal or object (i.e. a trip to Disneyland, A new toy, etc). Step 2: Constantly threatening to deprive the child of the Item in Step 1 if the […]

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King Kong and The Birth of a Child

September 21, 2009

So last night we were watching King Kong on TV. Our 3 ½ year old son was fascinated by how easily the giant “Magrilla” (as he called it) could fight off the T-Rex. (And yes, I realize that “Magrilla” sounds a lot like “McGrilla,” and once again McDonald’s comes into play). Anyway, King Kong is […]

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Wii Monster

August 31, 2009

My son is 3. And much to the chagrin of many, he is A LOT like me! If dad is exercising and lifting weights, then he is exercising, too. If dad gets mad while driving and questions the parentage of other drivers on the road, then by golly, he’s gonna call ‘em a bastard, too. […]

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