back to school with goldfish smiles


My kids just went back to school for the second time this year. Last week, their dad took them out of school to go to Disneyland, which was a blast, but now they all have to get back into the swing of things around here. So, needless to say, getting them to school this week, has been AWESOME!!!.

Hope you don’t mind my touch of sarcasm there.

how to paint like Eric Carle


I grew up with Eric Carle books, and now my kids are. Eric is still alive at eighty-four, has illustrated over seventy books, and has sold over 103 million copies of his books around the world. Now that is the stuff of legends.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? was a nightly ritual at our house, as were many of his others. I love that so many Eric Carle books have always pushed the envelope. The Very Hungry Caterpillar  isn’t just a book about a caterpillar who eats through cake and candy, which is already fun, but there are actual holes in the pages, and different sized pages to take you through the days of the week. It’s genius.

Years and years ago, I saw an episode of Mister Rogers Neighborhood where Mr. Rogers visited with Eric Carle at his studio and demonstrated how he creates his illustrations. I’ve always wanted to show my kids how to do it. So today, for Eric Carle’s birthday, we did it.

the hardest part of parenting


What do you think the hardest part about parenting is? For me, it’s when the kids have trouble making friends. Watching my little ones cry when kids are mean to them is heartbreaking.

In my Goldfish article this month, I talk about what we’ve been doing to try to help them make friends.

connecting with my kids


photograph by Stuart Richardson, 2013

I love this photograph my son took. For one, I don’t look fat in it . . . most pictures my kids take are of me in that exact moment when I’m smiling and have a double chin or something, and others are when I’m slouching or looking angry. In this one, I look content, and I’m in the kitchen, which is where I feel the most in my element. I love that the shot is candid, and I love that Stuart is following in my footsteps and working on his own skills as an artist, a designer, and even as a cook. Have I ever told you what a great support he is to me as a blogger? Maybe I never have . . . that’ll be a post for another time.

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