Daniel Kligerman

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Board Games

Now that our son is three, we have started to play board games with him. Unfortunately, most of the games you find at toy stores range from average to terrible–they tend to be repetative, boring and have little educational value.

Thankfully, there is BoardGameGeek.com. There, you can find reviews and comments on thousands of games, including a ranked list of games for kids. They also revise the recomended ages for games, since the manufacturer isn’t always right. Finally, they have a marketplace, where you can buy games that your local store doesn’t stock, or that are out of print, from other site members. So far I have done this twice with excellent results.

We have three games so far: Cariboo Island, Gulo Gulo, and Go Away Monster. All are excellent, and perfect for preschoolers. They challenge just enough, and have a repeating sequence of play that a three-year-old can learn quickly.

Of course, lots of open-ended toys and unstructured play is important too, but I think it’s great that there are some higher-quality board games available for kids of this age. And check out BoardGameGeek, no matter how old you are.

Moving

Alas, I have not found the time recently to post anything here.

Life with Baby

For those of you who don’t know, Joshua William Kligerman arrived at 4:27am on February 13, 2007, weighing in at 6lb and 4oz, at Mount Sinai hospital in Toronto.

Besa & Anthony’s Wedding

This past Saturday was Besa and Anthony’s wedding.

Orthodox Wedding

Last night we attended a cousin’s orthodox wedding.

Bat-Mitzvah

One of my cousins had her bat-mitzvah on Sunday at a brand new sanctuary in the new Hillel building at the University of Toronto. It

Family Housewarming

We had my side of the family over last weekend for the first of three planned housewarmings. It was a good time; a little funny to actually be hosting a family event at our own place, but nice at the same time. The house was a hit, which was satisfying considering the amount of work we have put into it over the past couple months.

The second housewarming will be for our friends, and the third for the other side of the family.

But first, our good friends’ wedding is this weekend.

Cutting the Grass

I just finished cutting our grass for the first time. A friend of mine, who is moving from a house back to an apartment, gave me his lawn mower as a house-warming gift, so all I had to do was pick up some gas, and wait for a dry day. This afternoon seemed like a good time, and the grass-cutting experience seems to have been a success; our lawn is no longer embarrassingly long.

Last night we hosted my sister-in-law’s birthday get-together, which was lots of fun. Some interesting people, mostly a few years younger than me, who brought along with them some music which they consider retro but which I remember from a few years ago. It was nice to see our house filled with people enjoying themselves.

Today being mother’s day, we decided to bake a cake for each of our moms. The recipe was called “Best-Ever Banana Cake”, and it did not lie; the cakes were well-received and, I must say, delicious.

Valentine

Today is Valentine’s day.

Ruth

On Saturday night we went for dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, which I believe has the best steak in the city.

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