Were You Born That Way?

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Forty]

Deborah Siegel, gender scholar and mother of boy/girl twins, brings to life key research about the gendering of childhood in the earliest years of life.

Taking us through a personal journey peppered with blunders and epiphanies, she challenges us to move beyond pink and blue and learn something new about gender from society’s smallest experts: our kids.

But first the news:

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Deborah wants us to remember to:

  1. Embrace the purple.
  2. With great power comes great responsibility.
  3. Small change brings big change.
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How Is It Only Tuesday?

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Thirty Four]

Yesterday felt like one of the longest in the world – a single twenty four hour period lasted days and days – mostly because all three children were home in the morning and only one managed to get into emergency daycare for the afternoon.

We are so NOT meant to be full time parents.

In addition to full time jobs.

But first the news:

Also, how is it only ten in the morning?!?

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Due To Ice, Everything Is Closed

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Thirty Three]

This time it’s not just school, but also daycares, at least until one o’clock.


But first the news:

Each parent has a minion plus the oldest is enjoying Free Play without screens because of COURSE he got in trouble last night – no screens for five days which wasn’t supposed to be a big deal cause it’s Monday through Friday, so of course school is closed today and he’s not allowed to screen.


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I’m Doing Okay, I Swear

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Twenty One]


No one’s throwing up.

Or otherwise sick.


The construction in our house has gone up a few notches and suddenly there’s four construction workers for two days in a row now and while we’ve got a kitchen with a new stove, microwave / oven, and faucet AND a new mostly working bathroom, our house is still, mostly, a construction site.

But first the news:

Despite the beautiful new appliances and the potential for beautiful new renovation, I’m overwhelmed.

Like I’m riding in a plane without a seat belt.

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And Now It’s First Minion’s Turn

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Twenty]

Photo by Magda V on Unsplash


This morning.

At one in the morning.

I have never been so happy to be second pick.

First Minion threw up in bed and called out for the one he wanted to come rescue him from all the grossness. And that person was Not Me.

But first the news:

During the first puking, Boy Twin needed cuddles, so I got out of bed, too, to help calm the Peanut Gallery.

It’s a hard life to lie in bed with a Boy Twin while he giggles and pets your face.

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