Eric Williams

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A Model for Apologies

Does this conversation sound familiar to you? “Say sorry to your brother.” “But he’s the one who–” “Say it!” you insist, an edge of warning in your voice. He huffs, rolls his eyes to the side and says flatly, “Sorry.” “Say it like you mean it,” you demand. “Sorrrrry,” he repeats, dragging out the word … Continue reading »

Ko Rule!

“Yes you are!” “No I’m not!” “Yes you are!” “No I’m not!” And so on, ad infinitum et nauseum. Every parent hates back-and-forth fights like that. There’s no resolution, and everyone loses – including parents. I now have a name for that kind of nonsense, though, and naming is the first step toward taming, right? OK, … Continue reading »

It’s a Neighborly Day in This Beauty Wood

I’ve complained recently about folks being nebby (here and here). It’s only fair that I also mention folks being neighborly, which is something that happened today. I took all three kids on a walk to our church for St. Anthony’s Day mass and brunch – a distance of approximately 2 miles. Naturally, we also walked … Continue reading »

Lapse in Judgement?

This story infuriates me. A mother named Kim Brooks left her 4yo buckled up in the car for five minutes on a cool day and ended up facing criminal charges. “He glanced up at me, his eyes alight with what I’d come to recognize as a sort of pre-tantrum agitation. ‘No, no, no, no, no! I … Continue reading »

Gifted Privilege

priv·i·lege noun \ˈpriv-lij, ˈpri-və-\ : a right or benefit that is given to some people and not to others. “Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do, because they’re so frightfully clever. I’m really awfully glad I’m a Beta, because I don’t work so hard. And then we are much better than the Gammas … Continue reading »