Expose your kids to art! (Or vice versa)

Expose your children to art! Or vice versa.

The other week, we visited the Worcester Art Museum in MA. I heartily recommend it if you're in the area (and it's free all through August!). They had a world class collection with tons of variety, from pre-Columbian art to this guy; it was quite kid friendly (a docent in the armor display helped the kids try on helmets and gauntlets), the docents were genial and well-informed, and they had the exhibits arranged well to really help you see them. We saw everything in about three hours, and had … [Read more...]

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Mother Eye/Father Eye

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(Going through my archives as I put my new book together, and I found this post from a few years ago.)We went for a quick evening dip at the town pond. First I had the camera:and then, seconds later, my husband had it:Heh. And they were both true!  … [Read more...]

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“I don’t own my child’s body” is a clever mask for something cruel

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"I Don't Own My Child's Body" is the weirdly melodramatic title of a parenting piece from CNN Living.  (It's from 2012, but is making the rounds again.)   You can see from the URL that the original title was probably something more like, "Give Grandma a Hug" -- and that's really all the piece is about.  The author's kid sometimes doesn't feel like hugging or kissing somebody, so her mom doesn't make her: She doesn't have to hug or kiss anyone just because I say so, not even me. I will not ove … [Read more...]

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Poetry-ize your house for the summer

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Behold my triumph in a stealth supplemental classical education!  My nine-year-old son, the one affectionately known as "Rat Boy," came up to me and said, "I really liked that thing you put up, the one about the cows and everything."  He meant the great G. M. Hopkins poem "Pied Beauty," which I had printed out, matted on construction paper, and tacked over his gerbil's tank without comment. He and his siblings certainly did not want to memorize poems when we were homeschooling!  Boy, did they no … [Read more...]

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7 video games, reviewed by my kids

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Hey, who wants to talk about SOMETHING ELSE?How about vidya games? My kids play games on the Wii, PS2, and occasionally the iPad and PC. We have tons of the Lego Wii games, and they were all the rage at our house for a few years. These are cute, clever, and not too noisy or violent (people just turn back into separate pieces when they get killed). Have't found a bad one yet.Here are some of my kids' other current favorite games. I asked them to give a quick description, plus their f … [Read more...]

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Would your kids know what to do if someone molested them?

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 I don't care about the Duggars any more than I care about any family in the news. Many Catholics see them as role models, but  they seem to have attitudes about children and women which are antithetical to Catholic ideas. Did their son molest girls because of his upbringing? Maybe, maybe not.  I'm not familiar enough with their parenting style to know. I do know that it's possible for parents to do their hardest to raise their kids right, and their kids do shitty things anyway. It's al … [Read more...]

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The Rubberbandians

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Or, Why You Should Have a Bunch of Weird Kids and a Giant Dog.I had to run to the pharmacy, and when I got  home, this is what met me in the driveway.  The little one shouted, "WE ARE RUBBERBANDIANS, AND HAVE SPEARS!"Note that they all have rubber bands on their foreheads (or, as the three-year-old calls them, "our brains."   Also note the progress of the dog. We sometimes sing the Little Mermaid song in Boomer's voice, and it g … [Read more...]

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