Category Archives: Parenting Dilemmas

Book Review: Pack of Dorks

Pack of Wolves By Beth Vrabel Age Range: 8-12 Sky Pony Press, 2015 If I could change one thing about parenting, it would be to have it commonly accepted that parents & kids should keep reading books together well into … Continue reading

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Book Review: Little Girls Can Be Mean

This week, instead of telling you about what my daughter’s reading, I want to tell you about a great book I’m reading. Friendship challenges in K-6 are just as complicated and emotionally fraught as ever. In Little Girls Can Be Mean, Michelle Anthony and Reyna Lindert describe a simple, four-step process that parents can use to teach their children to navigate these tricky social situations on their own. Continue reading

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“We just got here, Mommyo. Why are you packing all those bags?”

Last week, as I was sitting down for a bit of pre-dinner reading, I had what I thought was a bout of dizziness.¬†Then one of my books toppled over, and I figured out that what was actually rocking me in … Continue reading

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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¬†post. 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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