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Trouble Maker? You talking to me?

January 21, 2010 no manual for parenting

Tweet Sometimes I wonder whether the teachers talk about the parents amongst themselves. I would probably be known as “Trouble Maker”. My favorite moment was when I confronted approached the principal at the Thanksgiving Feast: “Could I safely assume that the headpieces the children are wearing are ‘turkeys’ and not ‘head dresses’?” I used the […]


The Golden Rule

January 16, 2010 no manual for parenting

Tweet I can’t remember exactly what started us discussing the Golden Rule at the dinner table. Probably had something to do with the constant bickering between the two of them. “Remember the Golden Rule? What is the Golden Rule?” I wheedled. “I know: it’s something like ‘Love thy neighbors’.” My oldest has the knack of […]



January 9, 2010 no manual for parenting

Tweet Self-denial. This post was supposed to be written last summer, but I got sidetracked. Or it could be that I simply did not want to deal with reality. Up till this summer, I still ordered shoes for my oldest from Lands’ End, BOYS department. I buy almost everything online not wanting to go shopping […]


Christmas Day Rambling

December 25, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet The presents were all opened, displayed, oooo-ahhhed, ridiculed, and appreciated. The floors have been cleaned up, except the piles of new possessions pushed against the wall around the corners of the small family room in my in-law’s house to make room for foot traffic. And for Zhu Zhu pets, which my husband discovered online […]


I think my kids are scarred by this Christmas song…

December 17, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus* Yeah. You know the lyrics. And seriously? This song is wrong on so many different levels… The innocent explanation of course is that DADDY is dressed up as Santa Claus. So mommy is actually kissing daddy, only that the poor kid has no idea and is probably going […]


Holiday cheer continues… “The Why’s of Men”

December 10, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet The following is a collection of jokes emailed to me by more than one of my girlfriends. It warms my heart whenever I see these jokes spread like wild fires: I know, I am not alone. And it comforts me. It gives me strength to ignore the gloating from the bitches who claim that […]


Happy Birthday, G.K.!

November 25, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet Every Thanksgiving since 2002, I know what to be thankful for… I had deep vein thrombosis when I was five months pregnant with my youngest. I limped for two weeks without realizing that, Hey, it is more than a muscle strain since it is not getting any better after so many days. Oh, and […]


Freedom from Want, Or The Case of the Golden Turkey

November 22, 2009 a picture is worth a thousand words

Tweet Even if you don’t know its name, you must have seen this iconic painting by Norman Rockwell: The name of the painting is Freedom from Want, by Norman Rockwell in 1943. Ever since its appearance and subsequent permeation into the pop culture and the collective American consciousness, it is also known as Thanksgiving Dinner. […]


Word of the Day: Disguise

November 21, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet “The secret agent is in disguise.”  The caption of the picture says. (No, I didn’t draw the picture. My 6 year old did). I thought I’d use this picture to comment on the following pictures: These pictures were meant for a post on how I was trying to be the Best Mom in the […]


Towards a Discussion of Religious Pluralism with a First Grader. Gingerly.

November 20, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet Scene 1 On our way home in the car, the 11 year-old lodged an official complaint against his younger brother for embarassing him in school: He talks about God too much. He said things like, “God created everything” in daily, random conversations, without prompting. On top of that, he also sometimes sports a British […]