Get On the Ball!

Get On the Ball!

Over this Thanksgiving holiday I had occasion to get out on a tennis court with my 6-year-old daughter. I was standing at the net feeding her some soft shots, and she was doing her best to hit them back. All at once she smacked a really good shot back over the net that went right [...]

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Show Me The Money

Show Me The Money

I have an arrangement with my daughter, now 6, that if she performs a few regular chores in her room (bed-making, cleaning up) I will provide her a weekly allowance. We had recently been to the bank together to set up a savings account for her, and she was excited about the prospect of putting [...]

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Feelin’ the Love…

Feelin’ the Love…

I sat down at the breakfast table next to my 4 year old daughter.  Looking over at her, I felt a great deal of love for her welling up inside.  I caught her eyes and said “I love you SO much.”  She looked up at me and, with great sincerity, said “I love mommy.”

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Perception is Reality

Perception is Reality

My wife went out on a weeknight to visit with some friends, leaving me at home with responsibility for the full bedtime “routine” with our kids.  My wife was ADAMANT about my daughter (then 5) being IN BED, LIGHTS OUT at 8:30.  The evening went very smoothly.  Homework and baths were done.  Everyone was happy. [...]

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Creative Scorekeeping

Creative Scorekeeping

One of my children – who shall remain nameless – reported to my wife and myself a recent test outcome saying: “The teacher took off 10 points for the problem I missed, but if you disregard that, I got a 100!”

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Gotta Dash!

Gotta Dash!

At age 3, one of my youngest daughter’s favorite activities was to sit in the front seat of her mom’s car and press or turn every last button and dial on the dashboard.  After each session, either my wife or I would have to put everything back in order.  One afternoon, with my daughter still [...]

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