Category Archives: Parenting lessons — Don’t try this at home

TRBL meets his match.com

Our eighteen year old daughter, Elisabeth, is still studying over in India. For the past three weeks, she and a group of exchange students have been travelling in northern India, visiting crowded Dehli, the impressive Taj Mahal and amazing sites … Continue reading

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The SEAL and the monkey

  During this time, and for much of the winter, Timothy has had a steadily runny nose.  Wiping off his runny nose has the look of a Navy SEAL operation.  You don’t walk into the thing unprepared or you’ll get … Continue reading

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Oprah meet John Wayne

    Timothy continues to walk, and his gait is something between a bow legged cowboy and a wobbly weebol.  He’s doing more walking than crawling and gets a real kick out of it, looking over to us as if … Continue reading

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Cheeky monkey

 Eating out with Timothy is like a game of speed chess.  He makes his move, we respond, our response opens up a new opportunity for him, he counter strikes and we quickly try to put an end to his offensive.  … Continue reading

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This T is on Fire

                Timothy enjoyed his first two days of preschool last week.  On Day One, when Laura picked him up after lunch, with the rest of the class settling into position for their nap, Timothy had already been asleep for an … Continue reading

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First Day of School

                 Timothy is often good at giving us a second opinion.  And so I return us to the scene of the crime that I mentioned in the last blog entry, when a good friend took Laura, Catherine, Timothy and me … Continue reading

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T for Two

      Timothy loves to ride like Miss Daisy in the jogging stroller.  He digs the forward facing jogger and is able to see and give his opinion of the world in front of him.  Timo and I have an unspoken agreement … Continue reading

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Pieceful revolution

  I spend a lot of time at coffee places, where I always ask for hot chocolate.  Last week I was at a Caribou and placed my typical order of a small hot chocolate, and asked the server whether anyone … Continue reading

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Smoking section

We’ve traveled a lot with our kids and we know the airplane drill well.  But to the passengers of Delta flight 1117 last Wednesday, we looked like new – if greying – parents on baby’s maiden flight (even though it … Continue reading

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Hot Chocolate

(note: I originally wrote this entry as if it was not our kids soaking up our sage advice, but it was us, so here it is)  When our two girls were very young, we sat down and talked with them … Continue reading

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