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When you do not have a SuperBaby

This is a must read. “When I was pregnant, I tried to make a SuperBaby. I did not realize I was doing this. I believed I’d long ago shed the theory that a body could be made perfect. “ I know I play the must-read card more than once or twice a month, but I mean it. […]

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Doing the Work He Has Put in Your Hands

The husband and father of the Saunders family died after a sudden illness, leaving Mrs. Saunders a young widow with a 6 and a 4 year old child to care for. “Long days and weeks rolled around, and Harry and Mary wondered how papa came to go away and leave them, and why, if he […]

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(visit the website to see more, donate to the artist, buy a print)   That’s funny. There was this one occasion, I was around 9 or 10 I think, when my father told me to stop arguing with him, and I replied in total sincerity, “I’m not arguing, you are.”  I’ll share more about this […]

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Victorian Child’s Play: Less is More

Read this morning: “My early memories run from 1870, when we moved into a big house in Canonbury, until 1879, when my happy childhood was abruptly ended. I hope to show that Victorian children did not have such a dull time as is usually supposed. “It is true that we had few toys, few magazines, […]

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RESTLESS, mischievous, wild, disobedient boys …

Found in a 1901 Good Housekeeping. I don’t include it all here, and some of it is clearly out of date, but most of the principles are, I think, sound.  I especially love the method the police man’s widow uses with her 3 sons- what a woman!  I’d love to know who she was and how her boys turned out and […]

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