Turning A Kid’s Pet Chicken into KFC

Turning A Kid’s Pet Chicken into KFC

All is quiet. It’s 4:30AM.   The boy is asleep.  I write.  I drink coffee.  It’s my favorite time of day, the time when silence fills the soul with enough peace to survive the next twenty-four hours. At precisely 6:10AM, the hen begins to crow.  The boy...
Dangerous Jobs Help Kids Succeed

Dangerous Jobs Help Kids Succeed

“Hey Mom,” says Declan, “Grab a pair of scissors because we’re going for a run!” He takes the scissors, stares at me, and starts to jog.  He’s eight. He’s good at finding my chain and yanking it.  Repeatedly. I say no....
Camp Diabetes Gives Moms Sanity

Camp Diabetes Gives Moms Sanity

It’s camp time! We have the best day camp known to man. I drop Declan off at 9AM, then enjoy peace until 5PM.  The whole thing costs $80 for the entire summer.   That’s free in child care terms.  The staff’s amazing.  Everyone smiles–especially...
Things You Never Want to See: Porno Moth

Things You Never Want to See: Porno Moth

“Mom, look. There’s a moth with two heads!” Declan’s staring at the moth on the side of the house. I look. Sure enough, there are two heads there. The thing is, they’re not near each other, as one would expect in a hydra-moth,...
Picking Grass, Smoking Weed: Horticulture for Kids

Picking Grass, Smoking Weed: Horticulture for Kids

It’s a beautiful afternoon. Our friends came to see our new chickens, and we delayed doing homework. We said goodbye and walked back toward the house. Declan picked a handful of tall grass. He put it in his mouth. “Don’t put plants in your...