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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When Accelerated Reader slams on the brakes
Friday, 10 Feb, 2012 – 11:36 | 2 Comments
When Accelerated Reader slams on the brakes

It’s a good thing Accelerated Reader wasn’t around when I was in third grade. I doubt there would have been AR tests for the Perry Mason novels I loved.
For unindoctrinated uninitiated, Accelerated Reader bills itself …

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 …

Summer reading in three-part harmony
Wednesday, 26 May, 2010 – 15:11 | Comments Off
Summer reading in three-part harmony

Mom’s Two Commandments of Summer: Thou shalt stay out of my hair in the mornings so I can work, and thou shalt read and like it.
It’s a given that the first is not going to …

Making up for a misspent youth
Thursday, 25 Mar, 2010 – 12:12 | 2 Comments
Making up for a misspent youth

It started a few months ago with just one “for the kids” – but, then, isn’t that what they all say.
Three weeks later, I went back for me but I was careful to obscure them …

Capt. Jack Sparrow, professor emeritus
Wednesday, 24 Mar, 2010 – 11:48 | Comments Off
Capt. Jack Sparrow, professor emeritus

It started out innocently, when Big Guy brought home a “Pirates of the Caribbean” book as part of his voluntary school reading program – a program that became much more interesting, by the way, once …

Reading Dad his bedtime story
Monday, 22 Feb, 2010 – 13:18 | Comments Off
Reading Dad his bedtime story

Big Guy came home excited after library day at school a few weeks ago – not that he isn’t usually excited, because the library is like shopping, only everything is free.
This time, though, he’d scored …

Rolling along with sight words. So what.
Thursday, 17 Dec, 2009 – 14:14 | Comments Off
Rolling along with sight words. So what.

A full eight months before he’s to start kindergarten, Boots already knows a half-dozen “sight” words.
I’d never say this to his face because it would break his little heart, but so what?
Yeah, yeah. I know. …

Forget about the book – there’s a video game
Monday, 6 Oct, 2008 – 10:59 | 2 Comments
Forget about the book – there’s a video game

Maybe it’s partly out of lingering bitterness at having my butt kicked at PacMan during freshman orientation — hand-eye coordination never has been my strong point.
Whatever the reason, this trend of tying children’s books to …

A bribe by any other name convinces Big Guy to read
Monday, 14 Jul, 2008 – 7:29 | Comments Off

Big Guy roared through the door with a fire up his fanny, barreling past me to the bookcase. He picked the biggest volume he could find — a 13-book Dr. Seuss compilation — and lugging it to the living room.

“”Mom, I almost forgot. We have to do a reading lesson every day now — teacher says.”"

His next words, though, wiped the Chester Cheetah grin off my face. “”I have to learn to read so they’ll give me a book.”"

Uh-oh. Four days of kindergarten under his belt and the school system already had corrupted him with one of my pet peeves: The bribe.

I readily admit I’m a bit — no, a lot — sanctimonious on this point. No one bribes me to do my job every day — the state of the newspaper business of