I know you wonder just how much therapy my kids will need…

… the answer? Either less than yours or more. Ha! But until we figure that out, there’s this:


Cinder: Dad will come to the phone in a minute, Mom. He’s just washing his hands–he was cleaning up the blood in the bathroom.

September 16, 2011


Sean: Cinder, if you let me borrow your computer for my client presentation tomorrow, I’ll let you play with my electric nail gun.

September 11, 2011


Sean: Dear god, Flora, what have you done to your brother’s face?

Flora: Whaaat–look, he likes it.

Sean: Is that permanent marker?

Flora: Don’t worry, Dad–you know skin falls off, don’t you?

Good to know: Cheap sunscreen will take off permanent marker. True.

October 5, 2011

“What the hell, Jane? What’s up with the re-runs?” Well, just between you and me, I’m off-line this week. But just because they’re aged, don’t mean they’re not funny. See you next week. xoxo

You’re the adult, Daddy

Child 1

This is a short and sweet one for all the dads out there who sometimes don’t want to be the adult.

November 28, 2005.

Cinder: You pick the book, Daddy.
Sean: I don’t want to pick the book. Why don’t you pick the book?
Cinder: You’re the adult, Daddy. You pick the book.

November 8, 2012.

Sean: Ready to read I Am Number Four?
Cinder: No. I want to read this.
Sean: I am so sick of reading Horrible Science!

(Now, if I was scripting this, the next line would be Sean saying, “I’m the adult. I get to pick the book.” But no.)

Photo (Child 1) by Tony Trần

I’ve filed my mega-beast of a story and and, because nature abhors a vacuum, I’m playing around in the blogosphere. I’m visiting the posts and blogs from the More Than Mommies Mixer. See you there?


My current favourite: The Authoritative New Parents’ Guide to Sex After Children (of course)

SeriousWhen toddlers attack (surviving “That Hitting Things”) • Five is hard: can you attachment parent an older child •  The ultimate secret behind parenting: it’s evolution, baby

FunnyFloor peas • Mom? Have you noticed I’ve stopped…  • Poisonous Volvo

And, if you’re a homeschooling reader, you might want to check out our sister blog, Undogmatic Unschoolers.