The Pen is Mightier

The Pen is Mightier
My younger son’s note to his big brother.

While my boys generally get along well, like all siblings they sometimes squabble with each other.  The other day when we were cleaning up my [then] three-year-old’s room to prepare for his birthday party, I found the above message on his shelf.  It was clear he had taken the time to write something, but I wasn’t aware that he could spell (let alone write!) words other than his name, and so I wasn’t certain what – if anything – he was trying to communicate. … Continue reading

Thought for the Day: Huxley

Thought for the Day: Huxley

 

If you’ve spent time with a young child, you’ll know that they bring enthusiasm to everything they do.  My 3-year-old dances through his days.  To him, all of life is a game and an adventure and a song.

 

And when I take a moment to pause and see things from his perspective, I see that he is right.  Indeed, all around me there is wonder and joy and beauty. … Continue reading

Thought for the Day: Nietzsche

Thought for the Day: Nietzsche

 

Life isn’t always easy.  And those tough times, both internal and external, help us to learn and grow and to see the world in new ways.  May we treasure our struggle and strife for the beauty they bring.  May we all give birth to a dancing star.

 

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” —Friedrich Nietzsche… Continue reading

Thought for the Day: Jane Austen

Thought for the Day: Jane Austen

 

Spending time outdoors is a great way to refresh your mind and body.  Whether you’re taking a walk, playing outside, or simply sitting under a tree and enjoying the quiet, it’s good to be outside.  Taking a quiet walk outside is one of my favorite ways to calm my mind and to refresh my spirit.

 

And with the coming of spring – here in our little patch of the Colorado Rockies it feels like spring has already arrived, although I know we’re not done with snow yet – it’s easier to spend time outdoors.… Continue reading

Thought for the Day: Shaw

Thought for the Day: Shaw

 

Playfulness and laughter are good for the heart and good for the mind.  With two young boys in the house, laughing and playing are part of our daily life.

 

It’s all too easy, when I feel tired or busy or frustrated, to skip out on the fun and play and focus instead on completing the tasks before me.  And while taking care of necessary business is important, I often remind myself that it’s also important to engage in and cultivate playfulness in life. … Continue reading

Fractions, Compassion, and Sharing

Fractions, Compassion, and SharingMy son approached me and asked, “I can’t remember which is bigger: one-half or one-twelfth?”

 

This, of course, led to an impromptu math lesson.  We talked about fractions.  I explained that the denominator – the bottom number – of a fraction tells you how many equal parts something is divided into.  I explained that the numerator – the top number – of a fraction tells you how many of those equal parts you’re discussing.… Continue reading

Toilet Readiness, or Remembering to Simply Trust your Child

Toilet Readiness, or Remembering to Simply Trust your Child
Our remaining cloth diaper stash, ready to pack up and give away.

Whenever the topic of potty training comes up (and it does when you hang out with other parents of young children), I joke that our dog toilet-trained my oldest son.  And I say it only half in jest.  One night when I was cooking dinner, my son – at age 2.5 – came in and announced, “I peed outside, just like Mazel[-dog].”  He declared that he wanted to wear underwear, and he was going to pee outside like the dog all the time. … Continue reading