Parenting

Seasons Change

My favorite time of year begins at the start of football season, and it's not just because I love a good game of football. It's everything else, too: the cooler weather (even though just today the temperature around here got up to over 70 degrees before plummeting into the 20s), the holiday decorations, the family gatherings, the comfort food, the turning leaves, the breaks from work. This final week before Christmas, though, has always been...

How Was Your Day?

Every afternoon, after picking up my daughters from school, I ask the same question: "So, how was your day?" Normal kids say, "Fine." Normal parents accept it and move on. Long ago, when my kids tried to be normal about this, I (being ever abnormal) didn't let them. I started asking them to elaborate:   "What was the best part of your day?"   "Going home."   "What was the worst part of your day?"   "Getting there."   It became a joke, but inevitably after the...

Point of No Return

In August of 2005, I sent my firstborn off to school for the first time. The week before, we'd gone to the Open House to take a look at her classroom and meet her teacher, but on that warm, sunny Monday morning, things felt different. It was real.   I had gotten her up early and helped her into her first-day-of-school outfit: an adorable black and white checkered dress with a matching short-sleeved jacket, white bobby socks and Mary Janes....