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The Boy Thing

The minute I announced my pregnancy with Simon, the first question most people asked me was “Oh, are you trying for a girl?”  I admit, the question annoyed me.  The implication seemed to be that everyone dreams of the perfect matched set, one boy and one girl.  In fact, I always had a strong intuition…

Celebrating the Good News

Let’s be honest, when you work on energy and environmental issues for a living, good news is always welcome. And when it is good news that makes your kids happy, well, even better. President Obama’s coming forward in support of gay marriage didn’t fix all problems, but it made everyone in our home more cheerful.…

Throw a Spitball, Go to Jail

I am a homeschooler, a private schooler and a public schooler, and as such, don’t have a strong ideological commitment to any of the above – I think they all have their place. My oldest son has severe autism and attends a private school for children with autism, but paid for and managed by the…

The Foster Parent Diet

Given that January is the season for regretting excesses and making new starts, I thought I’d offer Sharon’s patented formula for losing 10lbs fast – absolutely guaranteed to take off the weight like lightning.; Day 1: Spend most of the day getting ready for a weekend event – running errands, shopping at local markets, prepping…

Childhood Obesity and Medical Neglect

In an interesting intersection of my interests in food and foster parenting, there’s an emergent tendency to view extreme childhood obesity as a problem of medical neglect. Medical neglect can be grounds for removing children from their home and placing them in foster care, as seen in this recent case in Ohio: An Ohio third-grader…

Your Blogiste and Black Friday

I’m going to guess that not many of my readers would have imagined that your blogiste would be planning to be out at the stores at 5am on Friday. She never has done anything of the sort before. While not really much of an advocate of “Buy Nothing Day” (I’m more for “buy little year”),…

The Story of M.

As you may remember, after waiting for a long time for a sibling placement, Eric and I took what was supposed to be a weekend placement of a little boy, M. back in October. We picked him up on a Thursday afternoon, anticipating he’d go to his father on Monday, but for various reasons, that…

A superb article by Benjamin Dueholm in Washington Monthly about Foster Parenting and its connection to politics and a whole host of other things. Well worth a read: In a way that we never really anticipated, welcoming Sophia into our home led us into the wilderness of red tape and frustration navigated every day by…

AWOL

The phone rang about 2 on Thursday afternoon, just as I was about to settle down with my book draft for a long, dull afternoon of revisions. If I was implicitly fantasizing about something to get our adrenaline pumping, I got it. Our social worker called and asked if we would consider taking a 17…