Category Archives: Life Skills

“The Story of Stuff” with Kids

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 … Continue reading

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Invisible Family Economics

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 … Continue reading

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Fall-back Skills

A few years back, I got my haircut from a woman new to our local salon.  She looked quite young, and later told me she was a part-time college student in her late twenties who cut hair 2 days a … Continue reading

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Digging the Whole Hole: Home Improvement Projects with Kids

We all know those people who are really good with their hands, though this is not their paid work.  Like my neighbor, Danny, who built a chicken coop last Fall, or my brother-in-law, David, who created built-in bookshelves spanning his … Continue reading

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