When You Have the Bad Kid…

When You Have the Bad Kid…

“Declan broke this pencil on purpose. He’ll have to replace it.” Yet another note from school. “Why did you do that?” I ask. He gives me a blank stare like he got his mind erased in a sci-fi movie. I have to funnel down excuses...
Moms Have Demands!

Moms Have Demands!

I wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. I come back. There’s a giant dog where I should be. I haven’t left for long–I don’t need more than thirty seconds to pee. The dog was lying in wait. “That’ll teach her to...
On Crime and Punishment

On Crime and Punishment

Kids and trouble Declan got in trouble in school again. This isn’t new. He hangs out with the principal so much he doesn’t know principals are supposed to scare kids despite the fact you spell “principal” with a “p-a-l.” If I ask...