Another day, another meal: cooking dinner for sporty kids

The house league baseball boys were in dead last place most of the season.

Somehow, they turned it around, and on Friday night they went to finals.

They will either win the championship, or come in second place.

Huh.

Before my teen had to leave for the diamond that day, he needed a sustaining and filling meal.

So, I cooked. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜

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Competitive behaviour in boys and girls, or brothers and sisters

Yesterday I accidentally dropped a guinea pig into his cage where he landed on a rock.

Head first.

Granted, there was hay on the rock, and the fall wasn’t that far, just a few inches, but still.

Hope he doesn’t have a piggie concussion. (He’s fine, I checked twice and again this morning.)

It’s his fault anyway; why would he leap out if my arms like that? He appeared to enjoy the snuggle just a minute earlier….

Speaking of concussion, the kids went for a baseline test last week. And naturally, us being us, there had to be an adventure…ย  ๐Ÿ˜‚ Continue reading

Family life: about control and happiness – part 1

It is my unsolicited opinion that there is a direct link between control and happiness.

But it’s more complicated than that. Because control is a loaded word that requires further analysis.

So does happiness.

I’m going to make this a 2-part series because otherwise, confusion will abound… ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Unschooling: then and now

When my mom was a Kindergarten-aged child in the late 1940s, she regularly skipped class.

No one kept attendance, it seems. Or if they did it wasn’t as rigid as it is today with automated phone calls and amber alerts all over media…

For added perspective: try to imagine a small city in Switzerland, near the metropolitan city of Zรผrich, during the late 1940s and early 1950s…kids in general were not really parented in the way that we do it today.

I think most of us know this. ๐Ÿ™‚

So anyway, here is my mom as a child, with long, brown braids, marching off to Kindergarten every morning while her mom tended to several younger girls at home.

Except, on some days, my mom didn’t go to Kindergarten at all. Just decided it was much more interesting to hang around anywhere else. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Sport parenting in crossover season: baseball and hockey

This Saturday morning in September promises to be hot and sunny. Perfect weather for baseball.

One kid took off with her dad to play the first of at least two, maybe three games this weekend. They left about 25 minutes before I did with the other kid.

Her baseball team starts playoffs this morning, and her diamond is slightly further away than her brother’s.

My son plays his last regular season game today. His playoffs start next weekend.

As I type this I’m sitting in my baseball chair, without coffee, at 8:55 am at my son’s diamond.

It’s already hot, but not unpleasant (yet).

I have to pee.

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