Category Archives: Family

Clean dirt

My 3-year-old son loves to dig in the dirt in our yard, fill his toy dump trunk, and then dump the load on our driveway. Yesterday, I swept the driveway while he was napping. When he awoke and joined me … Continue reading

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Paint it black

My 8-year-old daughter dyed her hair black last week in preparation for Halloween. Given that my hair was once black (before it turned grey), she asked me if I would dye my hair, too. Previously, my children had decided that … Continue reading

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Rash comment

While on vacation, my 5-year-old son befriended a young boy named Devin. As Devin arrived at the pool one morning, my son shouted a most unusual greeting: “Hey, Devin! I see that your rash is all gone!” (Young Devin had … Continue reading

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Brain drain

Last night, while reading to my two daughters about personal hygiene and the importance of a good night’s sleep, I asked if they could tell me why sleep is important to the human body — that is, what happens to … Continue reading

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I think

A second round of pink eye has run through the family; 4 of the 5 kids have had it this week. (I’m not sure how the fifth kid has avoided contamination…) We treat pink eye with special eyedrops, and their … Continue reading

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If I were a snowflake

My 6-year-old daughter brought home the following short essay, an assignment she completed in her first grade glass. Look past the spelling errors and you may notice, as I did, that it has an interesting lyrical quality to it… “If … Continue reading

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Ugly Dad

As I was dressing my three-year old son for a family Christmas party, I told him: “Man, you’re looking handsome.” He replied: “Yeah, but you’re not.”

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Fire car

While my wife and I were painting the basement this weekend, the kids played upstairs. Occasionally, we could hear what they were doing. At one point, our 3-year-old son was playing with one of his toy cars. This particular car … Continue reading

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Questions from children

Our children ask unusual questions, and make very strange observations. Two from this week: (1) From our 6-year-old daughter: “My brain takes up most of my head.” (2) From our 8-year-old daughter: “Who made up bad words?” (I was tempted … Continue reading

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Notes to Daddy

I escorted my middle daughter to a hockey game tonight — just me and her. Before the game, we had dinner together. While awaiting our order, she wrote me the following notes: (1) “i am going to a hockey game … Continue reading

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