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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Bad Kitty’s the purrfect read
Tuesday, 29 Mar, 2011 – 13:15 | Comments Off
Bad Kitty’s the purrfect read

In this corner we have Big Guy, who’s bored with every book I bring home and isn’t fond of fiction.
In this corner we have Boots, who could devour Step 3 books if he wanted to, …

Whose Kindle is it anyway?
Thursday, 3 Mar, 2011 – 13:23 | Comments Off
Whose Kindle is it anyway?

As I unloaded a trunkload of guy goodies last week, a tiny chunk of petulant poutiness came sneaking up from my gut. It worked its way to my throat, where it stuck for the next …

Reading books about stuff
Thursday, 17 Feb, 2011 – 13:33 | One Comment
Reading books about stuff

Though he’s finished all the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books and the 10-volume “39 Clues” series – does that make it 390 Clues? – Big Guy is not much on stories. He has a …

It doesn’t take a miracle. It only takes a book
Wednesday, 5 Jan, 2011 – 18:00 | 3 Comments
It doesn’t take a miracle. It only takes a book

Mommy, am I Student A or Student B, Big Guy asked.
Huh?
Am I Student A or Student B, out of the ones in my school folder.
I was stunned that he’d read his school folder, especially given …

Shhhhhh! Don’t tell him he’s doing extra homework
Thursday, 16 Dec, 2010 – 10:07 | 3 Comments
Shhhhhh! Don’t tell him he’s doing extra homework

Like most of my instances of parenting genius, this one was pure dumb luck, too. Not to mention laziness.
It was a Sunday night at the end of a hectic weekend, and I just did not …

Over the moon about Molly – but is the trip worth it?
Wednesday, 10 Mar, 2010 – 12:36 | One Comment
Over the moon about Molly – but is the trip worth it?

I’m certain it was the bright-blue goggle-eyed pug on the cover that drew Big Guy’s attention. The fact that I was trying to steer him to what I thought was more age-appropriate reading material – …

Thank you, Junie B. Jones, for making reading fun again
Tuesday, 5 Jan, 2010 – 12:05 | Comments Off
Thank you, Junie B. Jones, for making reading fun again

Big Guy had big news just before the holidays. He’d been promoted to the hot-pink dots under the school library color-coded system for deciphering reading levels, meaning he now was allowed to check out “chapter …

The household-object story challenge
Wednesday, 9 Dec, 2009 – 12:58 | Comments Off
The household-object story challenge

Used to be I thought the weirdest story assignment I’d ever tackled was in seventh grade, when the teacher told us to write about what life would be like inside a ping-pong ball.
That was before …

Making reading a race
Thursday, 3 Dec, 2009 – 12:51 | 2 Comments
Making reading a race

There are two things I like about the new voluntary reading program at Big Guy’s school, which involves his teacher sending home two books that the kids read until they can complete the text without …

If you buy a kid a book …
Saturday, 6 Jun, 2009 – 16:12 | 3 Comments
If you buy a kid a book …

Confession: I never bought the cookie dough – Big Guy was allergic anyway, and much of it was recalled during the Peanut Corp. of America sweep so I’m glad I didn’t buy it even as …

Richard Scarry is scary
Wednesday, 20 May, 2009 – 13:31 | Comments Off
Richard Scarry is scary

Kool-Aid. The ice cream truck. Potted meat.
Funny how some things you loved as a kid just don’t resonate as an adult. Add Richard Scarry to the list.
Sadly, Big Guy has been on a Richard Scarry …

Thinking like a 3-year-old, by George
Thursday, 26 Feb, 2009 – 11:38 | Comments Off
Thinking like a 3-year-old, by George

Seems that the older I get, the more I lose my ability to think like a child.
I still get the imaginative part no problem, which means I’m pretty quick on the uptake when Boots is …

Blatantly feeding the guys’ addiction – to books
Friday, 30 Jan, 2009 – 11:47 | Comments Off
Blatantly feeding the guys’ addiction – to books

She came to Big Guy’s school Tuesday with an agenda, and he fell hard for the sales pitch.
“Mom, the lady talked to our class today, and you have to fill this out. We have to …

Children’s books the present that keeps on giving
Thursday, 18 Dec, 2008 – 21:07 | Comments Off
Children’s books the present that keeps on giving

A version of this post was originally written for another site a year ago, when the guys were 4 and 2. Their book preferences have shifted since — Big Guy’s more interested in “Your Favorite …

9to5to9: Seuss, joy of boy’s desiring
Thursday, 9 Oct, 2008 – 0:56 | Comments Off
9to5to9: Seuss, joy of boy’s desiring

I was shocked when I opened Big Guy’s backpack after school. No huge book?
Wednesday’s library day for the kindergarteners. Every week he picks a big honking book about big honking machines — boy stuff …

Evil lurking in the libraries
Sunday, 1 Jun, 2008 – 19:24 | Comments Off

In a few years, once the horror of what I almost did to my children passes, I’ll laugh at my parenting naïveté. But not now, while I’m shell-shocked at the gravity of my mistake, one that almost permanently damaged my little innocents.

See, I had always thought books were good things, and I believed “Guess How Much I Love You” was one of the best.

It’s a sweet, simple story of love between a father rabbit and his son. The two bounce through meadows and along rivers, each trying to out-bounce and out-love the other as Little Nutbrown Hare pulls out every trick in the little boy book on avoiding bedtime. Finally, he falls asleep and Big Nutbrown Hare nestles beside him and whispers, “I love you right up the moon and back.”

The only criticism I had of the book was my pronunciation problem. Until I got used to reading it aloud, daddy rabbit’s name often came out “Big Buttbrown Hare.” Not exactly the sentiment the author intended.

Or maybe he did. I’m much more enlightened now that I’ve read the truth about the book on amazon.com’s review area.