Enjoy Your Bag of Meat

At what point do you just give up? As a parent you fight the important battles, and then you fight them again, and then you check your hit points and realize that you either have to retreat or die. And sometimes you stand on that hill and you die on it. And sometimes you hand […]

The Health Talk

Ruby has been dreading this day for weeks. She was so excited to learn that it would be happening on a Wednesday, when she would be at Forest School, but then very upset to learn that it would happen on one of those magical few Wednesdays between the fall and spring Forest School sessions. Yes, […]

Sorry, But Clowns Are Funny

This may be a very controversial post, but I’m sorry; clowns are funny. Even the scary ones. I think I am allowed to say that, since so many of you have told me that clowns are scary, even the funny ones. Well the big floppy shoe is on the other foot now, isn’t it? The other […]

You Should Probably Just Vaporize Yourself

Ruby is taking the bus to school now. This is despite her many protests, scowls, and threats. For the first part of the week I rode the bus with her, got off with her, and then bused myself back home. Wednesday she had Forest School of course, and yesterday I tried taking the bus with […]

Forest School

What is Forest School? This is an excellent question, and one we have been trying to answer for the good folks over at Regular School for some time now. No one ever seems quite satisfied with the answer, because Forest School is a mysterious labyrinth of adventurous puzzlement. It is a place of fairies and […]

Two Kids, Two Parents, Two Schools

Ruby started fourth grade today, and Edward started first grade. This is very exciting, but a little sad, because for the first time ever I did not get to drop off one of my children on their first day of school. I couldn’t. It was impossible. They are going to two different schools now. We […]

What My Kids Did When I Told Them We Were Moving

Did I mention that we were moving? No, I didn’t, because it was not public knowledge until quite recently. But now that it has been announced in the church’s annual report and I have had several congregation members ask me about it, I feel safe to finally announce that next month we will be leaving […]

Overheard on the Kindergarten Field Trip

Yesterday I had the privilege of chaperoning my son, along with the rest of his Kindergarten class, as they celebrated the end of the school year with a picnic. What follows are eleven actual quotes that I overheard the children say as I monitored them in the park. One of them was said by my […]

100 Reasons I Am a Terrible Parent

15 minutes after they had all left for school I got the text from my wife. We had forgotten his project. Not forgotten it at home. We had completely forgotten to do it at all. Despite the constant reminders, the e-mails, the notes home, the newsletters, and the personal reminder from the teacher the day […]