Our youngest child turned 5 on May 8 and will be starting kindergarten in the fall, meaning all our children will be at the same school for the first time ever, and none will require tuition!  So that’s nice. On the morning of her birthday, she got up and made a jellyfish, as one should do on any birthday of significance. She later had a piece of cake with 5 candles on it. And a few days later, did a ballerina performance at her preschool. And modeled the…

Whenever I talk to other parents about their kids’ TV viewing practices, many are surprised we don’t have cable (or even an antenna that works), and they often want to know what “screen time” is allowed and how it’s administered.  It’s pretty much “self serve” for the children, but we do monitor it.  Here’s how: When Netflix allowed multiple profiles, we set them up for each of us adults and then created one called “babies.”  Its content is set to “12 & under” (since our 3 are 8,…

Until a few days ago, we’d have to tell people we’d never taken our children on a trip west of the Mississippi.  That ended on Wednesday, April 29 when we all flew to Denver for my legal marketing conference. Thursday morning while I was in class, the rest of the family visited the Museum of Nature & Science.  They loved it.  Since the children were skipping school to go on this little excursion with me, we wanted to make sure they engaged in educational activities. That afternoon, the…