The Big Make-a-Wish Reveal!

It’s official. We have a Wish Kid in the family! This is the first time I’ve posted here about it, because I didn’t want to jump the gun, but now it’s really real! Back in the fall, the hellish, hellish fall, we were recommended to the Make-a-Wish foundation by our pediatrician. This was very nice, […]

No Dessert Until You Eat Your Junk Food!

For any household to run properly, there must be rules. There must be order, or else we slip into the void of chaos so gleefully brought upon by our children. We set up systems that are designed to keep our kids healthy and safe, and then we demand, to the point of idiocy, that these […]

Love the Babies, Tolerate the Kids, Hate the Teenagers

Sorry kids, but society has dealt you a hand of diminishing returns. It’s kind of a problem, but I’ll be honest in saying that I don’t know how to solve it. But I’m sure you will notice it as you grow up. The people who once thought so highly of you will suddenly start making […]

Sharing: A Losing Proposition

Even before I had children, I couldn’t wait to become a father. I don’t know if it was a biological imperative, or if I just really loved hanging out with kids, but there was never a question in mind as to whether or not I wanted some of my own. I wanted some. I wanted […]

If You Have to Be Home For Bedtime, It’s Not Date Night

We all need a night off now and then, to reconnect with our spouses and our sanity. Just one evening of escape from the duties of parenting every now and again feels miraculous. But let’s be honest, if you have to be home for bedtime, it doesn’t count. Bedtime is perhaps the single most complicated, […]

Maple Open House Weekend – It Doesn’t Get More Vermont Than This

Is there anything that says “Vermont” more than maple? Sure, we’ve got cows and mountains, but so do plenty of other states. Yes, we’ve got Ben & Jerry’s and Bernie Sanders, but those guys are big time now. Can we really claim them as our own exclusively anymore? No, they belong to the world. But […]

The Harry Potter Arms Race: A Cold War of 3rd Grade Proportions

A short while ago I wrote a post about when to introduce your child to Harry Potter. The early books are so light and fun (comparatively), but the later books get very dark, very quickly. So we had this great idea of starting them with my daughter when she was almost 9, and then reading […]

To Edward on His Sixth Birthday

Hey Buddy. What’s up? Well, you are, for one thing. You were up until 2 am because you were so excited about your birthday today and then, despite this fact, you were still up by 6, ready for your presents. Your sister says that you always get huge presents, and that may be true. After […]

Please Stop Telling My Kids That Their Bad Behavior is Fine

I don’t remember what he was doing; it doesn’t really matter. He was clearly doing something naughty and gleefully mischievous that was bothering other people, and I could see that social mores were being violated so I spoke up and asked him to stop. That should have been the end of it, except the person […]

Bad Friday

When I was a kid, I could not fathom why this day should be called “Good Friday.” Easter, sure, that could be called “Good Sunday,” but Friday was not good. It was, in fact, very, very bad. Good Friday might be the day that most exemplifies the¬†worst in humanity. Our tendency to judge others; our […]