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It’s almost been a year since I last posted. I didn’t mean to take a year off, but the next thing you know it’s October and you haven’t posted since last November. I have a few ideas about what happened in the meantime: 1) I had to recuperate from the Geek cruise I went on [...]

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Armchair Parenting

I’m in the San Francisco Bay area this week, down from Portland for the annual Macworld trade show. If you’re at the show, come say “hi” at booth S313. (It’s a crazy week for those of us who work in the Mac industry–if I don’t get a chance to blog again before January 20, I [...]

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If that title makes you squirm, sorry, but that’s what I saw last night. I was playing with Violet and Dash, when Jack-Jack calls me to look at him. He was holding his right hand out, and it was literally dripping blood. I have seen a few scrapes with kids before, but not that much [...]

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Like most people, I have some personal resolutions for 2008. I thought it would also be interesting to come up with some aunt-related resolutions. 1) Get more pictures taken with the niece/nephews I don’t have enough photos of myself and the niece/nephews. Instead of wishing I had more from when they were younger, I’m going [...]

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Last year, my brother (Uncle Bob) introduced us all to a DVD called Dan Zanes & Friends: All Around the Kitchen! Crazy Video and Concert Songs We watched it with the kids a kajillion times. And, I now confess, I’ve watched Dan Zanes even without the kids. He is that adorable. From his website: “Once [...]

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When Jack-Jack was born, I learned of a fantastic book and video called The Happiest Baby on the Block by pediatrician Harvey Karp. It changed the way I approach the crying newborn problem. Dr. Karp talks about the five S’s: swaddling, side (or stomach) swinging, shushing, and sucking. In a nutshell, babies are happiest when [...]

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“Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien.” – Voltaire I registered the domain “thefavoriteaunt.com” well over a year ago. For at least a year before that, I starting thinking about creating a resource for aunts. As Voltaire said (more or less), “The perfect is the enemy of the good.” Most writers suffer from this problem. I [...]

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