Adventures in dog walking and dog sitting

I’m writing a book! You can read the first chapter of my memoir by clicking here.  You can also read the preceding commentary by clicking here. Thank you for your comments so far, looking forward to more feedback.

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Today has been a continuation of last night’s shit show. Rhetorical question: how does one parent teens?

Seriously, the amount of stuff on the calendar between last night and the end of this coming weekend is unusually heavy due to a tournament, a kid having been sick, a last minute sleepover birthday party requiring a drop off and a pickup which required some really complicated communications with another set of parents, a bunch of re-organized parent-teacher interviews that caused more, not less stress due to a the above mentioned tournament and…dog sitting.

Here’s the thing. Continue reading

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More on Instragram: creepy followers

I joined Instragram a month ago in order to keep a closer eye on the kids while they play on various apps. You can read the post here. This is a follow up post on my experience so far.

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There are weird men following me on Instagram. Continue reading

Girl week, family connections and solo parenting

Last summer I got to spend a few quality days by myself when the kids went camping with their dad.

This was crucial to my mental health. It was like a recharge of my batteries.

Last summer I also got to spend an entire weekend alone with my boy, at a baseball tournament. We slept over in a college residence, ate some meals together, traveled in the car together. There wasn’t much time for bonding beyond those times since they played three games in one day, and one the night before and two the day after, but we were on our own, which is what I’m getting at.

This was good for me and hopefully just as good for my teen boy. Especially because these times are few and far between lately…

Well this week it’s girl’s week. 😍 The boys took off into the deep Canadian bush to hunt moose, so it’s just the girl child and me. For four full days. Continue reading

What I say, what they hear

It has occurred to me that what I say and what kids hear is not the same.

Surprise! I bet you didn’t know that… 😉

It appears to me that they have different interpretations of my spoken word. A brief conversation with a grade 8 teacher on a non-related matter, over email, tells me I am not alone. Ha.

I don’t get it though. I think I’m very clear when I speak… 🙃

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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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Back at school: lunch time, junk food and mom’s home-cooking

Every day they want to eat dinner. Right?

This means someone’s gotta cook. That would be me. Good thing I don’t mind cooking, most days…

The other day my mom was telling me she was out at lunchtime. She noticed long lineups at fast food joints located around some schools. She looked closer and it was all middle school and high school kids, waiting in line for a burger and fries, or some such junk.

She was astonished and so am I. I mean, I know kids buy food at these places, but every day at lunch?

My question is, at what point do kids have so much money they can afford a fast food lunch on a regular basis? Continue reading