In Belfast, in the stunningly gorgeous building dedicated by Prince Edward in 1932 (he who abdicated), where the Northern Ireland Assembly convenes, I learned why I can never be president of the United States.
I have recently added a new weapon to my child-rearing arsenal. It's called reverse psychology. Here's how it works: I give Chloe a cup of milk, but she wants juice. She pushes the cup away and says, "I don't want it. I want juice."
Do you love brownies? Then this tip is for you. Rather than trying to cut your brownies with a knife, use an old credit card instead. A knife will usually mess up the brownies when you drag it through the pan. With the credit card, you simply push it down into the brownies - don't drag it. Just make sure that you clean the credit card before using it.
Question: My 4-year-old son is not fully engaged when he has a friend over for a play date. His twin sister makes friends easily and the difference between them is glaring. When I arrange a play date for him, he is excited but then, after the friend arrives, he gradually slips off to play by himself.
Before you throw an iPod or iPhone away because it is not working, consider checking out the Web site www.ifixit.com. This cool little site tells you how to fix a variety of ailments. It has step-by-step pictures and even tells you what tools you need to use. Fascinating stuff.
I hate it when I'm at a party and I go to get ice for my drink and the ice is floating in water. If you're hosting a party and you leave your ice out, consider putting it in a colander and then put the colander over a bowl. The melted ice will collect in the bowl and stay away from your ice cubes.
The other night I had a dream. I walked by Chloe's room and from the other side of her closed door I heard a conversation she was having with Cole. "So the long and short of it is, there is no Daddy. Despite there being some evidence of his existence - even though some of that evidence is pretty compelling - you have to understand that Daddy really doesn't exist."
This past April, I was lucky enough to attend the first opening night in Wrigley Field history. As a long-suffering Cubs fan - I played second base when Ryne Sandberg was the best second baseman - this was a dream come true.
Saturday is Independence Day. Happy Birthday, America! And what better way to celebrate this auspicious occasion than to embrace the red, white and blue and all the goodness and greatness it represents.