Category Archives: Parenting Dilemmas

Teaching The Eight-Year-Old to be a savvy spender, Part II

Here at Caterpickles Central, we believe that everyone in the family works together to keep our household functioning without expecting any particular compensation beyond having clean silverware to eat with, the ability to walk through the house without tripping, and clean clothes to wear.

So when we decided four years ago that The (then) Four-Year-Old was old enough to receive an allowance, we didn’t ask her to do any chores around the house to earn it. Instead, we decided to use the allowance simply to teach her how to manage money. Continue reading

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Classic Caterpickles: “Why does Santa miss some kids?”

NaNoWriMo is done (we did it! 50,383 words!), the Thanksgiving turkey is eaten, the leftovers plowed through most diligently, and suddenly, it’s December, and I’m two days late with my Monday question┬ápost. If I had been on the ball this … Continue reading

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Classic Caterpickles: “Does Santa smoke?” Or how to use Santa to talk to your kids about smoking

You may have finished your Christmas shopping already, but frankly I find that sort of advance planning somewhat challenging. So with only two more shopping days until Christmas, I’m running a Classic Caterpickles to buy myself time to spend at … Continue reading

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Teaching your child to be a savvy spender

The Six-Year-Old has been getting an allowance since she was four. In setting it up, we linked it to her age (she gets one dollar per week for every year of her age)–not to the number of chores she completes … Continue reading

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Operation Paper Slick

I don’t know about your house, but this is a frequent sight in mine: I call them Paper Slicks. The construction paper may be thick on the ground here at Caterpickles Central, but willing workers aren’t. Oh The Six-Year-Old will … Continue reading

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“Does Santa smoke?” Or how to use Santa to talk to your kids about smoking

The Five-Year-Old is fully informed of the dangers of smoking. With an ICU doctor for a father, there’s really no chance that she wouldn’t be. She feels so strongly about the perils of smoking that she has made it her … Continue reading

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Backwards Letters: Normal development or early indicator of dyslexia?

The Five-Year-Old hates, just hates, writing in lower case. I can’t get her to do it. Nothing works. Not even M&Ms. I’m sure her teacher would appreciate it if I pressed the issue of lower-case writing at home. But on … Continue reading

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Rogue Planet! and Other News of the Week

Although Daddyo logged the first official mention with an email time-stamped 12:21 a.m. yesterday morning, judging from my Facebook feed and inbox quite a number of you feel the rogue sunless planet drifting through the galaxies is the top science … Continue reading

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“Why does Santa miss some kids?”

We are a Santa family. By which I mean that we are fully invested in pretending Santa is real–for the time being. We haven’t picked a quit date yet, but now that my daughter’s five, I guess we are going … Continue reading

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Today’s the day! Let’s go vote!

The Five-Year-Old and I are fired up about our chance to go vote this morning. I’ve taken her with me to vote in every election since she’s been born. The poll ladies just love her. I’m lucky in that the … Continue reading

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