Anthony Bourdain’s death has me thinking a lot.  I get it. I get him. Along with Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I don’t know much about Kate Spade’s life but I’m sure I’d understand her as well.  With that said, let me be clear that I have no intentions of killing myself. I … Continue reading Sanity

It’s NOT about the violin.

// What a breakthrough!  Annika has been taking violin since October.  Until yesterday she had only done  many different finger and muscle strengthening exercises. To be honest it’s been a struggle.  I got mad at her after last week’s class and came close to quitting classes all together.  I know I sound like a tiger … Continue reading It’s NOT about the violin.

Too Much Praise?

Part of our pre-school transition program includes parenting discussions.  We reached a topic that I’m having a real hard time with: giving children too much praise.  We all read an article called “Five Reasons to Stop Saying”Good Job!” ” by Alfie Kohn. I understand the concept behind the theory but I’ve been having a hard … Continue reading Too Much Praise?