you say that like it's a bad thing....

Today I went to Michael's for more adhesive and was browsing near the seasonal things. From around the corner I hear a mom with her two grade schoolers who have to touch everything on the rack. "Mom, look at me." "Oooh I like this pumpkin." "Hey, a skeleton!" Each time the mom replies with patience. As I move to the end of the aisle the daughter, who is about eight, tries on a mask. The mom says, "Oh, you should wear that for your Halloween party at school." Taking it off, the daughter replies, "No, I don't want to look like Count Dork-ula." ...more

How predictable

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The scary side of parenting....

I thought I knew some parenting things - then I went to a workshop on drugs. Thank God I have good kids because there's a whole crap load of stuff hidden right in front of us.... http://lifebeyondthebleachers.blogspot.com/2009/08/you-dont-know-what-you-dont-know.html ...more

Don't just stand there, grab a shovel....

I was shoveling the driveway tonight when the neighbor stopped and said, "you know it would be easier if you shoveled a path down the middle, the pushed the snow on the right side of the driveway to the right and the left side to the left." "Yeah", I said, "but when I shovel it all to one side there is more snow on the sledding pile." Duh, why else would I shovel the driveway at all? :) ...more

My sister is THAT kid (the rant that goes with the story)

Throughout my parenting years, I have encouraged my kids' belief in Santa. My sister has taken a much more religious view with her children, and sticks to the nativity story. This past week my niece was taken out into the hallway where the teacher told her that she was not to debate the "realness" of Santa anymore because of the conflict she was causing in the classroom. Yes, she was told to stifle her religious opinions to keep the peace. ...more

Yes, my niece is THAT kid.

My niece did not have such a great day at school today. The kids were working in centers or 6-8 kids when the teacher noticed a commotion. As it escalated she went over to see what the problem was. Apparently on the eve of St. Nick, my niece had told all the kids that Santa was not real, and that parents brought the presents. Some kids were arguing, some were on the verge of tears. The teacher took my niece out in the hallway and talked to her about over-sharing. My poor sister is waiting for the angry phone calls to start. ...more

I'd like to buy an "A"

I have issues with a lot of things that happen at school. Normally I let it go. But this one drives me crazy! On the way home from school my daughter was desperate to stop at Walgreens. Why? Because the teacher is giving extra credit to kids who bring in a box of Kleenex, and my daughter really wants an "A" in that class. This is not the first time this has happened. ...more

I am so on my game

My family and friends know I have issues with time management (read about the Easter Bunny situation). I always seem to be caught off guard - holidays, lunch money, conferences.... Not only do I have St. Nick on my calendar, but I scheduled time to put up the stockings tomorrow for St. Nick to fill. I rock. ...more

5 reasons I love today's snow (an optimist's view)

Just saying "it snowed" got all three kids up and out of bed in 30 seconds flat, something that usually takes 20 minutes. The dogs ran themselves silly in the yard, came in and collapsed on the floor. I got to listen to my WHOLE playlist on the way to work this morning. I don't have to look at the un-raked leaves in the yard anymore because they are "gone". The people out shoveling (with 40 degree days predicted all week) make me laugh! ...more

Way out of her league

So, my oldest daughter had one of those it-seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time ideas. She and David decided as part of a prank to bring his brother's Halo 3 game to school. Predictably, it got broken, and predictably, the parents were not pleased. ...more