Category Archives: Matthew

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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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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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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NASA, Nassau, and Baseball

We got back a few days ago from a Spring Break trip to Florida. We had a really good time with the boys and Oma (Jenny’s mom) as we took a short cruise to the Bahamas, caught a Cardinals Spring … Continue reading

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I don’t even know him anymore

After we saw Toy Story 3, Douglas was so excited about it that he decided he was Buzz Lightyear. I wasn’t too surprised; such association seems normal, and I assumed it would pass. It’s now been months, and not only … Continue reading

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