Sunday chit chat

Did you notice I made my blog private today? It was me, not WP, and it was an accident. I was goofing around with something else, and managed to screw things up.

This is my head space today. Yay.

Anyway. It’s Sunday evening and I thought I would send out a ramble to entertain the internet. Nothing exciting has happened, so just some idle chit chat. Feel free to skip and ignore at will. 🙂

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Heightened state of annoyance

Look. I have been a mom of preschoolers. I have been a mom of fidgety kids. I have been a mom in rink lobbies and dressing rooms for over a decade.

I. Get. It. 😶

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Irked

Today I am irked by people who are late.

A few days ago we received a letter crafted by a secretary at the high school my son goes to that has undercurrents of this sentiment. Seems they are a bit irked, as well. (The letter was generic, and not specifically addressed to us. It was sent out en masse to all the parents whose teens go to that school.)

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How I learned a parenting trick from a coach

Youth sports coaches are almost always moms and dads who have a kid on the team. This has been the case for both of my kids over the years in a multitude of sports which they play(ed).

Recently, I heard about a situation during a game that had me relating it to a parenting scenario. I didn’t personally witness the incident, but my partner was there and he outlined it to me later. He is the trainer on our boy’s hockey team and fills in as assistant coach when someone else is absent.

That particular situation made such an impression on me I decided to share it with you here.

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The struggle is (still) real

It’s interesting/annoying/exasperating just how much work it takes to be ‘in the background’ of family and parenting life.

Do you know what I mean by that?

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Never a dull moment: life with teenagers

Scenario:

14yo teen boy comes home and says: “Mom how do you get paint off my backpack?”

So, like all parents of teenagers, the first response that pops into my head is a question, or rather, several questions:

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Solo parenting, a diner visit and a bit of a ramble

So day one of being all alone with my teen, his dad and sister gone for a few days, has passed with ease and grace.

Surprise! 🙂

We had to go to a baseball uniform fitting at a nearby rink yesterday evening, but first I took him out to dinner at a diner.

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Natural consequences

So there is no school strike today.

The labour dispute was with the support workers, custodians, secretaries and special needs educators, not the teachers, but most boards decided that full school closures would be implemented in the event of a walkout.

At 9 pm last night the media announced, well ahead of the midnight deadline, that a tentative agreement had been reached and all children are expected to go to school on Monday.

According to Twitter, mass panic ensued. Naturally the kids were disappointed. The parents, especially those with small children and daycare/afterschool care were overjoyed.

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Kids helping kids: fun times at the rink

My 11yo daughter, a kid with a natural social disposition as well as a desire to be involved in activities, has been invited to volunteer in the Learn to Skate program.

So after her final baseball game on Saturday morning, which ended in a silver medal, I took her out for a donut and then home for a bite to eat. After that, we went to the rink. 😃

Me in summer wear and the girl child in rink wear. 😜

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