My son plays soccer for Valeo Futbol Club and every practice ends with a mock tournament of four on four. These teams are formed in nanoseconds by the boys themselves; usually the same group tries to reform each week, especially if they have had success in the past.
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A few readers have asked me to post more on my entrepreneurial experience (b.k. — before kids). I co-founded a dorm room enterprise, now called Aquent, with two friends that has grown, now nearly 30 years later, into a mid-sized company (as defined by “less than one billion in sales but larger than one hundred million”).
It does feel like a different era now that I spend most of my time blogging, but starting my company also feels like just yesterday. The foundation of our business was the new Macintosh computer and desktop publishing software (PageMaker) that we learned to publish a liberal political magazine back in 1986.
The computerized version was less costly and time-consuming than the old way of waxing up galleys into place. Read more…
It’s hard to get kids to try new things, be it new food, new sports or new summer camps. Sigh! I think it’s just a personality trait — risk taking. Grasshopper and Sensei who is my least risk taking child is the most resistant to trying new foods as well as sports! PickyKidPix, however, is a daredevil. She’ll eat off your plate at restaurants so as not to miss out on anything good. She’s also game to most sports. My son is somewhere in between.
I’ve been harping on my family about making healthy food choices since winter time is when things are dreary and it’s tough to get out. But I think that making healthy food choices starts at the supermarket; if you don’t bring it home, you don’t eat it.
Our issue is not the family dinner or packing lunches but snack time. My kids are ravenous right after school that they eat as much (or sometimes more) than they do at a meal. Sometimes it is due to their lunch which is scheduled unusually early at 10:30am. Sometimes my kids chat more than eat during lunch period. And sometimes they just don’t love their lunch.
Do you need gift ideas for Mother’s Day? I always do. The problem is that I think Mother’s Day is all about me and I forget that I also need to get Mother’s Day gifts for the grandmothers. One year this meant overnight expressing cards for Saturday delivery!
Grandmothers might find this bracelet to be too edgey, but I like it! It’s a handmade Mother’s Day bracelet from Cynical Redhead’s Etsy store, $16.
Does your pet stink sometimes? Mine does. Right now in fact! He’s badly in need of a bath but we’ve been on vacation for the past week week and my dog has been with his favorite dog sitter stinking it up.
My dog is the Golden Retriever on the right. Read more…
I’m thrilled today to be helping my local Boys and Girls Club through the Champions for Kids Snacks for Students Program which matched up a local non-profit for kids in my town, John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton, with Walmart in Framingham, near where I live.
I’m helping John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton get basic resources through in-store donations. It’s quite simple. The Framingham Walmart will have donation bins for my organization that anyone can donate to. Since the John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club provides child care and activities for kids of all ages, snacks are especially helpful and kids are always hungry before and after school!
As much as we may wish otherwise, sadly, childhood comes with an expiration date. Therefore, a baby keepsake box is a worthwhile purchase for moms who want to cherish baby-related memories. Keepsake boxes don’t have to cost much – they can be made at home from an ordinary storage or shoebox, perhaps decorated or covered in pretty wrapping paper or other cheaper alternatives like cloth bags, grocery bag, newspapers, among other things. Anything else your imagination can suggest- but almost all baby retailers carry premade baby boxes if you’re not feeling creative, or you’re simply pressed for time.
What to Include
Items to include in your baby keepsake box can vary according to your desires: there’s no prescribed list of “essential” items. As with all things pretty, the Internet is a great source of inspiration when you’re planning one for your baby. A memory box doesn’t have to be too cutesy, though. It can hold treasured items to tell your child about their origins and their family: think about including pictures of parents and grandparents, a letter from you, old photographs of family homes, or information about the family tree.
A Time Capsule of Babyhood
If you want to create a memory box that’s essentially a time capsule collection of babyhood items, then you can start before your baby is even born. Think about including ultrasound images, and photographs of you and your partner while you’re pregnant. Once baby is born, think about little items such as hospital wrist bands, a copy of the front page of a respected national newspaper from the day your child was born, first toy, first socks or baby shoes, first photo after birth, and congratulations cards from family and friends.
Locks of hair (in ziplock bags) and first teeth are also popular souvenirs. If this doesn’t appeal to you, think about including photos of various milestones (first steps, first solid food, first haircut, first holiday). In a digital age, hard copies of personal images are increasingly rare, so think about creating an annotate photo album- some stores will do this for you, or you could simply buy an album and annotate by yourself.
Ultimately, what you’re doing is creating a record to show your child how important they are to you, and how much they’re cherished and loved by you. Because of this, memory boxes are incredibly personal, so don’t feel that you “have” to include a certain item just because others are doing so.