12+ Scary Movies Our Kids Loved (including at least 5 “hells” and 2 “bollocks”)

By Screenshot from "Internet Archive" of the movie Dracula (1958) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Because we are integrated Catholics, we observe All Saints Day, All Souls Day, and Halloween -- the latter, by trick-or-treating, putting the little guys stickily to bed, and showing the older kids a scarier movie than we normally allow.  And because I'm still in denial about just how many outrageous promises I carelessly made about costumes I'd be happy to whip up, I'm thinking hard about wh … [Read more...]

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Benny and the Jerk Balloon

My three-year-old may be the most emotionally healthy person in the world.I came across this old photo, and remembered the day. We were playing in a school gym after a baptism, and she found this half-dead balloon lying under some bleachers. Oh my gosh, she had so much fun with it.So, when it was time to go, I ignored the warning alarms in my head and said she could take it with her.Of course, as soon as we stepped outside, a gust of wind came and swiped her precious balloon rig … [Read more...]

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Should I let my kid dress like a weirdo?

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!

 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

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

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?

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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