Archimedes’ Principle

Cai and Cael, our 4-year-old twin boys, took a bath tonight.

Cai accused me of overfilling the tub because the water ran out of the overflow drain when he got in.

I did overfill the tub, but I don’t like being wrong a whole lot (read: at all).

So I thought I ought to correct Cai’s idea of my wrongness.  Because I’m mature that way.

I explained the law of water displacement. ...  read more

5 Quick Questions on Parenting

It’s time for a new edition of 5 Quick Questions.

This is my opportunity to get to know you better, and it’s one of the best things we do here because it turns out you are very good at truth-telling, friends. To those of you who used the last few volumes to delurk, it’s wonderful to meet you! And to those of you who’ve been around a while, mucking about in this space and putting your feet on the furniture? You’re always rad. Thank you. ...  read more

Children: Truth-Tellers, Pride-Smashers

ID-10054685“Hey, Mom! Did you know that a silverback mountain gorilla weighs 450 pounds? That’s a lot, right, Mom?”

“Yep. That’s pretty cool. Silverback gorillas must be pretty big.”

“How big is that, Mom? Like, as big as dad?”

Bigger than dad. More than twice as big as dad.”

“Whoa! So, it’s like, probably as big as you, right, Mom?” ...  read more

My Kid Wet My Bed

I’m away this weekend with my littlest three kiddos in Alaska.

While I’m away, I’m sharing tidbits that I originally posted only on the Five Kids Facebook page.

In the meantime, I leave you with these two tidbits brought to you by my son Cai:

Tidbit#1
My Kid Wet My Bed

My 5-year-old wet my bed last night. While I was in it. Again.

Mmm…what a warm and wonderful way to wake up. All leisurely and slow and stretchy and “what is that delicious aroma?” and “OHCRAP, OHCRAP, OHCRAP!” ...  read more