Category Archives: Parenting

“Why would you want to live in Aroostook County?”

They ask me, their faces creased in varied expressions of doubt and disapproval. “There’s nothing to do up there.”  They continue on, as though telling me will make me believe it. “The County’s dead and I’m glad I left.”  They say often with a sense of slight satisfaction and disdain. “It’s too cold up there […]


I read this fantastic blog post a few months ago and took notes. I modified this contract to better suit our parenting style but the idea is the same.  In this early morning’s summer vacation sleep fest fog, I dragged the teenagers to the kitchen table and handed them pens.  It took them less than […]