Nicholas: Sous-Chef

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Last Monday, I had a great plan for dinner. It was quite relaxing. It involved leftovers and a microwave. And bar cookies made from a box cake mix. (Totally not my normal modus operandi for cooking, but y’know.) At 4:20, Nicholas arrived home from Chess Club and came into the kitchen. “Did you make the…

Raising My Strong Willed Child

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We don’t parent on our own. Or at least, we shouldn’t. If we try to muddle through on the basis of our own (lack of) expertise, we’re more likely to screw it all up. So I was very grateful to sit down for a long, focused conversation with a woman I respect deeply. She is…

My Strong-Willed Boy

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Friday was not a good day. I’ve had several months to accustom myself to the idea of my beautiful children turning into sibling monsters who seem bent on pushing each other’s buttons, but Friday they took it to a whole new level. Well, one of them did, anyway. I’m not sure how it began, exactly…I…

Nicholas (a 7QT post)

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___1___ A couple of years ago, I read about a study that had concluded that boys’ brains, in particular, don’t finish developing the part that allows them to make good judgment calls until very late…like, sometime into the college years, if my memory is correct. I often think of that when surveying the “what were you…

Of Nicholas, At Age Four

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Birthdays in our house seem to be lasting a week this year. (Or two months, if you follow Julianna’s sublime refusal to acknowledge the passage of time.) For the past week Nicholas has been in Heaven. But a weeklong birthday that always falls during Lent causes its own brand of difficulty for a family that…

Strong-Willed

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Life with Alex has not been easy in recent months. Not so long ago, Alex was a good-natured toddler and then an easygoing preschooler. Loud, but easy to get along with. When other kids bossed him, he didn’t get mad, he didn’t buckle, he just ignored it and did his own thing. It drove them…