A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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Helicopter, tigers and slackers, oh my!
Wednesday, 9 Feb, 2011 – 12:45 | Comments Off
Helicopter, tigers and slackers, oh my!

I am not a helicopter mom. In fact, once I get past freaking out at the amateurish nature of the guys’ “made it myself” art projects, I silently mock picture-perfect productions that scream parental micromanagement.
I …

A boy’s knees
Wednesday, 29 Dec, 2010 – 11:51 | One Comment
A boy’s knees

Just look at those knees, an older man proclaimed the other day at the barbershop as we waited for the guys’ semi-annual shearing. You can tell he’s active, he nodded approvingly. Those are a boy’s …

A SWAT for sucking the fun out of everything
Thursday, 28 Oct, 2010 – 21:54 | Comments Off
A SWAT for sucking the fun out of everything

I was about Big Guy’s age when apples again became the forbidden fruit.
I’m not sure where it happened, but I can guarantee you it wasn’t  in our town. I didn’t spend my childhood in Mayberry, …

Surviving typhoid and merry-go-rounds
Wednesday, 4 Aug, 2010 – 12:14 | 2 Comments
Surviving typhoid and merry-go-rounds

We’ve been away from the water for more than three weeks now, which is a relief because the incubation period for typhoid fever is 10 to 20 days.
Never mind that there are only about 400 …

Trying not to turn Air Force One into a helicopter
Thursday, 15 Apr, 2010 – 13:03 | Comments Off
Trying not to turn Air Force One into a helicopter

A funny thing happened on the way to the White House.
As he “researched” information for his first-ever report – one page on a historical site, with a picture from which he could create a drawing …

Recess and rules
Monday, 15 Mar, 2010 – 16:53 | 2 Comments
Recess and rules

It started out ugly yesterday afternoon, but it ended with a peace accord that made all sides happy.
Big Guy and a friend from school were playing tag at a park when another kid came along …

A SWAT for picking on the girlfriends when the problem is society
Thursday, 29 Oct, 2009 – 22:03 | Comments Off
A SWAT for picking on the girlfriends when the problem is society

I get what you’re saying, Mike Leach. I also get why you’re saying it.
Your rear’s so sore you probably still can’t sit after last weekend’s 52-30 butt-whoopin’ from in-state rival Texas A&M. A loss at …

Battling obesity one trick-or-treat basket at a time
Thursday, 29 Oct, 2009 – 14:40 | Comments Off
Battling obesity one trick-or-treat basket at a time

The best parenting advice I ever heard was from an older co-worker who’d raised three daughters.
“Don’t try to ban junk food,” he said. “It will backfire. They’ll sneak it on the sly anyway and wind …

Chill, people. It’s just a game
Wednesday, 21 Oct, 2009 – 22:52 | One Comment
Chill, people. It’s just a game

Officials in a Central California town had a great opportunity to teach near-adults a tremendous value lesson last week. Too bad they picked the wrong curriculum.
The event was the football game between cross-town rivals, …

Taking away the cupcakes a sure way to kick up a ruckus
Wednesday, 14 Oct, 2009 – 22:37 | 2 Comments
Taking away the cupcakes a sure way to kick up a ruckus

Note to the West Babylon School District in Long Island: Thank you for your concern for children with food allergies, but your ban on home-baked goodies doesn’t help them in the least.
Sure, you specified that …

Evil, evil candles and the parents who use them
Tuesday, 13 Oct, 2009 – 13:47 | 4 Comments
Evil, evil candles and the parents who use them

Confession from a careless mom: Yes, I use candles. I used them on birthday cakes and jack o’lanterns and every night at dinner.
And I’m going to keep doing it no matter how many people call …

Avoiding a ride on the homework helicopter
Friday, 18 Jul, 2008 – 6:52 | Comments Off
Avoiding a ride on the homework helicopter

I seized up in sickened horror the second I saw the sweetie in the flowery pink dress holding a mom’s hand outside Big Guy’s classroom. The gold sequins on her frock mocked me as they flashed in the morning sun, her bright smile taunting.

Dear God, it’s only Tuesday. How could that kid have finished the week’s homework assignment already? It’s not even due until Friday.

A cacophony of guilt roared in my head. Slacker mom! Why didn’t you jump on it the first night? How could you even think of letting Big Guy color his own manilla folder gingerbread man when this mom had lovingly cut a fabric triangle to fashion a dress? Don’t you love your kids? Don’t you want his first homework assignment to look as cool as his classmate’s.

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