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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer Homework? Tigger Mom Wins

My eleven-year-old daughter has just left the kitchen table where she had confidently finished a decimal to percent conversion worksheet. She had been successful and something has changed in this house.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Confessions of a Schizo Tigger Mom

 I had read an online article or post on the vigorous strategizing some parents have for their children's future, almost from birth. The right music at bedtime to prepare their minds for math, the right play dates, the right activities, the right friends, and, most importantly, the right schools - even starting with preschool. There is a fever right now to ensure that our children "have a future". I have spent hours conversing with other parents about the worry we have in our children's grades or their choices of a career or the fact he can't carry his homework from his backpack to his teacher on the same day that it was due.

One day, I took a mental step back. Tiger mom? or Tigger mom?

Monday, June 9, 2014

Surviving Days of Whine and Poses: Learning with the Kids Over Summer

My teenager son and his nearly-there sister are a little beyond the water and bucket type of activities that used to entertain them during the stretch of summer between school sessions. I am currently a stay-at-home parent, and previously was a classroom teacher, so for the past eight years I have had the inglorious duty of corralling them home or taking them to the beach. We're not wealthy but we are blessed enough to be able to afford some activities - like camp and classes -  during the summer, both to entertain and to broaden their horizons.  Other than that, much of what we do to minimize their learning loss during the summer has to be free or nearly-free.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Stop Being a Friend to Children: Call Me Mr.Tibbs

It is my opinion that too many adults go around advocating the type of poor manners that feed into the creation of annoying, possibly rotten, definitely disrespectful children. They say, "Just call me (my first name)" or "Mr. (Last Name) is my father's name..." accompanied with a good-natured laugh. This is the new normal.

You know what else is the new normal? Rude, disrespectful and ill-mannered children and teens. Children who - having become too familiar with the responsible adult in their lives - feel a sense of freedom, even entitlement, to disagree, spit back or even outwardly defy adult admonitions and cautions.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Dill in Water on Windowsill

This is a pretty way to keep my freshly cut herbs... Better than the drying refrigerator. It's been there for nearly 10 days, with only one water change. I'm going to do this more often.