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[3 Jul 2011 | 10 Comments | ]
State Should Stay Out of the Circumcision Debate

!function(d,s,id) {var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if (!d.getElementById(id)) {js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);When Win was born in October of 2010, Tara and I had long before decided not to circumcise.  Indeed the decision was made prior to the birth of our daughter, Theory.
The decision was a journey on my part.  While one of my cousins had chosen not to circumcise their kids, everyone else in my family was circumcised.  I had not given it a lot of thought.   But when Tara became pregnant, and not knowing the sex of Theory, the issue suddenly was in front of us.
In …

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[19 Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
The Hidden World of Waldorf

!function(d,s,id) {var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if (!d.getElementById(id)) {js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);On a beautiful sunny Saturday, Tara and I took Theory to go see the Marin Waldorf School.  We are interested in having Theory spend a few hours, maybe 2 days a week, in a classroom setting.  We’d like her to have more opportunity to socialize with children her age and grow comfortable being separated from us.
We heard that Waldorf was a warm and comforting environment, nurturing children in a developmentally appropriate way that celebrates play, imagination, and the natural world.  Before going, we visited the website. …

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[14 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

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Win has really developed a personality in the past month.  He is a very happy gregarious baby.   Much of the time he sits contently and look around, playing with his newly discovered appendages.   He coos and woos and tries to hone in on your face.
Win smiles, mimics your facial expressions, and even plays back when you sing “la la al.”  He is a musical genius.  Win has also recently become ticklish and really responds with a deep full-bodied laugh when you tickle his sides.
A few times …

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[19 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]

!function(d,s,id) {var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if (!d.getElementById(id)) {js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);We live with a caveman – according to The Happiest Toddler on the Block.  One minute Theory is happy and smiling saying “I like that song” or “I like pancakes” with the greatest sense of enthusiasm.  The next minute she is whining and demanding to be held, tears in her eyes and despair on her face.  It is heart wrenching.
While I recognize that it could be much much worse, it has been nevertheless a difficult transition.  Theory is not that jealous, but she needs attention and …