Category: Those Kids…

They rule. They rule your life, they rule their life.They rule supreme — they rule like a mad king gone madder than mad.
They’ll drive you nuts, they’ll wear you out. But at the end of the day, they’re what it’s all about. And what better way to make this world a better place than to empower your kids?
Tag along on the adventures of Lucas & Lea as they teach the rest of us who we really are and how it’s really done.

February 4, 2010

Lucas decided early in the season that he was done with cross country skiing, which for a couple of years has been his big thing — he’s really good at it, it’s something we all enjoy to do as a family, and we just plain figured it was going to be something that was part…

January 28, 2010

I recently shuffled stuff in my home office, and the other day I got around to hanging my big, huge, oversize whiteboard on the wall again. So, we’d had a really rough day — hectic, busy, crazy schedule kinda thing; mom was away at some work thing, and so I decided to make a very…

January 23, 2010

As we finally, six months late, get our act together and dive into our lives as a Parenting on Track family, we can’t help but become a little evangelical. During DNSN week, we’d have occasion to explain to friends what was going on in our lives, and while we couldn’t help do so with a…

January 23, 2010

Oh, who’s counting — actually, today’s birthday party for Lucas involved 12 fifth and two third graders. Quite the crowd. At one point, as I was wrangling them all thru the locker room and showers at our local aquatic center, I couldn’t help but marvel at the obvious differences in abilities and level of organizational…

January 23, 2010

I confess, our second week which was supposed to be about buttons and activating events was to some extent marred by (surprise!) an extremely hectic schedule for the big people in the family, and there was precious little time for much reflection. Add to that Lucas’s 11th birthday celebration, and things just didn’t quite go…

January 19, 2010

Monday was a write-off with MLK day — lots of vegging out. Lea dealt really well with the disappointment of a playdate falling thru at the last minute, and had a blast with a good friend ski-joring and playing dress-up. Alas, the fine art of putting stuff away when you’re done playing is still lost…

January 19, 2010

So, the family meeting to follow up on DNSN week was an interesting affair. Lea immediately launched into her jermiads about how much she’d hated the whole thing. All. Of. It. We tried to emphasize that she’d shown a remarkable capacity to do stuff that she — and her parents — didn’t think she’d be…

January 18, 2010

What a bumpy ride. The first week was a mix of delusional joy, sarcastic “see, told ya’ it would never work” (muttered under breath) and lots of tripping over obvious (or, apparently, not so obvious) bumps in the road. Let’s regroup: first couple of days had the benefit of novelty, the challenge, the uncertainty (“surely…

January 12, 2010

Kids get up on time, test the waters: “are we still supposed to do everything ourselves?” Yep. Things go okay, bags packed, lunch boxes, breakfast, dressed. Lea, age 8, goes back and forth between demonstratively overdoing it and crumpling in despair on the floor: “I don’t know how to do ANYTHING…” There’s tuna and mayo…

January 12, 2010

So, day 1 of “the new regime” as a friend termed it, got off without a hitch. Actually, much less gnashing of teeth and horror than could have been expected. Lea brought her OCD tendencies to bear on the challenge, and was up at 6AM, dressed and ready to leave for school with her lunch…