From the monthly archives:

November 2008

My youngest’s got a fedora and a cane…

November 8, 2008 no manual for parenting

Tweet Son: Hey, do you know the name of my cane? Us: No. What? Son: John McCain! (Confession: he was, for the longest time, pro-McCain. There, I said it. He actually cried over this several times pre-election day. His mind was set on McCain because he saw a lot of the commercials by the GOP […]

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Obama calls himself a Mutt and I have two!

November 8, 2008 this i believe

Tweet Is it wrong to have hero worship towards a politician? Ever since the night of Nov. 4, I have been walking through the clouds. Elated, of course, but that feeling also comes from my disbelief that we actually did it. Or rather, he actually did it! And of course, we all know there is […]

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Mom redeemed herself from being the Worst Mom of the Year…

November 4, 2008 no manual for parenting

Tweet … by dumpster diving for child’s missing homework! Thank goodness they are not perfect…

Questions I ask myself every day (No.1)

November 3, 2008 no manual for parenting

Tweet Just because I am aware of my inadequacy as a mother, I am able to make fun of myself and I give myself the title “Bad Mommy of the Year”, does it absolve me for doing a bad job bringing up my children? If I call myself out as a criminal, does it make […]

Overheard at my house (Episode 1)

November 3, 2008 no manual for parenting

Tweet Scene: after mommy serves them breakfast (oatmeal) with loud bang on the table and great indignation and runs upstairs to take her 1-minute shower before they have to rush to their first activity on a Sunday morning… 5-year-old boy: I wish mommy is less mean. Do you wish mommy is less mean, Older Brother? […]

So, how do you explain Roe vs. Wade to a 10-year-old boy??

November 3, 2008 no manual for parenting

Tweet Am I a bad mom? Sometimes I worry that in an effort to bring up children that are progressive, tolerant, self-aware, and self-reliant, and to make sure that they become “contributing members of a civil society” in the future, I may have pulled a cloud over their childhood. If they are fortunate enough to […]

What I learned from my 5th grader’s homework this weekend…

November 3, 2008 imho is just a polite way to say I know you don't give a hoot what I think but I'm going to say it anyway

Tweet My 10-year-old came home with a 10-page homework packet last week, a research report on this presidential election. (Let me not start with the fact that the packet is from 1997 and asks for an example of a printed ad in newspaper or magazine. I don’t remember the last time I saw any candidate […]