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Multitasking is Not All Bad

Some people don't believe in multitasking. Maybe they've read that doing more than one thing at a time is too taxing on our brains. Or maybe they're reacting because they wore themselves out trying to do two things at once -- and trying to give both...

How Santa Travels the Whole World in One Night

When you were a kid, did you ever ask your parents how it was possible to visit every house in every country all in one night (you know, except for the homes of those who were naughty)? Perhaps they came up with something clever to tell you, like tha...

The Great Thanksgiving Staycation - Five Family Outings

Our Thanksgiving celebration this year involves just a short day trip, which leaves a nice, long, leisurely weekend to be enjoyed at home. Our lives are so busy during the week, I look forward to these bigger chunks of unscheduled time to decompress...

DailyDish - Set your timetable up backwards

Travel back through time to avoid being late for school....

The twenty-five hour day

Courtesy of Daylight Savings Time, yesterday was twenty-five hours long. By setting our clocks back, we got the benefit of an additional hour play with the kids, take care of chores, or, if you're really lucky, sleep. I think I would have liked to ha...

DailyDish - Soak before you soap

Let the water fill up completely before adding detergent to your laundry load....

Breakfast: The most important meal you never get to eat

What did I have for breakfast this morning? Two no-bake cookies and a strawberry-banana smoothie. Well, actually, I had what was left of my girls' smoothies when I hurried to clean up the breakfast dishes and get us all out the door for a doctor's ap...

Young me, now me

I swore that if my wife got pregnant again, I was going to take a picture of her every day and string them together into a video, but alas, I am not together enough to accomplish something like that. Nor have I done any of the other ultra-cool things...

Family Rituals

One of the habits on the list I wrote about recently involved creating family rituals. As is my wont, I got to thinking about this. I like the idea of rituals. I think repetition is important to kids as it gives them a sense of stability and familiar...

Adjusting to a new schedule

It's been a few weeks now since Jared and Sara started school. It's taken some time, but I think we're finally adjusting to the new schedule. Rachel is up at some ungodly hour and out of the house by 6:30. I'm up somewhere between 6 and 6:30 and Rach...

How do they do it?

Sometimes, I look at other parents and wonder how they do it. How do they stay sane, how do they play, how do they work? I currently work from home with two small children (one and two) underfoot. I constantly feel like my life is one big tug-of-war...

Half Magic, by Edward Eager

Before there was Harry Potter, there were the books by Edward Eager. In some ways, they are quite dated -- how many people here know what a davenport is anymore? -- but beyond that lie timeless adventures that will excite children of any era. I read ...

Martha's wall calendar

I am not a fan of Martha Stewart, but this idea is an interesting one. She took a section of wall and, using chalkboard paint, created a permanent, reusable wall calendar. With 8" squares, her calendar measures 48 by 56 inches, giving plenty of room ...

Alarm clocks for family types

If you've got a teen who has difficulty getting up in the morning, this alarm clock might just be what you need. When the alarm goes off, you either get up or "Clocky" wanders off to sound the alarm from elsewhere in the room. Aside from being an eff...

Blogging Baby Sleepover for Sunday, November 5

You'd think that being at the Vintage Computer Festival all weekend would mean I wouldn't have to deal with the garbage, but no. Not only do I get to take out the trash when I get home, but as soon as the festival shuts down, Jared and I are on garba...

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