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Lesson 1177 – The LOVE Teddy Bear


When one of my sons was in third grade, the teacher instituted a ticket system. If you did your work and behaved well, you would earn a ticket. Each Friday the kids were allowed to “spend” their tickets at the class store where they could buy pencils, small toys, and even a piece of candy.

My son earned his tickets but wouldn’t spend them.

Thinking that he didn’t understand the concept, his teacher explained that tickets were like money and he could “trade” them in for treats.

My son still wouldn’t spend his tickets.

At home I also tried to explain how it worked. “Sweetheart,” I told him, “this is a reward for being good, you can choose what you want from the store.”


We gave up, maybe he just didn’t “get” how money worked. From the start of school until December, that kid did not spend one ticket. Not one. No toys, no pencils, no candy.

But then on a Friday in early December when he had accrued 85 tickets, he finally went to the class store and he bought his first item. Continue reading



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Lesson 607 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks 

Good parents give their children roots and wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what’s been taught them.

— Jonas Salk

Hatchet-man-Trevor is currently at gymnastics camp as a counselor and boys’ coach. It doesn’t look like his chop to the leg has slowed him down at all. In fact, this may be the first ever picture of a chick roosting and flying at the same time.

In other news of the flock, Spencer our oldest is currently running for a State Representative Position for our district. In his bio he has this to say:

I am running for the position of State Representative for District 21 because I was always taught that if you didn’t vote (or get involved) then you have no right to complain about the way things are. I am at a position in my life where I want to get actively involved in State politics. Using my experience and education, I am prepared to discuss and at times, debate proposed changes to our State laws while always representing and protecting the values and best interests of the people of my district.

The girls and Logan are getting ready for the New Hampshire States Swimming competition this weekend and Griffin has just published his first app to the app store. (Don’t worry if you don’t know what that means, it took me a few tries as well, essentially, Griffin wrote a program that can be downloaded onto a PC or a phone. The program identifies and calls up information on dozens of characters from his favorite video game.)

Griffin is also officially ahead of me in the “Game of Thrones” books which, as an avid reader, I can appreciate as being quite the accomplishment.

If you hear crowing from our back yard, that’s not another rooster that has snuck into our hen house, it’s just this mama hen incredibly proud of her chicks as they exercise what they’ve been taught.

See you next week.


As always, happy weekend everyone, health and happiness (and safety) to your flock.

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Lesson 427 – Chick cover art

Many years ago, we had a black and white photo taken of our 3 littlest chicks. The photo turned out so well that it was actually used as a cover shot for Parenting NH. At the time I wasn’t writing for the publication, I was just a mom with 5 little kids and one on the way who was desperately trying to get through each day.

Parenting NH liked the shot, I gave permission. Done.

Now, almost 12 years later, I find myself writing for a parenting publication (imagine that?) I pitched a story – wouldn’t it be neat to see the growth progression of these kids? – and the editor decided to go with it. Marc and I then tried to recreate (sort of) the photo for an article in an upcoming issue.

It wasn’t easy. Somehow we had to arrange the kids so that little Emma, who was so protected in the first photo would not be smushed by her now, much older (and much heavier) brother and sister. Continue reading


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