I’ve never really cared what other people thought about me. Granted, I’ve cared what I thought about me too much at times, but never been overly concerned what you thought. My parents instilled a deep security and love as a child, and I’m doing my best to pass this along to my daughters. The truth is… though I fail a lot, I try to fall forward. It’s … Continue reading The Good Parent
What a delightful week for most parents as we watched our children trudge off to school. It’s funny how July fades into August and what used to be a long awaited break gets eaten up in mornings slept in, too much tv, and the optimal emotional temperature that can only be brought about by spending far too many hours with the people we love the … Continue reading Summer Now and Then
Me: “I hope the City catches those skunks!” Katie: “NOOOOO!!! Go skunks Go!” For a couple of weeks now two skunks have been wandering around the walking paths behind our house and causing a bit of excitement for the neighbourhood. I was out walking early one morning and had my “early morning brain” on when I came across Skunk #1. Early morning brain is like … Continue reading Catching Skunks
My youngest girl is eight and my oldest is fourteen. I have just six years (if I’m lucky) to teach Neela to avoid the pitfall of finding her worth by comparing herself to others. Arwen walked into a new high school as a grade nine student two months into the school year. I was thinking of hanging a sign around her neck that says LOOK … Continue reading Peer Pressure
Good OR nice (and which to choose when you can’t be both)… Good: that which is morally right. Nice: agreeable. From the time we’re old enough to interact with other children, we are grilled with something that, in itself is a good thing: “Corey, BE NICE!” Play nice, talk nice, look nice etc etc. What mom really meant was “Corey, get along … Continue reading Good OR Nice?
Pain can make you smarter but it doesn’t always. I’m not very good at pretending especially when the topic is pain so this might be a little raw for you… This will seem like an unusual way to end a series about parenting but I felt like it needed to come up in conversation as we normally avoid these sorts of topics until we’re in … Continue reading Pain
When minors drive the family bus, you’ve got problems… Now definitely minors in the sense of underaged kids but I’m really talking today about….(you’re not going to like it) FAMILY PRIORITIES I had a young engineering student who worked on one of my crews and was really really smart. His grasp of electrical theory was beyond the others on my crew but he was “book smart”. … Continue reading Majors over Minors