Posts Tagged ‘Parenthood’

Though Now That I Think About It . . .

October 16, 2018

One thing parenthood has granted me is an increased insight into “self-created” problems.

And no, I don’t mean it that way.

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Thus Giving Me Something To Talk About

October 3, 2018

If you’ll indulge me in a bit of understatement, things have not been pleasant around here lately.  Between remodeling, illness, and frequent intense bouts of “being seven,” suffice it to say that if I were asking for directions to “Wits’ End”, I’d end up being told I passed it some time back.

So that’s why it meant so much to me that L. came up to me today and asked why I hadn’t talked about Algiz in a while.  When I told him it was because I didn’t really have anything to say about him, my son said, “Let me help you with pet time (i.e., the feeding, watering, etc. of Isa and Algiz).  Then you can talk about that!”

And that’s what he did.

How Bad Was Yesterday For Me? This Bad:

September 20, 2018

I have alerted my household that if anyone needs my help with something they can’t do for themselves, I will help them as part of the process of teaching them how to do it for themselves.  In all other matters though . . .

Until further notice, I’m on strike, so even if you won’t excuse me, I’m off to play games, watch videos, and otherwise do absolutely nothing that I don’t want to do.

In Part Because The Only “Spring Water” We EVER Have Around Is Just Some Cheap, No-Brand Bottles We Have In Our Hurricane Supplies

September 7, 2018

I didn’t want to say this at the time for fear of undercutting the joke, but today seems like a good day to admit that since I work from home and my son attends virtual school from home, if he called me at work to bring him some spring water because he didn’t like the water at his school, I would assume he was just messing with me.

Then I’d Hang Up

September 4, 2018

On one hand I feel like modern parenthood has become too much about “Can you believe what that parent did?”, on the other hand, if my child called me at work asking me if I’d bring them a bottle of spring water because they didn’t like the water at their school, I’d tell them to ask their cockroach father.

Obviously I Tweaked The Original A Bit

August 31, 2018

Today I defined diplomacy for my son as “The art of telling someone to go jump in a lake and making them look forward to going swimming.”

By The Reports It’s Surprisingly Low

August 15, 2018

Today for absolutely no reason I decided to look up the rate of alcoholism among educators . . .

It Took Me A Second, But I Got It

August 14, 2018

In part due to the aforementioned cloud over this house yesterday, I told L’s Mother that I was going to another room and shutting the door for a bit “until the urge to run away from home passes.”

To which she responded, “Do you want me to knock so you know when it’s passed?”

Back To School 2018

August 13, 2018

Even though actual classes don’t start for us until tomorrow, you can feel the cloud over this house today.

I don’t mind that my son doesn’t love school; I didn’t exactly love it myself at his age.  Heck, for that matter I don’t exactly love it now, and I have direct experience to support my belief in the value of a good education!

To Pick A Completely Random Example And TOTALLY Not One From My Day . . . Or Maybe Not

August 8, 2018

Son, with a new school year coming up, if you can only master one social lesson this year, the lesson I would most like you to master is the one of recognizing the right times to keep your mouth shut, especially when you’re bored or otherwise unimpressed.

For example, if someone is getting ready to introduce you to someone else, and they just will not stop going on about how much you are going to “love” this person, the right thing to do is just to nod and smile.  Unless you know the speaker really well, no matter how tempting it is to go for the joke, do not verbalize your internal monologue of “You keep saying that, but I’m pretty sure we’re going to be ‘just friends’ at best.”