Tag Archives: Literature

Please Fix Your Kids

“My son’s impulse control was a disaster,” my friend told me. “He couldn’t not push a button, run the water, poke the red ant.” I was sympathetic. “My son was incapable of sitting still while someone talked to him.” We were chatting about the days when our children were young—back when we both realized that […]

Tailor-Made Education

Homeschooling is great because you can tailor your child’s education to his/her interests and needs! But what does that even mean? I might give the impression that Darren and I craft every single lesson to each of our children’s interests and needs: “I noticed Sparkler’s attention wandering during math last week, so I’m writing out […]

Very Newbery Memories

“I don’t read Newbery books,” a friend said. “They’re all sad.” The Newbery Medal, first awarded in 1922, is bestowed upon “the most distinguished American children’s book published the previous year.” These are books that tackle difficult subjects that most children’s books pretend don’t exist: loss, hope, poverty, courage, death, perseverance, and maturity. Obviously they’re […]

The Book Is Better

You know you’re a bit of a nerd when one of the first moments that attracted you to your husband involved him humorously quoting a line from Shakespeare. Of course, I later learned that Shakespeare was not his favorite, but that didn’t matter so much. . . . The important thing was that he knew […]