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    The Right Time

    “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.”

    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

    When I lived with a family in India, the children and their parents were NEVER apart. One evening I asked my host, Patrick, if he and his wife ever […]

    Allow me

    “The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.”

    Abraham Lincoln

    On this, the eve of Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be appropriate to share a little love story. We typically shower those close to us with kindness and affection, but how often do we ‘choose […]

    Load Your Brushes

    “It doesn’t make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.”

    Jackson Pollock

    How long has it been since you painted a picture? I’m always facilitating artistic activities for Pip, and […]

    Uncle Steve

    “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.”

    C.S. Lewis

    We had a house-guest recently; my husband’s good friend Steve, who was also the best man at our wedding. Steve isn’t a father, (yet,) but he has a […]

    Foul mouths

    “Profanity is the common crutch of the conversational cripple.”

    David Kueck

    As my little family arrived at our favourite river-swimming hole, we were greeted with the sound of boisterous male voices having a conversation that was punctuated with profanity. They were across the river from us, but their voices carried as […]

    Baby Steps

    “Too many people grow up. That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.”

    Walt Disney

    Fig is making big, bold, beautiful steps toward independence. She’s walking, talking, napping without nursing, and the other day we took our first ‘baby-carrier-less’ hike. It’s true. No stroller, no […]

    Progress

    “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

    George Bernard Shaw

    Get this: Fig has gone down for her nap three days in a row without me, or my breasts.

    Here’s how things have gone down:

    Big Daddy-O takes the girls out for a […]

    Chores

    “Genius is one-percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

    Thomas Edison

    When I find myself drowning in the deep sea of household chores, I marvel at the fact that, in the fourth grade, I envied my best friend Nadine because she had chores. In my eyes, Nadine’s chores gave her a status […]

    Moments

    “Use your precious moments to live life fully every single second of every single day.”

    Marcai Wieder

    I overheard my husband having a little moment the other day. He was eating breakfast with the girls and I was in the bathroom getting ready for an appointment. Fig was sitting on his […]

    Nuns and Squirrels

    “My way of joking is to tell the truth. It’s the funniest joke in the world.”

    George Bernard Shaw

    I was teaching the parts of speech to a class of third grade students once and I asked the question, “Who knows what a noun is?”

    Trevor put up his hand and […]