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On Looking Out for Each Other’s Children

The title of this piece is a bit sensationalist, thought it’s a very real issue. I like the article, though, for the specifics it has regarding ways we can “look out for each other’s children.” Back when my 17 year … Continue reading

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On Allowances

Allowances. I’m not sure we’ve ever approached this aspect of parenting well or consistently. We got better at it when our kids hit the teenage years. With our older two, we manage things electronically with checking accounts and debit cards. … Continue reading

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On the Important Stuff, Before They Leave

It seems that, more and more lately, I am pondering what it will look like to launch our firstborn. It’s still two-and-a-half years away, but I have this thing I do. I think of it as my internal peace-making tool, … Continue reading

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On the Important Stuff, Before They Leave

It seems that, more and more lately, I am pondering what it will look like to launch our firstborn. It’s still two-and-a-half years away, but I have this thing I do. I think of it as my internal peace-making tool, … Continue reading

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On Being a “Ramp Agent” Parent

My husband and I are in what I consider to be the middle years of at-home parenting. By at-home parenting, I am referencing the idea that once you become a parent, you are always a parent, but it is only … Continue reading

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On Walking to School

Do you know Lenore Skenazy? I know many of you do. She is a Mom living in New York City, raising children in New York City. A few years ago, she coined the term “free-range kids.” The sub-title of her book … Continue reading

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On Twenty-First Century Learning

My grandmother, Dorothy Esther Roush Kuhlmann, grew up on a dairy farm in central Michigan. Her father, John Gabriel Roush, grew up on a grain farm, but decided with his wife, Emily Ann Gray Roush, to start a dairy farm … Continue reading

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On Helicopter Parenting

Helicopter parenting is an interesting term du jour. I’m not sure when I first heard it: perhaps a year or two ago. My favorite on-line encyclopedia tells me that a: Helicopter parent is a colloquial, early 21st-century term for a … Continue reading

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Aidan’s Questions

I came across this (former) même the other day and was amused. Aidan is my youngest. He’s 9 now (almost 10), but he was about 5 or 6 when he answered these questions. I find them sweet and developmentally fascinating. The … Continue reading

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Thoughts on His Confirmation, from Mom

This is what I read to Austin on the afternoon of his confirmation: Austin Gray Merck My firstborn. Your arrival made me a mother, which has been the greatest joy and the greatest challenge of my life. Fourteen years later, … Continue reading

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