Grade Schoolers Assemble!

“No, I’m not excited about it; it’s stupid,” she said as she unpacked her backpack. This was a fair point. As a veteran of many, many school-wide assemblies I can say with some certainty that the likelihood of it being very boring was quite high. The flyer the school had sent home about it, however, […]

On Sundays We Dream of Fire: Conversations With a Kindergartener

As a stay-at-home-dad, no one can accuse me of not spending enough time with my kids, but this weekend, with my wife out of town, I got an extra helping of “quality time.” This meant more bickering, more whining, more frustration, and more exhaustion, but it also meant more opportunities for deep and meaningful conversations […]

Dancing Through Angels

I was in a hurry. I was on my way to school. I was late. Pick up was in a few short minutes and I had been delayed when the dog suddenly decided to need a pee break at an unexpected time, so I was jogging through the cold winter air, trying to beat the […]

Everything I Ever Wanted to Do, I Did in Kindergarten

Yesterday we went in for our annual round of parent-teacher conferences. This year, for the first time ever, we got to have both conferences in the same building, because our children attend the same school. We have a 3rd grader and a kindergartener, and you will be pleased to know that they are both doing […]

The Merits of Being There

There are substitutes for many things in life, but time is not one of them. There is no way to make up for lost time, despite our constant attempts. How often we try to recreate a moment, only to finally realize, “I guess you had to be there.” There simply is nothing that can replace […]

No, You Don’t Get to Go Outside and Play if You Are “Sick”

“Daddy, I’m going outside to play.” “I thought you were sick.” “I’m not sick!” “Ok, then I’m taking you to school.” “NO!” “Then you need to stay inside.” “But I’m not sick!” “Then you need to go to school.” “NO!” He was sick yesterday, and two nights ago he even had a fever, but he seemed pretty […]

The 5 Stages of Your Kid Refusing to Go to School

STAGE 1: DENIAL Ummmm, no you did not just say to your mother that you are not going to school. No. That did not happen. Just admit that it never happened and we’re good. We can all go about our days like normal people who are not about to have a battle. No battles today, okay? […]

The First Not Day of Pre-School

I kissed my children this morning and watched them head out the door to walk to school with their mother. With both of them at school full days now, my mornings are busier, but less hectic. I showered, dressed, searched the house for my required personal items, and then I left for my meeting at […]

I Am a Special Needs Parent

I am not a special needs parent. That sounds ridiculous. Who says that? Who would ever want to be that? Doesn’t everyone’s child have their own special needs anyway? I mean mostly they are the same, but they’re all different too. And tons of kids have worse problems than mine! I just want my child […]

This Is It

Well, after 8 1/2 years of it, things are about to change. This is it. Tomorrow, Edward will start kindergarten, even as Ruby moves up to 3rd grade, and my life will never be the same. From 8 AM to 3 PM I will have no children to take care of. This is monumental. Today, […]