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Playground Skirmish

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We were at a birthday party the other day. It’s the usual thing. Cookies and cakes, lots of fun stuff to play with and climb on. A good time is being had by all, though there are a few...
My life has not been one of regrets. Sure, I wish I would have gotten over my stage fright and tried out for one of my high school plays, and in retrospect selling my trusty bass amp to buy...

Bed Bug 101

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It starts like any other nightmare. Everything is normal. Everything is going just fine. Then it isn’t fine. We were about to put our 4 year old son to bed with a snuggle and a story. I reached down to pick up...

Sippy Cups Are The Worst

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If I were one of those people who had a mortal enemy, I would have to say it is Richard Belanger. I suppose I should mention that I’ve actually met Mr. Belanger, and he has never done anything to...
I’ve always wanted to teach in an inner-city school. The second I got in front of my classroom, something amazing happened. Those kids, they weren’t just ‘the kids.’ They were now ‘my kids’. Regardless of how we look different,...

Parenting Advice

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I am not the sort of person who usually solicits parenting advice. By that, I mean, at no point in my life have I ever had a conversation in which I asked anybody for insight about raising my children...
In the summer of 2007, long before I became a parent, I was participating in a teaching residency program in the City of Chicago. There, I met a fellow teacher named Chad who said something that has stuck with...
The Personal Connection As we have been talking about for awhile, there are a lot of ways to develop an appreciation for reading and literacy in the lives of our children. So many people fail to develop that habit as...
Dashell Raymond Roy was born on a Tuesday. It was a beautiful Tuesday. It is really hard to take a step back and describe the experience, mainly because it’s not about me. I suppose I could try and muster of...
Odds are you don’t know me. If you did know me, you would quickly recognize that I probably qualify as a textbook introvert. If you are interested in what being a textbook introvert entails, author Susan Cain has an excellent...

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