Archive for June 2013

The Family You Choose

I am fresh off a week’s vacation in rural Vermont.  Every summer for however many years, my family has joined three or four other families for a little something we like to call “Rockababy.”  I first wrote about our communal vacations here.  The core group was formed way back in the 1980s among friends at... Read more »

When Friendship Blooms

There is something really beautiful about seeing your child develop into a little human, separate and apart from you.  As Mary Tyler Son wraps up his first year of pre-school, we roll into a summer of Camp Mom, and nearing Donna’s 8th would be/should be birthday next month, I find myself a little reflective, a... Read more »

Backstage at the Dance Recital

Recitals are sort of a rite of parental passage, right?  Most of the time, we parents tolerate them.  They are sweet, sure, but more often than not something we endure and make gentle fun of on Facebook.  Possibly we bathe in the beauty of our own child, and grit our teeth through the other 87... Read more »

Now You See Me: Movie Review for Families

Last weekend I went to see a movie.  It’s been a long time.  I went with a friend and we picked the movie based on time and pretty much nothing else. Seems that Sunday morning movies are full of a lot of empty seats.  It was perfect. We settled on Now You See Me, a... Read more »

It's Okay to Say I'm Sorry

So on the last day of school, I got in a bit of a verbal kerfluffle with an old man.  Three days later, the exchange is still sticking with me.  In a nutshell, I came back to my car at the end of the school day, arms loaded with a year’s worth of pre-school crap,... Read more »

Thank You, Teachers!

Well, here it is.  I finally know what all you mothers have been talking about every late spring — the end of school is upon us (insert musically dramatic DUH DUH DUH here).  I get it.  This is the first end of school year for Mary Tyler Son.  Summer is a shiny, oppressively hot, blank... Read more »

Playmobil Toys: Boys on Steroids, Girls on Xanax

Bones fun!  Fire fun!  Carcass fun!  Boy skin animal.  Girl cook animal for boy to eat.  Me strong!
Boys and girls are different, I get it.  That difference is biological and organic, indisputable some would say.  Since my own childhood, the gender difference between boys and girls has become a marketing bonanza.  BIG bucks, no whammies.  Exploitation City.  Pink is for girls, blue is for boys. Adventure is for boys, the old homestead... Read more »