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Christa T. Palmer

Top Homework Excuses So Far

My son has been in second grade for three week.s He’s been trying all sorts of creative strategies for getting out of homework. He hasn’t grasped the fact that he’ll never win. I was raised by a veteran teacher and I am not falling for any of this shenanigans. However, I have to admire the creativity of his excuses. I have a few favorites. (more…)

Preschool Rigor

You know what I love about the new school year (besides the quiet time)? I was convinced I was out of topics to write about. Then, BANG, school starts and it’s like a buffet of ideas. The PTA wants your soul. The other parents are crazy. Schools have weird rules. I could write all day if I wasn’t busy daydreaming about buying new boots. My latest source of amusement is the preschool. They’re going through a certification and we had to have a serious meeting. It was not what I expected. (more…)

Baby Popscicles

When it gets nice and cold and the snow is covering the ground, I have a surefire way to make my baby sleep. I wrap him up in a few blankets and pop him out on the front porch for a couple of hours. (more…)

And So it Begins

Last night, I attended the curriculum night for second grade. It had a markedly different vibe than the first grade curriculum night. Within a year, we’ve transitioned from “Take care of my baby” to “What are you doing to prepare the kids for Yale?” (more…)

The School Supply Scavenger Hunt

My son is heading to second grade this week. My daughter will be starting preschool after Labor Day. This means lots of things. We have to find first day of school outfits, discuss teachers and deal with anxiety. But, there’s another, more substantial project. I like to call it the school supply scavenger hunt. (more…)

I Want an Imaginary Friend

My daughter recently acquired a new friend. She is imaginary and her name is Blueberry. They play lots of games and often put on musical productions for my amusement. Blueberry is very compliant and seems to go along with all of my daughter’s ideas. Based on her experiences with Blueberry, I have decided that I want an imaginary friend. (more…)

Inducing Labor Naturally

“This,” said my husband, “this is what desperation looks like.” He was talking about me at 40 weeks pregnant. We were at a Mexican restaurant. There’s an old wives tale that spicy food will induce labor. I demanded Mexican food. We asked for the spicy salsa but I decided it wasn’t spicy enough. So, we asked the waitress if she had anything spicier. (more…)

Realistic Wedding Vows

Oh, wedding vows. They are so charming. They’re all full and love and hope, like the beginning of a marriage should be. However, all us married folk know that marriage gets complicated and it’s not all love and roses all the time. We get older and less attractive (at least I did). You can still be in love, but wedding receptions don’t go on forever. Life gets real. I propose an alternate set of wedding vows that reflect the real world: (more…)

Appreciating Your Partner Before and After Children

Love relationships inevitably change over time. When you’re with a partner for a long time, you begin to appreciate different things about them There are, of course, the things that get on your nerves, but I’m not going to focus on that today. Instead, I want to talk about what you appreciated about your main squeeze before you had children and what you appreciate about them after the little ones showed up. (more…)

Arousal Before and After Parenting

It’s no secret that children affect your sex life. They also change your arousal triggers. There are some significant changes between what arouses a person before and after parenting. Here are some examples: (more…)

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