My sweet love, You my dear girl are perfect. (I hope every parent feels this feel.) Everyone adores your company, your smarts, your appropriate sass, and your compassion. You my sweet girl radiate kindness. We don't know the appropriate next steps... we don't know what to do. Academically you are a rockstar, and every project… Continue reading Raise Them, you say…
My brilliant and dear friend coined the title of these feels. I take zero credit for this epic alliteration. "Anticipatory agitation" is waiting for the big shifts we know are arriving. The waiting is agitating, because we are anticipating the change that isn't actually real yet. Academics, educators, and care givers of school aged children… Continue reading Anticipatory Agitation
I had one of those evenings where everyone eats dinner, and uses kind words. We laughed, we read stories... we loved. Our summer was more than a little chaotic, and as change is on the horizon, I know I am slowly giving more of them to the world, and less of them will be at… Continue reading Giving Them to a World I Don’t Trust
There's transition in the air. I feel it in my bones. It's like watching the crest of the wave you are eagerly waiting to ride to shore. Our ride will be long, and hopefully as fun as crashing New England ocean waves. Everyone goes to school this September. There are no more babies at home.… Continue reading Transitions Are Hard
I had a mix of public and catholic education. I attended several school districts. I can count on one hand how many successful schooling experiences I had in my k-12 years. I repeated second grade because I started kindergarten at 4, and moved districts, and I was "too young" to enter third grade in the… Continue reading Schooling: Why it holds my soul, and why I’ll protect my tiny humans from my own experience, because it’s super important.
A brilliant illustrator and author recently depicted what the primary parent "mental load" is on a daily basis. While I do not live all of these depictions, I live many of them. The mental load of rebuilding the health and well being of a child is as exhausting as teaching the newest tiny humans how… Continue reading The Mental Load, Quitting Bedtime, and Visbly Carrying in Our Own Snacks at The Movies.
Disclosure: Different families make different choices, and I'm only sharing what works for our family. It's been a bit crazy around these parts, but it's nice to move into a proactive role rather than be stuck in a survival fight or flight way of living. I was chatting with a friend who also closely moderates… Continue reading Saying No to Video Games (And Other Summertime Screen Challenges)