The Plagued Parent

posts about surviving our children, the Baby Boomers who raised us, and everyone else with an opinion...


Philosophy is often characterized as being the study of knowledge, existence and reality as an academic discipline. The term is also regarded as being a theory or attitude by which guides the way a person or an organization acts. The origin of character. Bill Watterson, the creator of the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, has said that […]

Oh, boy!

Sometimes you get backed into a corner. Sometimes you are the reason for being in the corner. Other times it’s an unforeseen consequence of being shortsighted. In other words, you were being stupid. When you find yourself up the creek without a proverbial paddle, or said creek is full of excrement (you figure that one out), […]

Lunch Time

Ah, school lunch in elementary school. The cafeteria, aka the “all-purpose” room, with the fold out tables, no windows and sometimes a stage at one end. Teachers aides, or occasionally the teachers who weren’t quick enough to invoke “planning time” roamed the polished linoleum trying to police who was rolling tater tots across the room, […]


Without imagination, Calvin would not be Calvin. And he certainly would not be able to lay waste and siege to the metropolis of his choice.   Without imagination Hobbes would not be Hobbes. He’d merely be fabric and fluff rather than the ferocious body guard Calvin needs him to be.  Without imagination, snowmen would be […]

High Dive

It takes a certain degree of fearlessness to grab the step ladder from the garage, drag the inflatable pool to the middle of the yard, fill the pool with the garden hose, and ascend for the ultimate-super-duper-triple-spiral-back-flippy-thing. As with any daredevil-like stunt planning is involved. And by planning I mean moving nonchalantly through the engineering […]


The game in question is… In order to play the game of Calvinball you need all, some or none of the following equipment: tennis rackets, croquet mallets, wickets, volleyballs, water balloons, assorted flags or any other sports items you might think of. There are no rules except for the only permanent rule that Calvin mentions — […]


Existentialism can be defined as “a philosophical theory or approach that emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will”; translated from the Dutch “existents-forhold” or ‘condition of existence’. Calvin is nothing if not a sheer force of will personified. It should be natural […]


The equation is simple — in theory. You cook it, they eat it. Yea, right. Actually, we’ve been lucky. Our children never really gave us too much grief at the dinner table. They’ve always eaten just about anything you put in front of them. My almost-16-year-old actually has greater moments of difficulty at the dinner […]


No, not that Calvin. Not the 16th century theological reformer. No this Calvin is the one in need of reform.   Yes, that’s the Calvin I’m talking about. He defies authority and is addicted to television and Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs cereal. He eschews formal education for the experiential kind. He borders on the brink […]


“Because!” This is the parenting go-to when our limit has been reached. When the teeth are still unbrushed ten minutes past bedtime; when the muddy sneakers have made it un-wiped past the door mat; when the same muddy shoes are left blocking the door; when the bathroom is covered in wet towels and laundry; and the bedroom, the […]


Anthropomorphism is attirbuting human traits, emotions, and intentions onto non-human entities and this act of cognition is considered by some to be an innate tendency of human psychology. Psychologists consider the concept a form of cognitive bias. We use brain patterns (schemas) to layer human qualities upon the non-human based on what we’ve come believe about […]

64 Days? That’s it? Oy vey!

This isn’t like me… For the first time in my adult life, I am actually rooting for a politician, a president, to fail. I’ve never felt this way before and I grew up in the Reagan years — which oddly enough many seen to pine nostalgically for. Some want to blame government for the muck […]

Theme Revealed!

April 1 begins the Blogging from A to Z challenge. For anyone not familiar with this, bloggers accept the challenge of writing daily posts that correspond with a letter from the alphabet. Typically, most bloggers select a central theme around which to build their alphabetically oriented posts. I did this last year and focused posts […]

The Fantastic Mr. Fox

If you had seen him for yourself, you’d likely dispute his fantasticalness. He was worn, thin with a faded and thinning coat, ashen nose, dark and darting eyes, and… no tail.  Yes, his tail was missing.   Because of this I decided he was indeed a fantastic fox. Last week our dog Beckham, a Welsh Corgi […]

The Specter of Sacrifice

I forgot Ash Wednesday. No big surprise; I forgot last year too. I probably could have swung into the church I only haphazardly attend. I dropped my daughter off at school for 7 am so I could have stopped in… but I didn’t. So begins a stretch of 40 days and nights where my family […]

Browned and Tan Cookies

If you are looking for a cookie chock full of flavor and chips this is the one for you! Browned butter deepens the flavor and butterscotch chips and toffee bits add a little ‘tan’ to the mix. Browned and Tan Cookies Ingredients: 2 sticks of unsalted butter 1 1/2c. all purpose flour 1c. bread flour […]

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