Author Archives: Christine

Heart on a String and The Great Unknown

The Great Unknown Today someone asked me, “So what happens next?” I shrugged and smiled, “It’s not up to me. It’s up to a judge and damn, I would not want that job, not in a million years.” “So it … Continue reading

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One Week As a Foster Parent

I was sitting on the porch with a new neighbor,┬álearning more about her, when the phone rang. Heck, I didn’t even hear it. My daughter came to the front door, phone in hand. “I have a 2-year-old little girl who … Continue reading

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Reading Spikes and the Big Green Light

I’m so stinkin’ excited, folks. I can’t even tell you how excited! Well, I will, right now actually… The Right Way to Start Off the Week Finally, after weeks of delays, and a nearly seven-month-long process, we received our foster … Continue reading

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Behavior and Consequences – Without Yelling or Tears

In mid-February, I looked into my daughter’s bedroom and realized I had had enough. “All the way, up to here, couldn’t stand the mess one more minute” kind of enough. “Clean your room,” had become a daily admonition, complete with … Continue reading

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Kidpreneurship

I’ve been on a book buying spree. Don’t judge me! And a month or so ago, I bought a couple of money and entrepreneurship books for kids. Kidpreneurs: Young Entrepreneurs With Big Ideas introduces the idea of entrepreneurship, something close … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to My Eldest Daughter

I have said relatively little in the public forum about the schism that occurred between me and my eldest last year. The really big emotions, the ones that need chewing on, they take time to understand. Her words, set in … Continue reading

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Three Minute Math and the Big Question

I’m a planner by nature. I like to know where I will be next week, next month, heck, even next year (as much as one can predict that). So when Em asked to return to homeschooling this fall, I began … Continue reading

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Schedules, Promoting Writing and More

Schedule Rearranged Beginning at the first of this month, I moved most of my cleaning clients to afternoon appointments. This was the first step in planning our fall schedule. Em wants to return to homeschool and I feel more confident … Continue reading

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Hard Lessons

We live in a neighborhood that is in transition. That’s a nice way of saying that we live in an area that is; labeled as blighted is often a dumping ground for the unwanted sometimes called the ‘hood (even by … Continue reading

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Not That Kind of Gross

This morning I was looking up the requirements/restrictions on claiming an elderly parent as your dependent. Em peered over my shoulder, “Gross income? That’s silly.” Homograph This Homographs are words that are spelled the same and sound the same but … Continue reading

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