The ever fascinating internet: sifting through massive amounts of information

I have been thinking about the boys that were stuck in that cave in Thailand. According to the news the other morning, they are now all out. It reminded me of that Chilean mine rescue years ago, 2010, remember? They brought in a specially made capsule to rescue the trapped men one by one…I was up all night following along. Left a huge impression on me.

Same with these boys.

It’s heart wrenching to think about these things in concrete, tangible terms. A kid, any kid, and now all these adults, some of whom have kids, families, putting their own life on the line for a rescue mission. Working for a common cause, a desired result, coming together, sharing expertise. One rescuer died in the process of saving young lives…I think about him, and his family, too.

It’s enlightening to think about the combined efforts of so many people, often across international borders, that come together for the single purpose to save lives.

How easy has the internet made it for us to get real time, instant information? With a few clicks, you can be right there following along. Continue reading

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Interpreting punctuality: what is on time, and what is late? (Part I)

If someone tells me a class, an appointment or an event begins at 9 am, I am going to make every effort to arrive at the destination at least ten minutes before 9 am.

This is what punctual means to me.

Likewise, if I was told to hand in a school assignment on Tuesday the 22nd, and my class for which the assignment was for is scheduled from 2-3 pm, I would have my assignment ready to be handed in on Tuesday the 22nd at 2 pm.

Not email it to the teacher five minutes to midnight on Tuesday the 22nd.

This is how I interpret on time performance. Continue reading

Why we write and read blogs: glimpses into everyday life

Over the last few months you fellow bloggers have told me that the main reason you read blogs is to get a glimpse into someone else’s life. I mean, here we all are, scattered around the globe, connected to each other by sharing our thoughts, our inspirations, our mishaps and yes, even our rants sometimes. It widens our perspectives, allows us to support one another, and on occasion it may even inject a bit of humour into a situation that didn’t appear to be amusing initially.

I’ll tell you why I read blogs: I like glimpsing into your life.  🙂

With that said, I will now tell you what I saw yesterday at the grocery store:

A glimpse into my middle-class, urban, stay-and-work-at-home mom life during an ordinary errand run.

If you happen to be a parent of school-aged kids, you maybe able to commiserate, nod in agreement, or smile at a distant but familiar memory (if you’re an empty nester). Or, maybe you’re completely surprised by the possibility that this actually happens. Or, if you’re not there yet…glimpse into what may still come down the road when you’re done with toilet training and wiping noses.

So here’s what happened: Continue reading

End of school year woes

The other day I read some funny tweets from American parents who appear to already be in summer vacation (i.e. school vacation). I believe some States head back to school in August, and the deep South is known to be hot and humid for way longer than us up here by the border, which is probably why they’re already out of school now, at the end of May.

Nonetheless I am anxiously and hopefully anticipating the end of school here, so very much. Still gotta go till the end of June… Continue reading

Guilty verdict in elementary school: boy vs girl

Learning that life is not fair is a hard lesson for any kid to face. Hearing mixed messages from educators at school, parents and other well-meaning adults makes it all the more confusing for them. With the current social climate of #metoo, I  worry how we’ll navigate the upcoming teen years. Don’t you? Even if your kids aren’t teenagers yet, they will be…

The following story happened to my son when he was about 9 or 10 (so approximately three years ago), and I have permission from him to tell this story here. Your feedback is both welcome and encouraged, especially if you’re parenting the same age group as mine.

I would really like to know what parents, like me, think about this.

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The rules on the school bus are simple:

Stay in your seat, speak quietly, don’t eat or read or get up and walk around.

The bus driver’s primary responsibility is to drive the bus safely. His or her eyes should be on the road at all times. The bus driver is not a babysitter.

This is common knowledge and all of us, parents, teachers, bus drivers, even board administrators discuss this with the kids.

But we are dealing with kids here. This isn’t an excuse, it’s just a fact. Kids don’t always obey rules, and they get themselves, and others, into trouble. Often unintentionally.

Because they’re kids. They don’t always THINK before they ACT.

What bugs me is the mixed messages that are coming from the school system.

Here in Canada, the message is loud and clear:

We are all equal. Treat everyone the same.

But when it comes down to it, the school does not follow this message at all.

Unfortunately I’m not making this up.

This does not mean I don’t respect teachers and principals who guide and teach our students today. I have nothing but respect for them. In my son’s case, the principal manages a school with 900 kids; this is no small feat. 

And still, the mixed messages are continually perpetuated toward our elementary students.

May I illustrate?

Will you read?

Will you think about this? Continue reading