Category Archives: parentling

Tiger Mom on a Snowboard

Ronan and I rode up Mammoth’s Chair 1 together at the end of Memorial Day.  It was sunny and I could see skiers and snowboarders making their way down the mountain.  Ronan had been shredding the lower half all day. … Continue reading

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Shedding Dilema

Last week I bought my kids snowboard rigs at Wave Rave – snowboarding mecca – in Mammoth, CA.  My twentysomething sales guy, Jeff, who like everyone who works there lives for the ride, helped me with the math: 20% off … Continue reading

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Cursing Update

I failed. First, I decided it only mattered if I cursed in front of the kids.  We all know I couldn’t drive properly using words like “fudger” or “sugar-head.”  Certainly, I couldn’t expect to play a tennis match, let alone … Continue reading

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Lent

As some of you know, I gave up cursing for Lent.  I am now 4 days in. I have a few questions: If I curse in the car, with the windows rolled up and radio on, does it count? What … Continue reading

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Recommendation From My Bosses — Ronan and Tess

On the eve of my 20th college reunion, I am considering returning to school.  I might have to take the GREs, for which I’ve been preparing by helping my son with his 5th grade homework.  I will have to write … Continue reading

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Pain In The Ear

“Hey Mamma?”  Ronan said from the back seat as I was driving him to his allergy shot.  I had just dropped Tess and her friend off at CCD (she’s preparing for her First Communion)  — we had an hour and … Continue reading

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Dream Machine

When I was little, I suffered from nightmares.  In order to fall asleep, I came up with a system: I imagined that inside my brain, there was a dream spiral.  A bad thought, maybe a monster from a movie or … Continue reading

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Christmas List Recap

Today I took the lights off my roof.   I could see downtown in the distance, sticking up over the tops of the leafy trees, and I admit it, I felt that Christmas-is-over sadness, just like when I was a … Continue reading

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Doggy Dog World

I was walking Pepper with my kids the other day after school.  Ronan was skateboarding, Pepper was harassing Tess at the end of her leash, when we ran into another family from our school – a dad with 2 kids, … Continue reading

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Strep Child

Got a call from school today: “Tess isn’t feeling well.  She wants to go home.” “Does she have a fever?” “No.  She says she has a sore throat and her tummy hurts.” I was on my way back from a … Continue reading

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