Author: kate

Helicopter Down!

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 by 1 Comment

I recently read the book Momaholic: Crazy Confessions of a Helicopter Parent by Dena Higley.

Not being a helicopter parent myself (sometimes I think I could benefit from a few more hovering ways), I wondered what it looked like to see one crash and burn. So, OK, I’m a little sick like that. A gore lookie-loo. A rubber-necker. Read more…

Calling All Ladies

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 by 1 Comment

[Insert best Beyonce impression here] All the older ladies, all the older ladies. All the older ladies, all the older ladies. OK, enough of that. But.

You ladies over 40 who might be struggling to look effortlessly chic and current without thinking about it too much, have I got a few websites for inspiration. Read more…

Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 by No Comments

When you teach a child something, you take away forever his chance of discovering it for himself. –Jean Piaget

The key to parenting is one thing. One simple thing. It’s the answer for every situation you’ll find yourself in: Wait. Just wait. Read more…

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 by No Comments

“My child doesn’t lie.” Or does he?

Let’s look at when lying really starts. It’s easy to think that youngsters lie more than older children. Parents can rationalize this by saying that the 3 and 4 year olds don’t really know better, but by 5, 6, and 7. their child knows the difference between a lie and the truth and will actively not lie. Read more…

Teaching Character: Prudence

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 by No Comments

Proper prior planning prevents piss poor performance. Gleefully my late father would pull this gem outta his back pocket along with a spare hook and sinker after I “caught” the pier instead of a fish. Or he’d toss it about when I groused about studying, more with a waggle of a finger than a twinkle in his eye.

The man had a way with words, no? Did I mention he was a psychiatrist? Read more…

Care.com When You Need a Hand

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 by 1 Comment

I’m officially a sandwich. My sister, too. And my new school mom friend. When I first heard of the “sandwich generation” I thought, whatevz. Not me because I’ve been a GenXer for some time now. A generation can’t just switch names willy nilly.

But nope. I’m a sandwich. This happened just 2 weeks ago. And do you know what I did when the crap rained down on me? I froze. Read more…

The Vital Whoosh of Resistance

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 by No Comments

The baby is turning 3. For a while I’ve thought of her as the “easy” one, the one who will go along and get along. And she is. I mean, she’s the younger sister, so of course she finds comfort searching for her place in an established landscape. A landscape of crazy sometimes, yes. And a landscape of divine fun and play.

Until now. Now she will “do it myself!!!” Her words lash out as buffers to keep uninvited help from helping. Read more…

Teaching Character: Forgiveness

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 by 2 Comments

Most parents get in their own way when it comes to forgiveness. Oddly, much of what we do teaches our children to not forgive, to hold on to things. For one simple reason: children live in present tense and adults don’t. Adults race around in a past, present, future trifecta and we’re never quite sure which timeframe will win out.

Not for young children. They’re present tense all the way. Think of a child’s first 5 years as Momento, only not in reverse. Or filled with murder and intrigue. Read more…

Multitasking is A Bunch of Malarky

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 by 4 Comments

Hey all you multi-taskers out there. Yeah, I’m talking to you ladies and gents trying to juggle the email, laundry, mac and cheese on the stove and Martha Stewart-ing your table top within an inch of it’s life…guess what. You’re not multi-tasking. There is no such thing. So just give it up and do one thing at a time.

OK, maybe I’m talking to myself. Just a little bit. Read more…