October 2010

Boys Babysitting: Kim Was Right.

October 27, 2010

Last autumn, we were at our local park with our neighbor, Kim and her children, Jessie (3) and Ben (4).  It was one of those outings which unfolded smoothly (no screaming, no bleeding, no excluding).  Little Jessie informed my 11 year-old that she was going to the prom with him when she was a big […]

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Family Train Trip

October 20, 2010

When we stepped up onto the California Zephyr in Denver one hot July evening, my family had no idea what to expect. I’d booked the trip on the strength of fond childhood memories of chugging up the Northeast Corridor in the 1970s, in the infancy of Amtrak. My husband, Todd, had no such memories to […]

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An Attitude of Gratitude: Teaching Children to be Grateful

October 15, 2010

I dread the school Book Fair!  Three times a year some company sends our elementary school a sort of “Book Fair in a box” which is set up in our library. I realize these Book Fairs make money for our school and, for this reason I should buy from them.  And because this Fair is […]

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Contagious Bicycling: Our Behavior Can Affect Others We Don’t Even Know

October 12, 2010

Remember those superlative awards given out senior year of high school – Most Individual, Most Spirited?  The other day while engaged in a rather mind-numbing task, I designated some of these to my family members – Most Likely to Break Out In Song, for example, my 7 year-old daughter, Annie.  My sons’ took a bit […]

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Imaginary Enemies: The Importance of Losing All Track of Time

October 6, 2010

I looked out into the backyard a while back and saw Stephen, my 10 year-old, flying across the grass on a yellow Hippity Hop, scowling fiercely. He wore his bike helmet and a knight’s breast plate made of plastic.  He held the Hippity Hop’s handle with one hand, and in the other, he grasped a […]

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