The Case for Siblings: Why Having a Baby Is Good for Your Other Kids

[This post originally ran at Faith and Family Live in 2010, when I was pregnant with #8. I'm on my way to Virginia for the Summer Soiree at Mary's Shelter! If you have a prayer to spare, maybe send up one that my ears don't get too plugged up on the plane? It's hard to talk into a microphone when your ears are plugged up! Usually I take Sudafed, but this is a no go for this stage of the pregnancy. And also please pray that I don't cry on stage for any reason. I don't even know why I would, but p … [Read more...]

At the Register: Lessons from the ER

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--One of the greatest functions of the ER is to illustrate for your children why you do not pay for TV at home. Ninety nine channels, 'round and around and around you go.  See, kids? There is nothing on. Nothing. --If you are holding a catheter tube, and I say, "Careful, she is little, but she is strong," then you should listen to me.Read the rest at the Register. … [Read more...]

Give me a dumb kid any day.

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Today, we went for kindergarten screening with my five-year-old (here in the persona of "A Snooty Waitress")  The teacher showed her three sets of dominoes: a group of two, a group of three, and a group of four.  She asked my kid to show her which group had two in it. Kid points to the group of three and the group of four.I, being the greatest mother in the world, didn't say a thing, because this is my kid's moment to shine, and whatever happens, happens. So the … [Read more...]

“Pop! Out comes the corpse!” or, fun with the Fishers

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Our summer library reading program ended not with a bang, but a howl, then a whimper, then ice cream, and then more howling. It was an unfortunate combination of overtired kids, high expectations, generalized raffle anxiety, and a hideous game which I don't know who thought was a good idea, where you tie balloons to your ankles and run around getting stomped at by bigger, faster kids. I guess there was a bang and a whimper for that part, come to think of it.There were also some bad feelings … [Read more...]

At the Register: A New (Old) Way to Apologize

The teacher started scheduling weekly "clean-ups."Students relished in the opportunity to admit wrongdoing, share intent to change, and restore friendships. It was a beautiful, beautiful thing. They walked out stiff and uneasy, and returned with bright smiles on their faces.Sound familiar? Read the rest at the Register. … [Read more...]

I’m so proud/horrified (#13 is my favorite)

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The other day, this appeared on the bathroom door:  It was written by my 12-year-old son, who is both very twelve, and very much my son.Can't quite make it out? You can either walk away in blissful ignorance, or you can read on, and prepare yourself for the next generation of Fishers. Here is what it says:  RULES FOR POOPING IN A STAIN-FREE MANNER1. Open bathroom door and (using feet) walk in.2. Close and lock bathroom door.3. Walk to sink, … [Read more...]

At the Register: To serve your parents

Late afternoon finds me slaving over a hot Facebook page, gorging on a smorgasbord of tantalizing photos with captions like: "Here is my 8-year-old carefully chopping the chives she grew in her little garden! This is the second time this week she's made pork medallions herbs de provence, but we're not complaining, as long as her little brother provides those scrumptious grilled peaches with caramel bourbon sauce for dessert! They are so cute with their aprons. <3 <3 <3"Yes, well. I b … [Read more...]


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