This is the story of my terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day—the humor I managed to find in it, and the lessons I learned along the way.
It was the first day back to school (for two of my…three kids) after a long winter break. Waking up early wasn’t easy, but we managed. My husband and 12-year-old son went outside to get into his car to go to work and school. Problem was, my husband’s car wasn’t in the driveway. He walked back into the house, where I had just stepped out of… >> Read More
Over Halloween, some 6th grade drama occurred among my daughter’s friends. Typical stuff really: some girls in group costumes, other girls feeling left out, lots of chatter about who would be…trick-or-treating with whom—and then throw a boy-girl party into the mix. Nothing catastrophic happened, but it's junior high now and social situations can evoke uncomfortable and even unfamiliar emotions. But then the mama drama began—the whispers, the looks, even snippy words exchanged. Emotions were at a peak. After all, no one wants to see her… >> Read More
Raising children requires you to have eyes in the back of your head—and ears that can hear around corners. You need steady nerves, quick reflexes, and the ability to stay focused despite endless…distractions. What you don’t need—at all—is an attitude of smugness. The incident of the 3-year-old slipping into the gorilla’s enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo is generating lots of reactions. The smug folks are rolling their eyes, assuming that the child’s parents were just carelessly irresponsible. The rest, especially those with several kids close in age,… >> Read More
In the short video that I saw, you could hear the child’s mother trying to keep the boy calm, trying, I bet, to keep herself calm. “Mommy’s right here. Mommy loves you.”
Almost as soon as…the words were out of her mouth, she was being blamed. We always blame the mother. In this case, the mother of the 4-year-old child who made it into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo was blamed for letting her child get away. She was blamed for saying, “Mommy’s right here,” as if there… >> Read More
So, I missed Tu Bishvat.
I saw references to it on Facebook; various friends who are clearly more observant/aware/motivated/creative/energetic/(insert desirable adjective of your choice here)…posted pictures of their children hugging trees and displaying carefully arranged trays of dried fruits and nuts. “Huh,” I thought to myself. “Tu Bishvat is coming up. I should probably do something about that.” And then I “liked” the picture and as I kept scrolling through my feed I promptly forgot all about it. But… >> Read More