Category Archives: Our Family

Criminal minds


Bob and I have had to go to the doctors to get poked and prodded, we’ve had our fingerprints taken (for about the zillionth time), we’ve had to go into the dungeons of the San Diego courthouse and fight with antique microfilm machines to try and find the stone tablet that Bob’s divorce decree was carved Read More →

Teaching Your Child to Read…Part 2

phonics header

In the first part of this two-part series, I discussed teaching your child the letters of the alphabet and their associated phonetic sounds. Please click the link to Teaching Your Child to Read…Part 1 if you haven’t already read it. Only after your child has mastered the skills in part 1, they are ready to move Read More →

Teaching Your Child to Read…Part 1


Teaching your child to read is a momentous undertaking, and an incredible gift you can give to your child, even before they go to school. Please don’t think that only the “professionals” can teach your child how to read after they go to kindergarten. In fact, in most cases, I think that you as the parent Read More →

Balancing act – “Stalker-Mom vs. Latch-Key kids”


My beautiful niece, and awesome Mom of two adventurous boys, recently posed a dilemma to me that I think we all face as parents: “I’m trying to find a balance between stalker mom and latch key kids. I would like to know what mistakes to let them make and when to step in.” Well, here, Read More →

TK Blog is launched!

TK Blog launched sunrise

  And here we are…day one of my new blog. Why am I starting a Blog? Does everybody who starts a new blog write one of these “why I am starting a Blog” blogs? Kind of like the obligatory “what I did on my summer vacation” essay on the first day back to school? I have Read More →



Do you ever feel like your life is simply too noisy! I don’t mean in audible volume, I mean in details. Responsibilities, obligations, priorities, wants and needs. It seems like, at least the last couple weeks, there is a lot going on in my life. Certainly not all bad. A lot GOOD, in fact. But Read More →


purty Bindi copy

Bindi is (supposedly) a Jack Russel Terrier. But somewhere a mutant gene for Maltese must have slipped in, because the dog has an ever-growing coat of very fine fur. Very fine fur that collects dirt better than any Swiffer I have ever met. We have to keep her clipped short. I have alway been her groomer, Read More →


r&train cars

Currently, the politically correct way to deal with a young child’s misbehavior is to redirect them to a more appropriate activity. Is there any causal relationship, I wonder, between that and the fact that as our kids get older they have a difficult time staying on task? What are we teaching them? That when the Read More →

RAD whining


I don’t want to fall into the habit of whining…it’s too easy…and yet it seems to be my go-to place lately. I hate that. But…I had a rough day with my Li’l Rosebug yesterday. Even though she is flying through the schoolwork, it’s not for lack of arguing and fighting with me every step of Read More →

Sombreros and the ending sound /m/…

Ending sound m

So I was getting ready to meet with a friend for a cup of coffee. As I was leaving my li’l Rosebug runs up to me and says “Can I do my homework on the computer while you are gone?” I thought that was a great idea, and told her as much. And I reminded Read More →