The Brother: Musings from an A-musing Soul #1. A list of pet peeves.

For some unfathomable reason, people love sharing their pet peeves. As if people would actually take note and stop their annoying behavior! In reality, everyone is having too much fun doing what they enjoy and likely won’t change their lifestyle because someone else is whining. So, for the sake of fitting in, here are two pet peeves of mine:

1: Lists

2: Poor math skills

3: Irony

The Matriarch: Cool Apps and Resources to Help your Kids with Math this Summer


I don’t know if Math Anxiety is listed in the mental health manuals, but its effects are real, and if not totally devastating, they can at least ruin a perfectly good family evening, especially the night before a test.

Math Anxiety can develop early or late, and can be triggered by a recent change in the child’s math environment: maybe a new teacher, a confusing textbook, or a sudden increase in the level of difficulty. Sensitivities vary, with some students unable to tolerate any mention of numbers at all, while others react strongly just to fractions and decimals. Personally, I’ve noticed that some students get along just fine with algebra but have severe reactions to geometric proofs, and vice versa, which is usually related to either being more logically or more visually inclined in their thinking.

In our family, symptoms of Math Anxiety have ranged from mild to severe. Quiet reluctance and procrastination may give way to loud protests, the emotional scrunching of homework pages, or full-blown hysteria.  The police have never appeared to investigate, but I know the neighbors are wondering what’s going on.

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The New York Mom: Summertime

Popsicles are such a great way to cool off in the summer, but I find that all store bought ones are way too sweet, even the so-called “healthy” ones made with a lot of fruit and sold in health food stores.

Lemonade made with raw honey is much more flavorful than when it’s made with sugar, and it has a lot of health benefits. You can enjoy it and feel good.

Here is the simple recipe:

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The New York Mom: Before and After Bathroom

In Brooklyn, so many of the apartments were built near the beginning of the century and not much has changed. Renting an old apartment has its charms and flaws; tall ceilings, interesting molding, thick walls, but then there is the bathroom with the scratched tub, cracked and mismatching subway tiles, and not the neatest paint job.

On the bright side, there is a new toilet.

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The Teen: Mushroom Shallot Omelette with Black Beans, Avocado and Feta

The TeenHere is a tasty dish you can make if you have a little extra time in the morning. Absolutely feel free to substitute the black beans with whichever you might prefer; kidney, pinto, navy, even lentils. This can also work with whatever grains you have lying around and can cook up a small batch of, like quinoa, tabbouleh, couscous, or short-grain brown rice.


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