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Time Off for Good Behavior
If It Weren't For Those Pesky Kids! / Musings, Rants, and Everything In Between / Wit and Whimsy

Time Off for Good Behavior

As a mother, I’m daily frustrated by my kids’ trickle down behavior-you know, using up all the good stuff with other people and saving the not so good for the home front. And I get it, because I do the same thing, and I bet you do too. Just like we were all spectacular parents before we … Continue reading

You Keep Using That Word. I Do Not Think it Means What You Think It Means.
From the Heart / If It Weren't For Those Pesky Kids! / Musings, Rants, and Everything In Between

You Keep Using That Word. I Do Not Think it Means What You Think It Means.

Every generation of parents adds its own entires to the Great Dictionary of Parenting. In the 80s it was “latch-key kid”, in the 90s, “play-date” and “time-out”. The naughties saw a slew of them: BPA-free, uber-boober, attachment parenting, free-range kids, sancti-mommy, inappropriate. Inappropriate is one of those words parents started using instead of bad. Because … Continue reading

Blurred Lines
From the Heart / If It Weren't For Those Pesky Kids! / Musings, Rants, and Everything In Between

Blurred Lines

There has always been what I call a ‘soft’ boundary between home and school. It’s the reason kids don’t see their teachers as working or why they don’t understand that taking an eraser from the supply closet without permission is, in reality, no different from taking an eraser from a store without paying for it. Ideally, home and … Continue reading

9 Circles of Parent Hell
If It Weren't For Those Pesky Kids! / Musings, Rants, and Everything In Between / Wit and Whimsy

9 Circles of Parent Hell

Some days parenting feels like nothing more than a series of bare-knuckle bouts in the gladiator pit of life. Some days it feels as if all you do is pick up the crumpled, inside-out socks of Satan’s spawn. Somehow we manage. We wade through the muck putting out fires. We fan the embers that need … Continue reading