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Away with Words

2 Feb

My son is 14 and usually pretty funny. And sometimes annoying. And in some cases (much to my chagrin) aggravatingly funny. His newest thing is to attempt to use VERY large vocabulary words (incorrectly, most of the time) to ask a question or describe a situation or to flip short and long vowels to mispronounce and draw out a word. So annoying… Continue reading

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(Quite Literally) Reading Between the Lines

22 Jan

In honor of #tbt (that’s Throw-Back Thursday) we are bringing back some of our (and your!) favorite pieces, many of them updated with new pics! Enjoy!

I spent the last four or five months worrying, losing sleep and praying to find a reason for the headaches, dizzy spells and accompanying stomach aches Ben kept having. Though they were real enough to him, I was fearful that they were a sign of either anxiety or some underlying disease lurking around. Continue reading

Village Voice – Driving the Message Home

15 Jan

There were 13 of us enjoying our Annual Up North Christmas Eve Dinner – Gary, myself, three of our good adult friends (Read more about The Importance of Mom Friends) and a group of eight kids, our own offspring and some of their friends.

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Wake Up Mommas and Poppas – I Don’t Want To Be In This Alone!

11 Jan

I often write about my very candid conversations with Ben and many of his friends. I am upfront and non-apologetic when it comes to Continue reading

From ‘Dazed and Confused’ to Aware and Involved

8 Jan

I am not one of those parents who thought my son’s childhood raced by….in fact, from my pregnancy on, I kind of thought the days went by rather slowly! Continue reading

Bragging Rights – and Wrongs

2 Nov

My son’s study habits are second to none!

 

I’m not bragging – I mean that literally. They are about as close to ZERO as one can possibly get. As in – Ben, routinely (every night), barely gets his homework done until very late the night before it’s due and sometimes even leaves it for really, really early in the morning just before he leaves for school. Continue reading

The Quest for High School ‘Cool’

22 Oct

As I mentioned in my last post, I am Running Away From Home(Coming)(http://wp.me/p1QAv8-6V), getting to the homecoming day and dance through the thick web of some parental micro-management was a real trip… It got me thinking about all the times I’ve wanted to write – but didn’t – about what drives certain kinds of parents. What makes them so willing to risk hurting and disregarding other kids and their own purportedly good friends by stepping on whoever’s toes they need to in order to propel their own children to that self-perceived (and by self-perceived I mean – not usually real) spot of ‘popularity’?

 

The time is definitely now. Continue reading

I Am Running Away From Home (Coming)

12 Oct

Well, friends….Ben is a freshman in high school. He’s having fun so far (maybe too much fun between texting, oovoo-ing, tweeting, snap-chatting and keeping up with what seems like 17 Fantasy Football Leagues.) I am thankful and happy that he and his friends – old and newly found – are starting the year out well.

And then there’s Homecoming….O. M. G. Continue reading

The Brighter Side of the ‘Play Date’

7 Oct

A couple of months ago, there was some attention drawn to what I thought was a fairly humorous movement to do away with the ‘play date’ (One example: http://www.dadncharge.com/2014/07/banish-playdate.html ). Bloggers and parents alike were weighing in on how planned-ahead play dates have ruined the spontaneity of running down the street and knocking on doors to find a friend, how inconvenient it is to have to be affable with some kids’ parents and even how structured play dates make kids unable to make up games and activities to combat their boredom. Continue reading

You Tell Me the Difference….

20 May

What’s the Difference Between a First Grade Group of Boys and an Eighth Grade Group of Boys? Continue reading