Category Archives: Family

On Doing Things We Don’t Want To Do

Sometimes we find ourselves doing things we don’t want to do. As children, we have the idea that once we’re older we can do anything we want. But this isn’t always the case. There are plenty of circumstances that restrict our freedom of action. Some of these restrictions come as a result of our own… Continue Reading

On How Much I Hate Reading Class at School

Since I can remember, I’ve loved reading. Because my love of reading is so well known, and because I strongly advocate literacy and education, it comes as a surprise to many that I hate “reading” as a subject in school. It was painful back when I was in seventh grade and subjected to it, and… Continue Reading

Scout Camp and My Lady Parts

The LDS Church has an interesting relationship with the Boy Scouts of America. In the United States, the Church is such a big part of Scouting that the BSA doesn’t want to anger Church leadership and face the threat of withdrawal. While the Church is ok with homosexual boys joining Scouts, the Church (and other… Continue Reading

On the Inconveniences of Feeling Crappy

I’ve been sick for something like two weeks. Not the oh-my-gosh-I’m-going-to-die type of sick all the time. Instead, it’s been a long slow slog of misery, punctuated by oh-my-gosh-I-wish-I-could-die moments. My journey began just as the month of May was getting underway. I thought I was fortunate because, even though I spent half the night puking,… Continue Reading

Coming to Grips with My Son’s Common Core Math Lessons

When my son was in first grade, I began noticing that some of his math lessons were different to the math lessons I had growing up. For the next couple of years, this frustrated me. I didn’t always “get” the point of the lessons, and some of the work seemed needlessly complicated. I lashed out… Continue Reading

Naming Babies: How Weird is Your Name?

I read a post on the blog wait but why not too long ago. It was about naming babies, and how some of them are classic, and others are fad. (Interestingly, it appears that Utah is a leader in starting baby name fads.) I thought I’d pop on over to the site mentioned in the… Continue Reading

Interesting Stats on Women and Finances

After writing my last post, I found the following on women and finances, and thought I’d put them up. It comes StatisticBrain: What I found most interesting is that only 16 percent of households are those where women don’t work at all. Continue Reading

Looking Ahead to the 5th Grade Maturation Program

Later this week, I’m headed in to The Boy’s school for the 5th grade maturation program. I think this is a good idea. I remember when I had my program in 5th grade. I like that you can find the curriculum for Utah’s program online, and I like that parents are encouraged to come in… Continue Reading

Merry Christmas to All!

I love Christmas. I love that it’s (usually) cold outside but warm and perfect for hot chocolate inside. It’s fun to put up decorations and have a tree. The novelty of Christmas movies is also fun. There’s just so much that goes with the season. Even if you don’t do the Santa Claus thing with… Continue Reading

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