I’m not very careful with kids

May 18, 2010
Fern up on my shoulders

Pretty much every day, I take one of the most precious items in my life — my baby daughter — and toss her bodily up into the skylight. Y’know? Fern got a massive batch of splinters on her heel the other day, from playing barefoot on a wooden play structure. Three baths, a soak, and […]

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We Need More Male Teachers

May 3, 2010

I’m teaching one day a week at Fern’s nursery school — it’s a co-op, so once a week I bring in some activity I’ve invented, or, more often, something I used to teach to my older kids when I was still doing outdoor education. Actually, usually I find the activities on the Internet. But I […]

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Megatron! Boner! Turbocharger! And Other Words Men Say.

May 1, 2010

Sorry about the title, but I’m trying to overcome my genderanalyzer.com rating: Eighty-four percent? Sheesh, I guess it’s time to trot out a booty-call, A-Rod, Hooters burgers, four-on-the-floor kind of post. Or maybe just stop writing about my kids. That’s so female.

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The Girl Who Saves Dryer Lint

April 28, 2010

I contemplate the garbage. Every time I throw something away, I have to consider: can anything visible be construed as treasure? And Fern, god love her, can sure construe. Tonight I excavated from what Fern calls my “treasure pocket” the following haul: four Band-Aid wrappers, a sheet of clear plastic wrap, the hanging tag from […]

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I Like Crying Children

April 26, 2010

I was at a nursery school event some months ago, just hanging out by the climbing dome, when a small girl hit her head on a bar and started to wail. The girl’s mom wasn’t immediately available — this is an enclosed and locked play yard, so we often work under “village rules.” So, being […]

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