Category Archives: Douglas

Immersion

新年快乐 – Happy New Year! We spent the afternoon on Saturday celebrating the Chinese New Year. It was a great afternoon of a dragon dance, songs, and dancing. This isn’t something that’s part of my heritage or my wife’s heritage, … Continue reading

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America’s Best Idea – for Kids

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Little Things: On the Right Track

D waved me down. I stopped the lawnmower and walked over to my 7-year-old to see what was going on. To my surprise, he and his 5-year-old brother were in their pajamas. J was out for the evening, and I … Continue reading

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Harry Potter and the Lessons of Consent

A few weeks ago, one of the other Grounded Parents writers posted an interesting article to the backchannel: 4 Ways Parents Teach Kids that Consent Doesn’t Matter. Paige Lucas-Stannard points out that there are some very basic and common ways … Continue reading

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Knowing vs Teaching

I know how to ride a bike. I don’t mean to brag, but really, I know how to ride a bike. Although I’ve known how to ride a bike for years, I barely remember how my parents taught me how … Continue reading

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Revealing the Big Secret

The boys hadn’t really been asking about sex, but sometimes it would come up indirectly. For example, “sexy” is a banned word at D’s school, and during his kindergarten year, he asked me what it meant. “Ummm… It means you’re … Continue reading

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You Are Very Compatible in Almost All Areas…

The Pastor came back with the results of our test. We were in his office for pre-marital counseling, and he had just given us some sort of couple’s compatibility test to see how we matched up. When he came back … Continue reading

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Luck, Life, and Gratitude

My older son, D, is seven now. He is healthy and happy. You would never know just by looking at him how close we came to losing him before we got a chance to know him. You see, D’s heart … Continue reading

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Fighting the Nature Deficit

Over the Winter Break, we visited my parents in a valley in Western Montana. From their living room, I had a view of farmland turning into forest turning into a mountain range with snow-capped peaks. We saw bald eagles from … Continue reading

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Grounded Parents Crosspost: Is Mr. Oogie Boogie Really that Scary?

I just posted another article to Grounded Parents, the secular parenting blog to which I contribute. This article talks about my impatient desire to share stories, books, and movies with my kids, even though they aren’t ready yet. I’m crossposting … Continue reading

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