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· Naughties
· · 2008
· · · November
· · · · 12 (2 entries)

Discipline · Our adorable daugh­ter, al­most 2½, is strong-willed. This lead­s, oc­ca­sion­al­ly, to melt­downs at the din­ner table. Lau­ren and I both feel that nei­ther screech­ing nor throw­ing things is ac­cept­able. When her broth­er, now 9, was deal­ing with sim­i­lar is­sues, we found that “time out” was an ef­fec­tive cor­rec­tive. He found ban­ish­ment such a shat­ter­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that our bar­gain­ing pow­er, once he got the link­age be­tween crime and pun­ish­men­t, was tremen­dous. With the girl, not so much. When ban­ished, she sits in the cor­ner and bur­bles in a cute kind of way. And re­cent­ly, when she’s get­ting to­ward the end of din­ner, on a few oc­ca­sions she’s slipped out of her chair and said, in her adorable lit­tle munchkin voice, “Now I go time-out, bye.” She tod­dles over to the penal­ty box, leav­ing us non­plussed, to emerge in a cou­ple of min­utes chortling glee­ful­ly. Some­one is un­clear on the con­cept and I’m not sure it’s her. What’s the next op­tion, the cat o’ nine tail­s?
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How I Use My Mac · I switched in 2002 and have writ­ten prob­a­bly way too much on my re­la­tion­ship with Ap­ple com­put­er­s, in­clud­ing one piece grandiose­ly en­ti­tled How To Use Mac OS X. Wel­l, I use one for sev­er­al hours a day al­most ev­ery day and while I feel a lit­tle hum­bler now, I still thought it would be worth­while writ­ing down the prac­tices that serve this par­tic­u­lar ex­pe­ri­enced and in­tense us­er well. It cross­es my mind that there might be a use­ful mi­nor meme in this if a few oth­ers did too ...
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