I am on the last of 4 teenage boys. I learned early on that boys require a special sort of patience, because they bring with them a level of hostility unrivaled by the angriest of all creatures. This morning was a perfect example. As I was dropping my 18 year old off at school … Continue reading Snarling Teenage Boys
If you were to ask anyone who knows me what my super power is, they would all say the same thing: Losing My Cellphone. If this was a sport I'd be captain, and handily lead my team to victory. I lose my phone at least once a day. When people ask me what I … Continue reading What I Meant to Do – Cell Phones
My brother and his wife adopted a 2 year old girl from Russia 16 years ago. She has been both a joy and a nightmare, often within a single day. Currently she is leaning towards nightmare, and my brother and his wife spend every day afraid for her. I spent time with them all yesterday and … Continue reading Love & Kindness – All That Really Matter
Yes, I'm laughing. Every once in a while I forget who I'm "parenting" with. In those moments, I waste my time sending him emails regarding the issues I'm dealing with. Most of the time I'm aware, as I'm writing, that he will not assist. Sometimes though, I slip and think maybe.....maybe this time he'll help … Continue reading Parenting with a Narcissist. Hahahaha!
Yes, this is a rant. I am so damned tired of passive aggressive bullshit I want to ...... I don't know what I want to do. I want to run away. I want to not wake up in the morning. I want to never read email, or take care of my home or my … Continue reading Passive Aggressive Bullshit
My spouse insists on having my son every Sunday & Monday. Unless my son doesn't want to do what the dad wants to do - then he "can't" take him. Two weeks ago the dad made arrangements for my son's basketball coach to pick him up, take him to his game, then drop him … Continue reading My Son is a Prop
I've been spending time with my niece & my son, both of whom are teenagers. We are staying next door to my parents, and any time they act teenagerish my parents say something like "I can't wait until you have your own teenagers! you'll see then". To be clear, I am not picking on … Continue reading Empathy for Teenagers
I have a friend who is taking on our school district. 15 months ago she found out a teacher was snap chatting her 17 year old son. On weekends, at night time, during school hours there are snap chats, usually numbering in the teens. If you are unfamiliar with snap chat, it is an app … Continue reading Teachers + Social Media
Admit to what you feel greedy about. It will point to your most tender desire. This is one of Danielle LaPorte's "Truth Bomb"s. If you aren't familiar, Truth Bombs are a box of cards with insightful and/or thought provoking statements, designed to "break open your heart and soothe your soul". There is a box of … Continue reading My Tender Self
Sleep over with teenage boys + falling back of clocks = disaster. Not only is there the usual amount of noise, mess & lack of sleep, but they have added incentive to stay awake until 2AM to watch the time change on their phones.