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Live, Live, Live While We Have the Chance

Well, our trip to the U.S. is now little more than two weeks away. If you’d like to receive a fun postcard from us, during our travels, just head here for the details. As I mentioned in that post, we haven’t been back to see my parents—my children’s grandparents—in five long years and I’m afraid the time we have left together in this life is now dwindling fast. Since the subject of family, and mortality, is now very much on

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When Santa was little, did he get presents from a different Santa?

Funny Remarks from a Bilingual Kid

Roy, now 5, wasn’t trying to be funny here, but ever since he could speak, he has been spouting a string of comical thoughts, intentional or not. His curious question about Santa Claus (which left me tongue-tied) is among the nuggets I have recorded in a journal on Lulu and Roy, which includes: observations of their language development; observations of their personal traits and interests; and noteworthy incidents and experiences. In Why Keeping a Journal on Your Kids is So

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Journal entry

Why Keeping a Journal on Your Kids is So Valuable

I have a little closet in my home office which holds a big cardboard box. In that box is a pile of old notebooks that contain years and years of scribbling about my life. Here’s an excerpt from May 29, 1989… (It turns out she was an alien and this was the start of a star-crossed intergalactic romance. ) Although I lost the habit as I grew older, and hadn’t kept a journal for a number of years, soon after

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