parenting

Making and Owning Our Choices

2017-08-18T13:19:53-04:00November 1st, 2009|Personal|

On my daughter's 8th birthday she was baptized into our church. It was a wonderful day for our family, a hallmark within our family's religious tradition, a day she described "as the most important day of her life thus far". In addition (and as part of) its religious significance, this day marked Miranda's willingness to make and own her choices.

Exploring Possibilities and Presidential Politics

2017-08-18T13:19:58-04:00January 6th, 2008|Dare Dream Do, Personal|

On Saturday evening, my 11 year-old David announced, I think I'll watch the presidential debates. You will? My husband and I have talked about the upcoming election intermittently (upon telling our 7 year-old the basics of the democratic and republican platforms, she's already declared herself an Independent), but presidential politics isn't really part of our everyday patter. Until yesterday. Perhaps because early Friday morning, with the country astir over the Iowa caucuses, I thought -- wouldn't it be fun to attend a Mitt Romney town hall in advance of the New Hampshire primary, and wouldn't it be fun if David went with me. I'd never been to a political rally, neither had he, why not make this whole presidential campaign more tangible?

Children and the Call to Adventure

2017-08-18T13:19:58-04:00December 27th, 2007|Dare Dream Do, Personal|

My 11 year-old son, David, recently got a 100% on his geography test. I was thrilled. In part, because I've handed my own ambition to him (if he looks good, I look good), but it was more than that. David had studied, and because he'd studied, he knew the countries and capitals in Asia cold. In light of a conversation we'd had just a few weeks prior, this was quite important. Here's the redux. "David, you got an 18 out of 24 on your Wordly Wise exam. I don't quite understand how you can be so articulate and not do well on vocabulary tests."