Month: January 2010

  • Sharon talks about being a parent vs. pet owner

    “My friend thinks she understands what it is like to be a parent because she has pets. She has no idea what it is like,” declared my daughter, a relatively new mother. “With a child, you have to think about the 40, 60, 80-year impact of your decisions. You don’t have to do that with…

  • kitchen backups

    “Mom you don’t need back-ups for your back-ups!” my daughter scolded as she sorted through my kitchen cupboards. I sighed. I could make do with just four bread pans now that I rarely baked bread. I also could make do with only three pie pans. But, I insisted on keeping the 1970s-style blender pitcher –…

  • decorating and devouring gingerbread houses

    “Nibble, nibble, little mousey, who is nibbling at my housey,” asked the witch inside the gingerbread house as Hansel and Gretel satisfied their hunger with pieces of her house. Startled, the children stopped and looked up at her with crumbs of gingerbread and frosting still clinging to their lips. They just wanted a little bit…

  • disciplining the child thief

    The comment boards raged. Opinions pro and con flew back and forth after Diane Lions of Columbus, Ohio asked that the police be called when her 6-year-old daughter shoplifted a $3 package of stickers. Chief Ronald Yeager of the Carrollton Police Department in eastern Ohio arrived at the Discount Drug Mart and took the girl…