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The Last Post

It’s been over a year since I posted, and this post will be the last. I’ve had a lot of fun here and learnt a great deal from all the people I’ve come into contact with through blogging, but since my very … Continue reading

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Gender Stereotyping: Princesses are the Least of My Worries

“I’m the princess and you’re the prince. So we have to get married.” It is of no concern to Carla that her favorite tennis coach is already married and six times her age, but it is apparent to me and … Continue reading

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Summer Break Day 1

Carla, my five year old, decides to do something to herself that’s going to take another five years to put right. She offers no explanation. This is going to be a long summer.  

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Allowances: Studies vs Common Sense

The words ‘studies show’ almost never bode well in any online discussion. Rarely supported by references to actual studies, it’s a phrase invariably deployed by anonymous, self-professed ‘experts’ to stifle healthy debate. Even in a well written article, ‘studies show’ frequently … Continue reading

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Why I Stopped my Kids’ Allowance

We need to teach our children about money and how it works, partly to curb their short term demands on us, but mainly for their own long term benefit. When I was growing up, the usual parental tactic was to … Continue reading

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Tips up at the Keystone Resort, Colorado

First Time Skiing for all the Family I’m not sure what just happened, but this feels like a good time to pause for reflection and appreciate the view. A swathe of pines, sharply defined in monochrome, separates the distant haze of … Continue reading

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Two to Do in Boston

This year we decide to spend Thanksgiving in Boston. The Floridians don’t react to this idea with the same incredulity that they did to Thanksgiving in Houston or going to Arizona in July, but we are warned that, in contrast to … Continue reading

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Book Review: King Matt the First by Janusz Korczak

This is the first review of fiction that I haven’t been paid or otherwise obligated to write, but I’m posting it because this is the best book we’ve read to our eight-year-old to date. ‘King Matt is a fable that … Continue reading

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Not So Itsy Bitsy Spiders

My Facebook friends already know that we had a large, eight-legged and most unwelcome visitor a couple of weeks ago… Fortunately for the spider, it is discovered by my son and not my daughter. Carla’s somewhat direct approach to problem-solving … Continue reading

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A Hefty Fine, Traffic School and a Ton of Junk Mail

I’ve written about driving in Florida before, but I stopped short of expressing my opinion that some speed limits in Florida are too low. Dead straight, three lane carriageways flanked by vast grass verges with no pedestrians or residential buildings … Continue reading

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