Should I let my kid dress like a weirdo?

punk girl

There is a huge difference between sporting a blue mohawk because you think it looks cool, and sporting a blue mohawk because you want to horrify and offend everyone you meet.  Trying to set yourself apart from your peers is morally neutral and should be tolerated, even if it makes adults cringe a bit. But trying to give the world or your family a big "F you" is a problem.It's behavior that matters, and so it’s the behavior that parents should focus on.  This is just as true for kids who wea … [Read more...]

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What’s for supper? Vol. 2, now with link up!

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 What's for supper? So glad you asked!Last week, I said:While I’m no cooking jainyus, I do manage to feed twelve people, seven days a week, without spending a million dollars and without anyone getting rickets. I’ll list our dinners and include any recipes that might be interesting, and I hope readers will share their menus and recipes, too, so we can all get some good ideas from each other. If there’s enough interest, I may start a weekly blog link-up.There was interes … [Read more...]

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Dear Teacher

How I spent my summer vacation

Alas. We spent our summer swimming, watching X Files, sucking down gallons and gallons of ramen, eviscerating countless watermelons, making a meticulous survey of the entire lifework of the master cinematographer Chow Yun Fat, and creating various kinds of heartache for your long-suffering soul sister, the public librarian.Read the rest at the Register.***Image via Wikimedia Commons … [Read more...]

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How to organize lots of shoes and water bottles, plus a love letter

shoe bins now

The main reason we home schooled for six years was because home schoolers don't have to know where their shoes are. Ditto for water bottles. Need to go outside? Lie down with a manga until the feeling passes. Thirsty? Just drink directly out of the faucet like my son -- or, like my son when he's being fancy, drink out of a plate.I have failed.Anyway, now we have to be shod and watered every morning. Behold, I have some solutions for you, especially if you have a lot of kids and not much s … [Read more...]

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What’s for supper?

food irene

One of two things is happening here today. Either(a) I'm launching a recurring feature sharing my family's weekly dinner menu. While I'm no cooking jainyus, I do manage to feed twelve people, seven days a week, without spending a million dollars and without anyone getting rickets.I'll list our dinners and include any recipes that might be interesting, and I hope readers will share their menus and recipes, too, so we can all get some good ideas from each other. If there's enough interest, … [Read more...]

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25 Back-to-school Items Your Kids Can’t Geek Without

zelda ocarina

Doing your back to school shopping online, maybe? Do me a big favor and use this link.It will take you to Amazon, and you'll have the exact same shopping experience as you always do -- only my code is craftily embedded in the link, and every time you buy something, I get a percentage. Easy for you, super super super helpful for us!We are still in denial about school shopping, but there are a few items that caught my eye -- things that will help ease the pain when we can't put it off any longe … [Read more...]

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Why it’s important to beat up robots

kids kicking robot

Was it a senseless tragedy, or was it a slice of richly deserved jungle justice when the hitchBOT, a hitchhiking "robot" (actually just a vaguely humanoid prop with a computer chip in it) got curbstomped by some jackass in an Eagles jersey, ending a sojourn over two continents?We can probably all agree that an adult who beats up someone else's robot for no reason is a jerk. Fine. But what about when kids beat up robots? Are they just jerks in training? Or are they onto something?Tech Insi … [Read more...]

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