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! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜ƒ

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

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I’m frazzled; it must be Monday

I get to travel around the city to look for, and hopefully purchase, a clarinet mouth piece this afternoon.

Does this make you happy for me? No?

I’m not happy either.

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Never a dull moment – Wednesday

Hump day was not good. I won’t bore you with all of the misery but instead will extricate the best parts for you.

Like this one:

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Here we go again: back to school, and then there was chocolate

So this morning, they left. Every single one of them! I had an empty house. πŸ˜€

Today was the first day of school for Canadian children.

#HappyHappyJoyJoy

The morning was kind of anti-climatic actually, which is a nice change of pace. Having gone through various forms of stress, anxiety or other associated emotions in the past, I didn’t really know what to expect today. Nice that it went relatively smoothly.

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Slipping…

Is anyone else in a mood?Β  We’re still on holidays here in Canada until theΒ  first week of September but I tell you I’m really getting ready for the routine to return. Every year, every late summer, I find that the lack of UNINTERRUPTED time to myself for even just a couple of hours a day has me feeling very out of sorts.

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