Posts in category "Control"

A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells of Passion For The Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 3

A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells of Passion For The Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 3
Click here to read Part 1 Click here to read Part 2 In the hospital, the last thing Henry could remember about the accident was taking a turn too wide and having to make a choice: stay left and hit the hay bales or cut right into a pack of riders. He wasn’t wearing leathers... Read more »

A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells of Passion For A Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 2

A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells of Passion For A Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 2
…Continued from Part 1 …Click here to read Part 3 “Christine Wolf! Christine Wolf! Christine Wolf!” “Yeah? That’s me!” I’m standing on an incline looking down at the crowd below. Did I seriously miss Henry coming down the hill? He probably wants to get into the rental car to get the lunch we packed. Jesus.... Read more »

Domestic Violence: What You Can Do To Help Someone

Domestic Violence: What You Can Do To Help Someone
If you know someone who might be in an abusive relationship, err on the side of caution and look into it. Recently, I met a woman who’s been trying to escape a situation of domestic abuse. Her scenario is eerily similar to so many in our nation. On the outside, she and her family seem... Read more »
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Stop The Fighting: Government Shutdown Kills Literacy & Research

I’m furious about the government shutdown. This morning, I started writing a picture book for children. A child tries to help his crossing guard when he learns she cannot read. It’s inspired by a true story. Now, the first rule in writing for children often boils down to identifying the problem needing to be solved.... Read more »

PLAN Is The New Four-Letter Word

PLAN Is The New Four-Letter Word
Hi. My name is Christine, and I overuse the phrase, “What’s the plan?” I should have figured this out sooner, but using the word PLAN sets off a firestorm in my house. I use the word all the time, and it only gets me into trouble: When my teens ask to hang out with friends,... Read more »

Just banned my teens' mobile devices from our upcoming Spring Break trip.

Just banned my teens' mobile devices from our upcoming Spring Break trip.
This is how it went down. I sat in my car, waiting for my nine-year-old son to finish his after-school play rehearsal. “Thanks for calling Verizon. My name’s Vicki. How can I help you?” “Hi, Vicki. My family’s traveling outside the country over Spring Break and I’m wondering if I have international access on my... Read more »
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Stuck Between TMI and Tweens

I’m riding between two huge waves these days: my parents are of a generation that understandably sees the advent of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. as flooding society with Too Much Information, while my kids are surrounded by every available portal to access and share it. I understand the merits of both sides, but I’m stuck... Read more »

Born This Way: Raising A Strong-Willed Child From Day One

This is NOT my strong-willed daughter, though she might as well be. You’ve heard that kids often act worst for their families, saving all their venom for the ones they love most, right? Well, according to that theory, my daughter loves me more than anyone who’s ever been loved in the history of love, multiplied... Read more »

On Aging...

Oh for God’s sake. Today’s one of those days that starts out terrific and, like a boat hitting an unseen sandbar, stops dead in the water. It’s a half-day of school for the kids. They’re so happy playing (oops, my apologies…hanging) with their friends that I’ve got a chunk of time to get things done.... Read more »
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So Different...And Yet So Similar

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My husband the sailor is fearless on the water. I, on the other hand, am not. He lives for the unexpected wind gusts, the on-the-spot problem solving, and the rails-in-the-water feeling of a boat heeled thisclose to tipping over. I do not. In fact, each one of those situations makes me throw up a little... Read more »