The Sweet Side of Family Fights

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Editor's Note: This post is a great reminder that family rituals, jokes and memories do help our children (and we parents!) gracefully move past those inevitable moments when everything feels wrong.—Stacy

The More Things Change...

When James was 7 and in the first grade, I was 27 and new at each stage of parenting.

I pretty much raised Calvin of Calvin & Hobbes, dudes. He was reading those books as soon as he could read and I’m afraid they rubbed off a weeee bit.

This is one of the ‘love notes’ he gave me:


note from James

"The heads of our enimy’s” is a particularly moving expression, don’t you think?

He even has a stuffed tiger collection.

It’s been interesting parenting James FOR CERTAIN.

My boy is as gregarious, theatrical and extroverted as they come but when he is upset or not wanting to talk about something HE WILL NOT BE MOVED.

Stubborn as they come, that one.

One particularly memorable parenting moment with James came on a hot day at the tail-end of May. I was in my third trimester with Matthew. While all my pregnancies have been really difficult and high risk, carrying Matthew was particularly hard. I had just been released from the hospital after a three-day stay and was laying in bed feeling miserable when my phone rang.

It was James’ school.  

Read more from The More Things Change... at Loralee's Looney Tunes

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