Category: Parenting

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Reasonable Goals.

It is time for that 3′ish weeks every Spring where I’m miserable from allergies. I get various levels of relief from various medicines, but then the side-effects of those medicines cause an assortment of issues. Or maybe there’s the side effects of just being exhausted from not being able to sleep restfully for long periods of time. Basically, it’s 3′ish weeks of feeling different shades of shitty. And of course, whenever I feel shitty, the first things that is sacrificed is my parenting skills. After I picked up the kids from school yesterday, things went South faster than I could...

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Those Who Can, Teach – Those Who Can’t, Don’t Teach Because It Causes Their Children Emotional Pain

My major complaint about my Dad was that he was the worst teacher in the world. I think this was because of two things: 1) He was too smart to ever understand how/why I didn’t understand something. 2) He had absolutely NO patience. Spoiler Alert: Those traits were evidently genetic. And those genetics were passed on to me. I learned early on with E that I was AWFUL at helping with homework because I was just like my Dad. Because, I had been on the receiving end of that “help” I remembered how awful it was and basically, E and...

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The 4 Ds Of The Morning In The Zoot House

Getting two kids ready for school is like carrying a stack of dishes across a busy intersection, one wrong move and you’re dead. If everyone wakes up easily, is in a good mood, and is focused – the morning goes FINE and we’re off to school without one dose of yelling or griping. That never happens. Having TWO kids to get ready this year has made mornings even more challenging. But I think I finally have the hang of it. (Let’s not discuss that it’s MARCH.) I used to give the kids 30 minutes to eat/get ready because they really...

Jeez, Kid. What Do I Look Like? Your MOM? 8

Jeez, Kid. What Do I Look Like? Your MOM?

So, Wesley gets leg cramps. Before we go any further, let me assure you: We have tried your method! I promise! He’s been suffering from them off and on since he was 2, they’re growing pains that follow a pattern, and we’ve tried EVERYTHING. We have a system of methods we try in order of least disruptive and it’s a functioning system. I only add this because – I find that “leg cramps” garners more advice than breastfeeding or diapering. I think because everyone remembers the horror of it and wants to impart their learned wisdom. So, I want to...

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This Kid Is Going To Be A Phenomenal Graffiti Artist Some Day

When I was in college I had a simple wooden picnic table my Dad made me that I painted and re-painted a million times due to an irresistible desire to constantly doodle new patterns on the surface of it. I doodled in all of my textbooks and constantly needed pads of paper near a phone to write as I talked. Over the years this compulsive doodling faded but my kids seem to have the same tendencies. At least the boys. E has a desk in his room he picked up off the side of the road that is COVERED in...