What Was Wrong With Traditional Halloween?

A few weeks ago I chanced to see a book and figure about a Halloween witch. This witch, you see, needs your candy. If you don't give her the candy you trick or treated for, her pet will die. Or her broomsticks need it for energy. Or something. I saw a couple different kinds. I'm not … Continue reading What Was Wrong With Traditional Halloween?

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Introvert Parent, Extrovert Kid

I'm a writer, with naturally introverted tendencies. Sure, I can call out my extrovert once in a while when I'm speaking in public (which I actually enjoy!) or whatnot. But generally, I fritz out when there's too much activity. Right now, my kids are at three different schools, and just driving and doing the basics … Continue reading Introvert Parent, Extrovert Kid

The Introverts vs. the Extroverts

Luckily, understanding these differences has helped. I know my son and I need to have a fair amount of decompression time, alone. I know my youngest daughter needs to have far (far) more activities and social time than I require. I know my eldest can go either way, depending on her mood. I know my husband likes to be out and about more. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy activities, too, but I get tired quicker. And so my husband and I can facilitate these preferences for our kids, and for each other. It’s probably actually a good thing we have these different personalities, because it forces us to find a bit of balance.

Dealing with Annoying People: Kid Edition

Yesterday, the Boy complained that a kid in his class was bothering him. “He makes fun of my name,” he said. “How so?” I flashed to Cadillac’s description of pretty much every male, from high school to basic training, making fun of the last name. The name caused the drill sergeant, apparently, to double over … Continue reading Dealing with Annoying People: Kid Edition