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Entries from July 2011

Scenes From a Mall: Daddy-Daughter Edition

July 29th, 2011 by Matt | 2 Comments

The Natick Mall, in Natick, Mass., is a lonely place on a Sunday before noon. Though the mall is technically open, few of the stores have lifted their security gates, so while women peruse the early-functioning department stores, husbands—toting young children—wander the empty corridors. That, at least, was my experience last week, and it was […]


A Dream of No Dreams

July 28th, 2011 by Matt | 4 Comments

Last night was pretty much the worst bathtime ever. It was time for the twice-weekly shampooing of Sasha’s hair, and she was having none of it, taking multiple timeouts before finally agreeing to walk into the bathroom, disrobe, and be cleaned. Only, I made a mistake. After squirting some shampoo in her little hand, I […]


Dubious Milestone no. 53: Bilingualism

July 27th, 2011 by Matt | 2 Comments

As even casual readers of this blog know, Jean and I have been trying to bring Sasha up speaking both English and Chinese. The kid, now 2 and a half, has been going to a bilingual preschool, watching Dora and Spongebob in Chinese, and listening to children’s songs in Chinese. For a long time, it […]


Nanny and the Ex-Wife: the showdown (or just the introduction)

July 27th, 2011 by Theodore | 6 Comments

My custody arrangement for JP includes the provision that his mother and I cooperate on hiring anyone who will provide care for him. His mother lives very close to her parents, which means if she needs after school help, she can get it for free. Not that I have any complaint about that, but I […]


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slate.com

Did you know that some of America’s most pressing ills—obesity, psychiatric illness, and our eroding educational system among them—have a single cause?

Jan 22nd 8:52am • No Comments

Meet the most annoying kid in the world. Go the fuck to sleep, Olivia Farnsworth!

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Extraordinary Olivia Farnsworth.

Jan 15th 12:41pm • No Comments