May 2011

“The Story of Stuff” with Kids

May 26, 2011

School ends tomorrow, as I write this.  We don’t have much in the way of camps or full-day activities set up for the kids, part of the me-not-working decision.  (See previous post.)  Instead we undertake what I refer to as Mom Camp.  Just me and my three friends exploring Boulder’s vast holdings.  (Let’s hope they […]

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Invisible Family Economics

May 19, 2011

When I was working, certain things were easier – to explain at least.  When I received a paycheck, the amount I brought to our family financially was right there in black and white.  I don’t mean to imply that all things were easier when I was working.  You see I am not a skilled multi-tasker.  […]

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Setting Goals: Unexpected Results

May 12, 2011

Summer vacation is right around the corner.  I always get a little panicky this time of year.  The entire summer yawns out before us.  And my three energetic kids rarely transition smoothly into its less-structured rhythms. Recently I saw something that encouraged me to put a tad more structure into our wide-open summer. I was […]

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Don’t Eat That Marshmallow Or You’ll Hurt Your S.A.T. Scores!

May 5, 2011

Setting:  Our family computer Stephen (12):  “I want to show you something awesome Ben taught me to do on Google Earth!” Daniel (10):  “I got here first!  I want to watch that YouTube video Colin sent me!” Annie (7):  “Well, I need to check the weather!”  (This is the only thing we allow Annie to […]

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