Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Trap of OVERscheduling Our Kids

“I don’t wanna go to the last stop on the Passport!” Emily whined from her car seat. It was Day 20 of my cycle, and if we had a calendar in the kitchen it would be circled with red, arrows … Continue reading

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Mea Culpa?

Mea culpa is a Latin phrase that translates into English as “my mistake” or “my fault”. To emphasize the message, the adjective “maxima” may be inserted, resulting in “mea maxima culpa,” which would translate as “my most [grievous] fault.” I … Continue reading

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Spitting Mad Mama Llama

It is 4 am in the morning on Wednesday. Yes, I write these posts in advance. Deal with it. Now Christine, that wasn’t very nice. Stop being so grum-… Shut up, you! This is what happens when I wake up … Continue reading

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A BIG, Big Girl Bed

Sometime last February or March, the nightmares really revved up and Emily was soon spending every night in our bed. It escalated until she simply refused to sleep in her own. I could have put my foot down and insisted … Continue reading

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Step Back…and Hold My Tongue

I think that for me, one of the hardest things in the world to do is to step back, say nothing, and let my daughter learn a lesson on her own. I’m one of those people who are hard-wired to … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Semantics

Dinner at the restaurant was over and Emily was full of soda and rarin’ to go run off some of the extra energy. “Why are we sitting here?” she asked. “We’re waiting for the check.” I explained. “Are we going … Continue reading

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Herding Cats – Can Homeschoolers Ever Be On Time or Organized?

For S.A. – because we are so alike in this! I am a rather organized person. I’d better be, I run an organizing business! And while my own home often falls by the wayside, the papers collect on my desk, … Continue reading

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A Visit to Overland Park Arboretum

Although I still sometimes forget – I am learning to take one of our two cameras with me everywhere I go these days. And of course, as I headed off the morning of our visit to the Arboretum, I made … Continue reading

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Trunk or Treat vs. Trick or Treat

I need to preface this post by saying first that I have never taken a child ‘trunk or treating’ – not ever. The other day I saw that our local homeschool group is doing a ‘trunk or treat’ – I … Continue reading

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Bowling With the Homies

I remember worrying non-stop last year about Emily being lonely and bored. The first three years, I don’t think little ones need a single soul around except their parents and immediate family. They are so egocentric, no one else matters. … Continue reading

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