Several hands went up when Scolinos asked how many Little League coaches were in the room. “Do you know how wide home plate is in Little League?” After a pause, someone offered, “17 inches,” more question than answer.
Our society today is obsessed with timelines and milestones. Everywhere you turn, there are checklists, pamphlets, books, and charts telling you what your children "should" be doing by a certain age. It's enough to make any parent neurotic.
Now that fall’s in full swing, the Christmas season is creeping ever and ever closer. As a mom who strives to be practical in every way, I try to steer clear of presents for my kids that are mere “fluff.”