Our son Nicholas is seven years old now and sometimes puts up a fuss about brushing his teeth, but he's nowhere near as resistant as he was when he was a toddler, and the lesson I learned then still seems to apply. Soon after his teeth emerged and we started brushing them, the novelty wore … Continue reading Things Not To Do: Toddler Toothbrushing Edition
It's an age-old battle of the sexes (well, at least as old as toilets with hinged seats): When a male has raised the toilet seat, should he then lower it, showing courtesy to females sharing the bathroom? or should the female take responsibility for checking the position of the seat before she uses it, showing … Continue reading The Toilet Seat Position Problem, Solved!
Sometimes I have trouble thinking of a good name for a recipe, especially when it's something I have been making for myself without talking to anybody about it, because in my mind it can be called "kind of like what I made the other day" or "mmmmm" or "RY3A0128" or whatever. The name for today's … Continue reading Summer Vegetable Sunflower Blop
THIS IS A THOUGHT YOU MUST NEVER THINK: Hey, it's really great how I am focusing on my work, not like last Friday when I got "Total Eclipse of the Heart" stuck in my head and couldn't get rid of it and it was driving me nuts. Forever's gonna start tonight! has taken on a … Continue reading Things Not To Do: Song in Your Head Edition
This is one of my favorite games. I like to build these maps using the cards I designed in 2001. I must have built hundreds of suburban developments by now, but I have never posted enough photos to give a clear idea of what this free card game is really like. At first, it may … Continue reading Welcome to Earth Suburb.
Children younger than 2 years old should not watch any television at all. The experts have been saying this for more than a decade, yet a lot of the parents I know think this is such an absurd idea that nobody could possibly comply with it. We did. Almost. We occasionally took Nicholas to restaurants … Continue reading Babies and Television
We've been having two main problems with our seven-year-old Nicholas since he was about three. Recently, I thought of a new strategy that just may be working to solve both problems! One problem is that Nicholas is sometimes rude, bossy, and defiant. Not all the time. Sometimes he's quite a delightful companion for hours at … Continue reading Treasure Chest