The Adventures of the Super Kids: Cake

“I want a pirate cake for my birthday,” Happy Boy says—eight months before turning four-years-old. “And Sassy Girl wants a cat cake.” The order doesn’t change. At least twice a week, Happy Boy makes the same statement. Sassy Girl’s birthday is only three months away, but Mommy doesn’t know how to make a cat cake. … Read more

The Adventures of the Super Kids: Preschool, Part 2

Happy Boy is happy when he’s learning. Even though Mom tells him that it’s summer vacation and they aren’t having preschool, he wants to learn. So she buys him a small workbook. He finishes it, cover to cover, in two hours. She buys a large workbook. He finishes it in two days. Aunt Kissa buys … Read more

The Other Side of the Danish Welfare State

Over the past few years, I have seen a lot of articles shared on social media about the Scandinavian welfare state. I think it is natural, when there are problems in our own society, to look to the models of other societies for a solution. We will often find some good ideas in those models. … Read more

The Adventures of the Super Kids: The Cleverness of Friendly Boy

He is a few months shy of a year old, but already Friendly Boy is the long-suffering little brother. Happy Boy pulls him around as they “play,” happily smothering Friendly Boy with love. He piles on blankets and pillows, pretending they are a baby machine, ocean waves, or mountain caves. Mommy has to intervene so … Read more

The Adventures of the Super Kids: Introducing Friendly Boy

Friendly Boy has been charming everyone around him since birth. The nurses who took his measurements just minutes into his life couldn’t get enough of his big eyes and tall frame. He only cried when he was hungry, and even then only in a polite way. Happy Boy was excited to meet his brother and, … Read more

The Adventures of Happy Boy & Sassy Girl: Puzzles

It started at Mormor’s house. Their 5-year-old cousin took some puzzles out of the toy cabinet and asked Happy Boy if he wanted to do them together. Happy Boy nodded. Once his cousin showed him how they worked, he was transfixed. For a couple of hours he put together one puzzle after another, even after … Read more

The Adventures of Happy Boy & Sassy Girl: Best Friends

Happy Boy and Sassy Girl are best friends. They have been since the day they met. When Mommy and Daddy brought Sassy Girl home from the hospital, Happy Boy couldn’t stop talking about her—in his unintelligible, 1 1/2-year-old way. Of course, she couldn’t do much at that age. Happy Boy could hardly wait until she … Read more