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Month: June 2010

It’s a Curious Thing

It’s a Curious Thing

It’s a curious thing to me.  My daughter decides to play “school” with her younger brother, and curiously he does every single thing she tells him to do. When Ella deems it time, Jrod opens his workbook and does every page she puts out; no matter how long it takes him.  When it’s recess time, he goes out in the 100 degree heat and runs laps until Ella tells him to stop.  And then, when it’s time for music class,…

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Teaching Tact

Teaching Tact

Most children are not socially graceful.  “Tact” is not something they come by naturally.    It’s one of those areas that most parents don’t think to provide instruction for until the opportunity presents itself.  And, unfortunately, when confronted with the urgency of teaching children how to say something in a graceful way, an uncomfortable situation has usually already occurred.   My children do not merely lack social grace, they are, at times, just plain socially awkward. Today, while jumping around…

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Directionally Challenged

Directionally Challenged

For me, simple is never simple.  An “easy” recipe turns into hours of nightmare and clean up, and there’s usually never much to show for it.  As I wrote earlier, the birthday cake, made especially for my two year old, was ruined in a massive way.  After careful review, I discovered that I left out the sugar and did not bake it for the appropriate amount of time.  The result was a doughy, bland, something or other. I have an…

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