The man-cold experiment

In not-at-all-surprising news, I got sick with a bad cold. (My last post was literally about how I need to practice more self-care.) Sigh. I’m working on more rest, less doing in my daily life, so I figured practicing this while sick would be a good place to start. In fact, what better way toContinue reading “The man-cold experiment”

Alert, alert: off-the-chart parental stress detected. Seek Peanut Butter immediately.

Imagine a parental stress continuum. At one end is the mythical and totally unatainable smiling happy family lounging on a white couch.  At the other end: stress-eating peanut butter out of the jar at midnight.

Feeling frazzled? To-do list too long?

Take heart. I bet you have it together more than you think. For goodness sake, it’s not like you still have Christmas decor lying around in your shrubs in July!

(People seriously hate this place?)

I’m currently sitting by myself reading a Sunday NYT and drinking iced coffee. There is free wi-fi and all the children here belong to other people. It’s air-conditioned and there is an endless supply of twizzlers and US Weekly mags. What is this heaven I speak of? Why, I’m at my regional airport, about toContinue reading “(People seriously hate this place?)”

How to Plan a Party for your dad (according to the 4-year old)

Rush home from pre-school, grab your mother and pull her into her bedroom. Dogs are allowed to stay. Dads are not! Get on the bed and lay down on a pillow, telling your mother in a conspiring tone, “we need to lay here to talk about SURPRISING* DADDY!” Cross your adorable little feet. Watch yourContinue reading “How to Plan a Party for your dad (according to the 4-year old)”

Full Monty Moana (A show-and-tell cautionary tale)

  Remember naked Moana from yesterday? I’d be failing you if I didn’t tell you the whole naked Moana story. But first, some background.  It turns out that every Friday is show-and-tell day in my 4-year-old’s preschool room. I didn’t know and I was intrigued. What exactly had my kid bringing to class show-and-tell theseContinue reading “Full Monty Moana (A show-and-tell cautionary tale)”

The contents of her Frozen backpack (age 4)

A naked Moana doll (they are always naked) oak tree twigs of varying lengths (quantity: 2) a penny (she loves coins) a small glass jar for placing her collections File this away to Things I Don’t Ever Want To Forget about My Daughter at Four.