Category Archives: child development

Being Present in the Dark

The room is dark and my eyelids flutter. My baby, who is in my arms, squirms and calls out, shrieking, then whimpering. I startle awake and gaze down at him, taking in his round cheeks and elfin nose. His eyes are … Continue reading

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6 More Things My Baby Reminds Me of that are not Babies

My younger son has a remarkable ability to inspire comparisons to non-human creatures. While his smile is quite human – and adorable to boot – the noises and gestures he makes often aren’t. As he’s moved from a newborn who … Continue reading

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Scenes from a Winter Vacation

“This is the last Christmas we’re all going to be together!” my mother-in-law opines each year. This year, it was finally true. My parents left upstate New York last summer and my in-laws will be moving out West in the … Continue reading

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What Worked and What Didn’t For My Parenting in 2016

Before we can look forward to our New Years resolutions, it’s useful to reflect back, examining what worked and what didn’t this year. In the best case scenario, you know what to continue; at worst, you know what to stop … Continue reading

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Why Our Kids Aren’t Our Accomplishments

The overly cheerful Christmas letter is a relentlessly parodied cliche. Yet it and its cousin, the perfectly cultivated Facebook feed, call to us: “You want us, don’t you? Your life should be like this. Your kids should be like this.” And then … Continue reading

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Teaching Kids How to Serve Others at Christmas Time

“Did they have a home?” Sprout asked me. I had just finished telling him the Christmas story. “Yes, they did have a home after that,” I said, skipping the whole “escaping into Egypt” bit. While his question surprised me, it … Continue reading

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The “But Why?” Phase

I have to be the only parent in history looking forward to my kid’s “Why?” stage. I imagined a whole universe of learning lying ahead of us. I’d answer questions until I ran out of answers and then we’d look … Continue reading

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