Goodnights 

The above panel illustrates a typical response from Frances at bedtime. Instead of saying goodnight in return, her unique use of language — posing an unrelated question — is the norm. (She is six years old here.) The following response is one of the most memorable:  At the age of eight, she now will occasionallyContinue reading “Goodnights “

On choosing pets 

For many years, watching documentaries has been part of Frances’s very strict bedtime routine: if she does not watch a documentary or if she falls asleep during one, she will wake in the middle of the night crying and repeating, “I didn’t watch a documentary.” So, I try to start bedtime early enough so thatContinue reading “On choosing pets “

Escaping the confines…

We were leaving a bookstore when my six-year-old daughter’s frantic little voice reached me. Frances excitedly  waved a book from her favourite Mo Willems series in my face: It was as if she had always hoped that the author’s characters would develop greater self-awareness. I couldn’t stop myself from giggling.