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a toothsome day

Japonaise Bakery Bread

Pun intended, I did visit the dentist this am (warning: back-to-back health care visits can make you punchy – I usually do not care for puns).  I was so besieged by requests for more yummy Shoku Kan (you know who you are) that I went back again to the wonderful Japonaise Bakery.  Yes, it was a hardship for me, exposing myself to more delicious baked goods, but that’s the kind of mom I am.  I bought tons of the bread (regular, wheat, and the house favorite, heavy cream). The  photo does not do the bread justice.  It is really amazing.

I also had a chocolate almond cookie, just so I could share the information, not because I really wanted one.  It was wonderfully delicious and did not make it home.  I think it is a good thing that this favorite is at a distance that discourages daily visits.  Of course I have other favorites;  Hi-Rise Bread Company in Cambridge, Flour in the South End, Bread and Chocolate and L’Aroma in Newton. In the interest of health (mine), I will not write about all of them in one week.

What is your favorite bakery?
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a visit and a doughnut

from Citrus Quark's blog

After a morning of medical appointments – just the annual almost pain-free mammogram and always delightful (no, really – I like him) GYN visit,  I  purchased treats from the Japonaise Bakery to sustain myself for the long ride home from Brookline.

I first read about this bakery years ago in The Boston Globe and thought I had caught a rare Globe editing error. “An doughnut”  was a mistake surely the writer meant  “a doughnut”?  The writer did not.  The An doughnut is a red bean paste (azuki)  filled doughnut (made seemingly of sunlight and air) and then covered with granulated sugar.   Okay, I kind of love this treat.  Lest you think that I am eating only pure sugar, I also had the most prettily packaged sandwiches.  Choices include egg salad (I am particular, theirs is divine), tuna salad, ham or turkey.  The sandwiches are on a soft crustless bread (regular shoku pan) and are substantial enough for lunch.  Great looking salads and other pastry items, too.  The hands-down favorite is Heavy Cream Shoku Pan which is traditional Japanese white bread made with heavy cream.  My youngest calls it the white fluffy bread.  All is lovely, both service and food.

The photo above was from another blog that I found today
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Mammogram Day

Not such a red-letter day but a reminder to get your mammogram.  Yes, I know there was a study that said women don’t need an annual mammogram.  There is other information that says it is the right thing  to do.  Here is the link to the Susan G. Komen site and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.  Good link to Time magazine about the controversy.

4 tips for a great Parent/Teacher conference

Seriously, you ask? Why this topic? Well, our conferences are coming up and it made me think about what makes for a successful meeting with the teacher.

There are as many different styles of teaching as there are of parenting but generally you are not consulted on the teacher that your child gets.  You may have a perfect match and think your child’s teacher is like Miss Jean from Romper Room (but with more degrees) or you may have the great with kids/not-so-great-with parents teacher (hint: you do want this teacher – it is not about you). The teacher’s style might differ from your own. Whatever it is, as long as the teacher is competent and fair, your needs are not primary.  Remember, although you prefer your style, your child will benefit from learning how to deal with people with different styles.  Just a little prep for the working world.

Here are some tips to make the most of your ten minutes of conference time.

Tip #1:    Dress nicely. No, I do not mean pull out all the stops and your fanciest duds.  I do mean be respectful.  You are going to the teacher’s place of employment and discussing your child.  I wore a twin set and nice pants to my preschool-aged child’s first conference.  Let’s be clear, I had a 3-year-old and an 8-month-old.  I had not been out of t-shirts and sweats in, well, maybe 3 years and 8 months.  The teacher noticed the effort and we joked about it.  Great start to a terrific preschool.  Lose the workout gear and put on something decent.  It does matter.

Tip #2:  Be respectful in manner as well as dress. It is their job and all teachers do know that this is your child and you want only the best for them.  They do.  Listen to their concerns, if any, or simply bask in the praise.

Tip #3:  Be prepared with particular questions about the curriculum and your child’s progress. You may think that the curriculum is not rigorous enough. You may feel it is too challenging. Find out how to support your child in reaching their academic goals. If both you and your spouse attend, talk before to make sure you are on the same page.

Tip #4:  Be mindful of the time. Whether you have a list of questions and concerns or just get off topic, there are other people waiting. If your conference starts late, you may go a few minutes over if you haven’t covered everything but you can always follow-up by email, telephone or schedule a follow-up appointment.

Follow these tips and you will have a great conference and have the added goodwill of the teacher.

Oh, and turn off all electronic devices.

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