A Satisfying New Cuss Word

A Satisfying New Cuss Word

Appalled at the coarsening of our society, I have been trying very hard not to cuss. Then I discovered the verbal fulfillment that can come only from finding a term with which to express deep emotions without violating anyone’s sense of propriety. That term was “bok...
Familiar-Looking Dog Toy

Familiar-Looking Dog Toy

Babysat my granddaughter and grand-Lab today. The baby is just beginning to crawl. She will take a toy in her hand and slam it on the wood floor across the room to sit up for a second. Then she will leave the toy there and go get another. So the house is peppered with...
The Value of Jobs in Your Youth

The Value of Jobs in Your Youth

Don’t ever let anyone disparage those often-awful first jobs in the teenage years. They can be highly motivating to do better in school, to avoid being stuck in a bad job. They also can suggest a clear career path to those who are paying attention to what they...
A Scientist?

A Scientist?

It’s good to challenge your children’s statements with follow-up questions. That makes them critical thinkers.   But you can take things too far. In the car one day, Maddy, 6, was telling me all kinds of important things such as the fact that you...
A Good Laugh Cancels Out a Bad Hair Day

A Good Laugh Cancels Out a Bad Hair Day

‘Tis the season to get stressed out. It will happen. But we are determined to keep the peace in our lives this Christmas season. What to do when the inevitable problems and mistakes crop up and threaten that peace? There’s only one good response: see the...