Timeline of Family Growth and Development Milestones, As They Relate to Dora the Explorer

2008-9: Small, new, baby--too small even to watch television--arrives. I have never seen Dora the Explorer. My world is about to change. 2010: Family trip to Asia with an 18-month old in coach. I unveil the magic of television watching for the first time, hoping it will be a spellbinding gift that will buy hours of [...]

Accidental Decapitation and Other Profound Toddler Insights

It was nearly time to leave. Five more minutes, and I was trying to sneak in a few more dishes, clear a few breakfast plates, and speed blow dry my hair for work. Five minutes. I asked D2 to put on her shoes. I asked her to pick up the toys on the living room [...]

My kids are taking me, literally

My brilliant gymnastics teammate from college, Carolyn, is a real-life actress. And I really love one of her recent comedy sketches about children as the "Literal Police."  First, check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myD4w4c3qbE So, this video hit close to home because I always use hyperbole, and my kids have literally become the Literal Police at our house. [...]

Venn diagram, kitchen table, accidental fire.

Marriage is a Venn diagram: your preferences, the other person's preferences, and the all important area of overlap in the middle that defines the way you can peacefully live your lives. In fact, marriage is an almost infinite series of Venn diagrams. What music can we both tolerate in the car (MUSIC. Who is mature enough for NPR?)? What vegetables [...]

To my future internet-savvy children

Dear future Ella and D2, The year is, I guess, 20...20? (I don't know, actually. I think this guess is influenced by my having just gone to the optometrist.) and you are *on the Internet.* Maybe its after school. You idolize me still, and want to read the blog you've seen me work on over [...]