Category Archives: parenting

unbalanced 20-sided die?

My son recently bought a 20-sided “spin down” die. Here’s a similar one: It’s really useful in the game “Magic The Gathering” because you use it to keep track of your life points. My other son and I, however, were … Continue reading

Posted in fun, mathematica, parenting, physics | 1 Comment

>leaf update

>It appears that one lawn bag holds between 40,000 and 50,000 leaves. The boys have renegotiated for $1/bag from now on. They’re not dumb, those two. here’s the description of the project

Posted in math, parenting | Leave a comment

>Leaf math

> The leaves have definitely fallen and I’m going to have my kids do some counting for money. I figure $1 for every 100,000 leaves should do the trick. Of course, it only counts if they get the leaves in … Continue reading

Posted in math, parenting | Leave a comment

>Cereal with less than 10 g of sugar

>In our continuing efforts to keep the kids healthy, I’ve decided to enforce a hard threshold of less than 10 g of sugar per serving in their cereal. I came to that number mostly arbitrarily but it’s worked out pretty … Continue reading

Posted in parenting | Leave a comment

>My new diet

>I’m trying to be a little more healthy this year so I’m trying to follow my new diet more closely. It’s actually very simple: if it’s homemade, you can eat all you want. I figure that all the weird preservatives … Continue reading

Posted in parenting | Leave a comment

>Books my kids read

> We’re using Google Spreadsheets (and the cool built-in form generator) to keep track of the books we read. http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pUaHxoDA2HpDxe5FU6lY0QQ&output=html&gid=0&single=true&widget=true

Posted in parenting | Leave a comment

>Reading for tv

>We’re trying to keep our boys from just watching tv all day here at the end of vacation. We’ve gone to having them bank tv minutes by either reading or playing outside. So far today they’ve cycled through reading for … Continue reading

Posted in parenting | Leave a comment

>Diaries for boys

>The boys and I tried to find a store (online) that sold diaries with locks FOR BOYS. It turns out that’s hard to do! We decided to go buy a journal from a bookstore and we’ll jury-rig (is that how … Continue reading

Posted in parenting | Leave a comment