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TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

A memorable Paly prom

Congratulations and thank you to Paly Principal Kim Diorio, her administrative team, the chaperoning teachers, the Associated Student Body, and the 750 Paly students...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Apr. 13, 2014
Last comment by LJ, on Apr 15, 2014 at 8:14 pm | 7 comments | 1029 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

College applications: round three

Our family has survived our third child applying to college. He plans to study at a University of California campus in close proximity to a beach, and he is thrilled...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Apr. 11, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Apr 15, 2014 at 7:58 am | 24 comments | 1740 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Issues across the ages: this too shall pass

A few years back I found myself with toddlers, teens and aging parents in my life. In dealing with these life stages simultaneously, I was amazed by how much they...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Mar. 27, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Apr 9, 2014 at 9:15 pm | 19 comments | 2195 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Finding the fun in fundraising

Up until a few weeks ago, I have assiduously avoided fundraising. With my medical background, I felt I could be more useful lice checking at school, instructing...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Mar. 13, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Mar 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm | 11 comments | 739 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Hope for a thaw between sisters

How auspicious to release the movie, "Frozen", during a winter when most of the US is shivering and shoveling? For moviegoers suffering through frigid temperatures,...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Feb. 27, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Mar 3, 2014 at 7:39 am | 10 comments | 1417 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Sharing a joke

My mother has Alzheimer's. She doesn't recognize me, but pretends she does. She has no idea when she last saw me, it could be yesterday or last year. She knows...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jan. 29, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Feb 28, 2014 at 1:33 pm | 21 comments | 830 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Delay in de-laning Paly 9th grade English is unfortunate

The Paly English department's recent proposal to de-lane 9th grade English has generated a lot of controversy. Today,

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Feb. 11, 2014
Last comment by Paly mom, on Feb 21, 2014 at 7:44 pm |
32 comments | 2312 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Lebanese success is more than the Triple Package

I am not a big fan of Amy Chua's earlier book in which she introduces the techniques of "Tiger Mom" parenting, but my lack of enthusiasm is mostly out of self interest....

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Feb. 19, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Feb 21, 2014 at 12:53 pm | 9 comments | 2713 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The favored child

I became aware that my family thinks I love the dog best when I received a Mother's Day card which read, "Happy Mother's Day from your favorite child…you know, the...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jan. 22, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jan 29, 2014 at 11:15 am | 12 comments | 1547 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Cold and wet in the dark

It is cold and I am shivering in my swimsuit. Why am I diving into a pool in the early morning darkness in the dead of winter? It's my kids' fault. A number...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jan. 15, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jan 19, 2014 at 8:16 pm | 12 comments | 1448 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The sites of The Sound of Music

We packed in a lot of magic on our family winter vacation to Germany and Austria. Highlights included the festive Christmas markets, castles, palaces, medieval...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jan. 8, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jan 17, 2014 at 2:15 pm | 18 comments | 1684 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Remembering my dad at Christmas

My dad was born on Christmas Day. We speculate that his confidence and big personality came at least in part from a childhood spent thinking that everyone was celebrating...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Dec. 18, 2013
Last comment by Gail, on Jan 2, 2014 at 3:42 pm | 22 comments | 4042 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Cold in California

Brrr! I grew up in states with real winters, snow and ice, but my children spend more time being cold in California than I ever did in the Midwest, because they...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Dec. 10, 2013
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Dec 12, 2013 at 10:28 am | 14 comments | 3956 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Savoring this year's "lasts"

With a son graduating from high school and our youngest graduating from elementary school, this is a school year of many "lasts" for us. We will soon be sending...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Dec. 1, 2013
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Dec 5, 2013 at 7:45 am | 9 comments | 5187 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Giving thanks by passing it forward

During the first few years we had kids, we kept careful track of what favors we owed to other parents. We worried whether we were doing our share, and we kept a...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Nov. 24, 2013
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Dec 3, 2013 at 10:19 am | 15 comments | 2778 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Driving instruction is our parenting challenge

Our daughter turned 13 a few weeks ago. Of course we are thrilled to have another teenager in the house, especially one so sensible that she has not asked for a...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Nov. 17, 2013
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Nov 23, 2013 at 9:14 am | 28 comments | 6033 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Why we go to church

When people learn that we are actively engaged in a faith community, we get a wide range of reactions. Some folks wonder why we bother to go to church, and how we...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Nov. 10, 2013
Last comment by Atheist, on Nov 15, 2013 at 7:36 pm | 28 comments | 2560 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The campus tour

Our family is in the throes of our third child applying to college. My husband and I are trying to talk our youngest children into alternative educational opportunities,...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Nov. 3, 2013
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Nov 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm | 24 comments | 5816 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

PAUSD calendar- a shorter summer?

For teachers, students, and their families, the school calendar defines our schedule. It determines when we work, when we play, when we study, and when we spend...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Oct. 27, 2013
Last comment by observations, on Nov 3, 2013 at 5:26 pm | 44 comments | 2092 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Being number one

A couple of decades ago my husband and I hosted a cocktail party before the Black and White Ball. It was a festive evening off in black tie attire with nine other...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Oct. 20, 2013
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Oct 28, 2013 at 5:45 pm | 26 comments | 2258 Views
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