When I was a professor, I got rather tired of hearing from my students that they wanted to have children young enough, for some this meant late teens, so they could run after them, unlike the “old ladies” giving birth today! I wish I could say that these types of comments were unusual, or that only Read More →

There is never any question for me what is more important—travel! After twelve years of K-12, four years of BA, and seven years to finish my Ph.D. and M.A. (I did them concurrently), I am fully aware of both the benefits and detractions of formal education. Take a deep breath; the bottom line is, formal Read More →

There comes a time when it is no longer acceptable to protect your child from life’s reality. What does that mean? No, it doesn’t mean that you should be brutal or age inappropriate. It does mean that the time has arrived to stop smoothing edges, stop keeping the hard things from touching them, and get Read More →

The one place I never expected to find worms was in my child’s anus. According to our pediatrician, this is another problem endemic to Florida, but this is exactly what I had to confront at 4:00 in the morning when my child looked like a puppy, rubbing her bottom on the floor and crying because Read More →

Here goes another hour scouring the Internet for lunch ideas, my least favorite chore, but Baby B is probably the pickiest eater I have ever met. She doesn’t like anything! No, I’m not kidding. Whatever she liked two days ago might be off the table today. Now this presents a challenge when I am around Read More →