The Homework Dilemma Makes Me Angry

How is the new school year? So far, so good. I'm enjoying the long days of quiet and the ability to get all household/work errands done without my offspring present. The children like their teachers. The 6 year old has adapted to going to school for the full-day and the 11 year-old has grown accustomed to having his head stuffed into the toilet in Middle School.Ha, ha! Just kidding. Middle School is going well, too. We just have one complaint about the start of the new school year -- but it's a doozie: Homework. @$%#^! Homework!...more
@shawn1966 Very interesting.  We also had our son switch schools.  It's only been a few weeks, ...more

The Homework Dilemma Makes Me Angry

How is the new school year? So far, so good. I'm enjoying the long days of quiet and the ability to get all household/work errands done without my offspring present. The children like their teachers. The 6 year old has adapted to going to school for the full-day and the 11 year-old has grown accustomed to having his head stuffed into the toilet in Middle School.Ha, ha! Just kidding. Middle School is going well, too. We just have one complaint about the start of the new school year -- but it's a doozie: Homework. @$%#^! Homework!...more

The Homework Dilemma Makes Me Angry

How is the new school year? So far, so good. I'm enjoying the long days of quiet and the ability to get all household/work errands done without my offspring present. The children like their teachers. The 6 year old has adapted to going to school for the full-day and the 11 year-old has grown accustomed to having his head stuffed into the toilet in Middle School.Ha, ha! Just kidding. Middle School is going well, too. We just have one complaint about the start of the new school year -- but it's a doozie: Homework. @$%#^! Homework!...more
@PokyPuppyADD ItAgain Hello - sorry it's taken me so long to respond, I usually get an email ...more

The Homework Dilemma Makes Me Angry

How is the new school year? So far, so good. I'm enjoying the long days of quiet and the ability to get all household/work errands done without my offspring present. The children like their teachers. The 6 year old has adapted to going to school for the full-day and the 11 year-old has grown accustomed to having his head stuffed into the toilet in Middle School.Ha, ha! Just kidding. Middle School is going well, too. We just have one complaint about the start of the new school year -- but it's a doozie: Homework. @$%#^! Homework!...more
@WhyAlwaysRegister I'm sorry, I never got an email saying that you had commented!  I apologize ...more

How eBay Helped Us Buy Our Home

You know the saying “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure?” Well, for me, the saying should go “One family’s junk that is sold on eBay makes for a nice contribution to a house down payment.”...more
Good for you!  There is no better feeling than getting rid of excess clutter!  (and I got a good ...more

Blogging Boundaries: This Part of My Life is Now Off-Limits

Heather and Jon Armstrong made a divorce announcement yesterday on the heels of their separation announcement last spring. The identical posts on their blogs, Dooce and Blurbomat, both had comments closed, and both clearly outlined how they hoped their news would be treated by their readers. ...more
Of course bloggers have the right to privacy!  I don't even think Heather needed to write her ...more

How Come I'm the Only One Who Kept My Maiden Name?

My name is Christie O’Brien Tate. It's the name I’ve had all my life.  It will always be my name, even though I'm married with two children, and I'm the only one in my household with the last name Tate.  For as long as I can remember, I planned to keep my maiden name.  Long before I read the work of Betty Friedan or Catharine MacKinnon, I knew I wanted my name to stay with me. Sometimes when people ask me why I kept my maiden name, I joke that I'm horrible with paperwork, so there's no way I was going to schlep down to the DMV to update my driver’s license. ...more
I kept my name when I got married and here in our little New England town, I'd say that about ...more

Hating Other Kids One Carpool at a Time

I don't drive any carpools because we don't have a vehicle big enough to do so. After reading Martha's post at The Elliot Way, I'm pretty sure I want an even smaller vehicle. Also, I probably need to apologize to the mother of one of my son's friends. He seems to lack a volume control and, really, I don't even like riding in a car with him. Do you drive a carpool? Have you taught your kids manners when they're in someone else's vehicle? ...more
Very genius!  Sadly, two of my children play hockey and the size of those two bags alone mean a ...more

C-Section Remorse: "I Was Robbed of My Birth Experience"

Throughout my pregnancy, I never considered the possibility that I would have a C-section. Who knows where I got this idea, but I just figured a C-section was what “other people had,” people with complications during pregnancy which I didn’t have. I only skimmed the chapters on C-section in my pregnancy books and we paid little to no attention to the C-section video in our prepared childbirth class. Needless to say, I had a C-section....more
I'm sorry that you had to go through with a c-section and that you feel remorse about how the ...more

Kids and Coats: A Battle to Let Go

We were headed off to get our Christmas tree and just as everyone was on their way out to the truck, I noticed that nobody was wearing a coat. The kids all claimed they didn't need coats because they were wearing layers, never mind that temperatures have been below zero around here for days....more
So true! I've given up on this battle as well. In the list of things I will insist upon (which ...more