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REPOST: Thoughts On Bullying, Bystanders, and Middle Schoolers

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 Posted in Bystander, Middle School Life, bullying | No Comments »


Note: This was first posted over at The Nerdy Book Club, a great sight for fans of children's books. Recommended. EVERYBODY ELSE IS ALREADY TAKEN “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something ...

OVERHEARD: “What’s In the Box?” (I Love My Daughter, Part 283)

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 Posted in Family, Middle School Life | No Comments »


With my 14-year-old boy in the car, we run a couple of errands. First to the Farmer's Market because we are obsessed with Jimmy Makes Pizza. Next to the library, return some things. Then to pick up Maggie, age 12, ...

OVERHEARD: “I guess science is my favorite class — I just wish it wasn’t so serious.”

Thursday, January 24th, 2013 Posted in Around the Web, Family, In the Classroom, Middle School Life | 3 Comments »


Lisa had asked Maggie, grade 6, about her classes and received the above reply. Which at first struck me as a hilarious thing to say about science. It was like saying, I don't know, math should be funnier. Social studies, ...

Overheard: “Hey, Dad, when I’m 18, I want to get a tattoo of a cat on my stomach.” (Parenting a Middle Schooler, pt. 3)

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 Posted in Family, Middle School Life | 2 Comments »


I am sitting in the living room in early evening, reading Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. Maggie, my 6th-grader, is doing handstands not five feet away -- because that is what Maggie does these days, continual handstands. Every ...