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I’ve been fitbit

It started innocently enough. A friend of mine who just had her second child bought herself a fitbit, a little piece of digitized plastic that tracks how many steps you take in a day, the miles you walk, and the calories you burn.  Or the lack thereof, depending. R. swore by her little doodad; she walked and she walked and now, damned if she isn’t on week four of a  …

the hard part about learning something new is that you don’t know how to do it

Caleb came home from his third day at his new school and said “look, mommy, I can write my name in Arabic!”  And he did: It occurs to me that he may have actually written “suck it,” and I will never know. But still…he did it in Arabic. Linguists talk about a “critical age” for language acquisition: to become truly fluent in a non-native language, you need to start at …

Cereal as a cure for chaos? Maybe…

The school year is winding down and we’re getting ready to move. Each boy’s school has end-of-year celebrations and parties and exhibits; after-school classes are over; babysitters are away on vacation.  Add to that the pile of boxes in the middle of our apartment, waiting to be shipped to Abu Dhabi, and it’s like a double whammy of chaos around here. With all the schedule changes, family dinners have pretty …