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TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The movie "5 to 7" is all about all kinds of love

There is a dearth of resources on how to be the parent of adult children. As soon as we conceive we are inundated with a barrage of advice and countless books to...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Apr. 15, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Apr 17, 2015 at 7:20 am | 4 comments | 324 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

In the company of mice

I would like to spend our next vacation not in the company of mice. How is it that during our last two trips we have shared our living quarters with small furry...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Apr. 11, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Apr 12, 2015 at 8:41 pm | 5 comments | 1131 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

An injury

Last week our 12-year-old daughter broke her ankle playing basketball. It is just short of miraculous that we have five kids and have had only one other bone broken....

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Mar. 4, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Mar 10, 2015 at 11:46 am | 11 comments | 2059 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The teenage brain

Recent studies have shed light on what is happening in adolescents' brains that make this a uniquely fascinating, but also perplexing and concerning life phase....

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Feb. 21, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Feb 25, 2015 at 4:50 pm | 14 comments | 3919 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Family theater at its best!

From Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, life is a fog of airline bookings, tree decorating, card writing, menu planning, gift wrapping, grocery shopping, table setting,...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Dec. 22, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jan 3, 2015 at 4:31 pm | 8 comments | 2050 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

First interview

As each child departs for college, I console myself by thinking of all the free time I will have to finally tackle the to-do list. Well, somehow, before I make...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Dec. 16, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Dec 19, 2014 at 7:13 am | 10 comments | 2307 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Mothers, daughters, books, and boxes

One of the benefits of having our nest a little emptier is that we can spend one-on-one time with our youngest children. For many years, friends and parent educators...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Nov. 23, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Nov 24, 2014 at 3:22 pm | 4 comments | 1919 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Easy living

As I settled in a sunny spot this morning to read the paper and watch my youngest child at a swim meet, I received a text with a photo of snow flurries from my daughter,...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Nov. 16, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Nov 20, 2014 at 7:38 pm | 11 comments | 3037 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Dismantling the shrine

Our adult children depart for far-away places with the intention of being gone for many months, but leave their childhood bedrooms in a state that suggests they...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Sep. 23, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Sep 26, 2014 at 10:15 pm | 2 comments | 1966 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Twenty-five years of wedded bliss

My husband and I celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary this month. We met in Palo Alto 30 years ago last week. I had recently moved from the East Coast to Southern...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Sep. 2, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Sep 4, 2014 at 8:08 pm | 6 comments | 1514 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Foothills Park: a world away

Last weekend we celebrated the end of summer vacation with a church camping trip to nearby Foothills Park. This camping trip has become a popular tradition, probably...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Aug. 23, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Aug 29, 2014 at 1:16 pm | 17 comments | 2614 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Trophies for all!

There are 61 trophies on display in our home. I have tried to convince my children to reduce the size of their collections, mostly because I am allergic to dust...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Aug. 3, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Aug 23, 2014 at 4:55 pm | 24 comments | 4470 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The life of Zarf

Are you considering acquiring a tadpole to introduce your young child to the wonders of developmental and marine biology? Consider the possible consequences of such...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jul. 27, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Aug 2, 2014 at 1:28 pm | 12 comments | 2055 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Why is doing nothing so difficult?

A paper was published this month in the journal Science (choose "writing" and last title under "affective forecasting")...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jul. 18, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jul 22, 2014 at 10:07 am | 7 comments | 1875 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Of snorkeling, sunsets and centipedes

We spent the first few days of our Hawaiian vacation ridding our rental home of occupants of the creepy-crawly kind. The first night I...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jul. 13, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jul 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm | 6 comments | 1739 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Homework help: when less is more

We hear a lot of interesting comments about our large family, but my favorite is the question the custom official at the Beirut airport asked a few years back. ...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jul. 6, 2014
Last comment by parent of students with learning differences, on Jul 8, 2014 at 11:54 am | 17 comments | 2962 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Launching our third

Come September we will be launching our third child to college. His departure is still a few months away, but I recently accompanied him to his university's two-day...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jun. 26, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jul 6, 2014 at 9:15 am | 9 comments | 2761 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The pain of packing

Our family vacation is fast approaching. I love vacations but I dread the packing because my husband and I have completely different approaches. If my husband...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jun. 17, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jun 21, 2014 at 8:21 am | 10 comments | 1903 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Close encounters with wildlife

The best thing about kayaking in Elkhorn Slough near Moss Landing is that the sea otters have...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jun. 8, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jun 13, 2014 at 8:02 am | 8 comments | 2137 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Beach day

The day after school is out, my kids and I pack a picnic, gather friends, and head to Half Moon Bay and the beach. I grew...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jun. 1, 2014
Last comment by LJ, on Jun 4, 2014 at 6:09 pm | 5 comments | 1558 Views
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