The latest in the conversations with kids series: Elaina [8 years old]: Jesus! Give me a monkey! Me: . . . . what? Elaina: Oh. Jesus. Please give me a monkey. Me: What are you talking about? Elaina [with poorly concealed impatience]: I'm ASKING JESUS for a MONKEY, Daddy. Me: Jesus is not a monkey-god. […]
Only parental stuff. Mushy. Nothing to see here.
Nothing speechy or pony-related or political here to see. Mushy stuff. Move along.
Child #1 is in seventh grade. His school (my old school) gives a lot of homework and aggressively pushes writing. Good. He has access to computers at home, but we think it would be helpful for him to have something he can use to work on assignments. We're contemplating a Microsoft Surface. The original one […]
I'm a bad person, at least according to Alison Benedikt of Slate. No, it's not for any of the excellent reasons you're thinking about right now. It's because I'm sending two of my three kids to private school.
My eldest is about to start seventh grade at my old school. He now has his mother's used iPhone, and texts quite a bit. We monitor internet use on the phone (we have a program that sends a weekly email — he's gotten busted for watching YouTube after lights out, but not for content), and […]
Nothing funny or legal or dramatic to see here. Mushy stuff. Move along.
The return of the NFL is cool. Watching Stanford crush Duke is cool. But not as cool as watching four-year-old girls, like a a pile of unusually undisciplined puppies, try to move a soccer ball down a field on a warm September day.
A quick bleg: has anyone put a kid through a school-based language immersion program, particularly at the elementary level? If so, can you post your impressions of it, or drop me a line? We may have an opportunity to put dear little Elaina, Destroyer of Worlds into a Mandarin immersion program at an elementary school […]
Yesterday my eight-year-old daughter schooled my sorry ass at Mario Kart Wii. She did so even though her strategy mostly involved deliberately crashing into hazards. The word "pwnage" was invoked. By her. Against me. That's what my life is like now. Evan's already a dedicated gamer. Abby's less hardcore, but with a family with so […]