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Things I know...

  • Time keeps moving forward, even on those days when it feels like the day will never end...
  • No amount of "utilities apps" on my iPhone will ever stop me from procrastinating - in fact, they're more likely to have exactly the opposite effect!
  • Young adult literature is engaging and thought provoking!
  • Sweet vegetable curry is divine on a rainy winters night and my kids will eat that (if nothing else)...
  • Baking gets under your skin, even if you're consciously steeling yourself again the addiction!
  • Even eyestrain can't motive me to remember to wear my glasses every day.
  • Babies only ever sleep when you're not expecting them to...
  • Even a sleepless night can't drive me to bed before midnight - late night silence is totally worth that zombie feeling the next morning!
  • A mother's sports loathing genes will never dominate because a boy gets his Y chromosone from his father (hence the yelling and near fainting going on behind over St Kilda vs Geelong - and NO ONE barracks for either of those teams in this house???)...
  • 8 month old Ari's LOVE to tumble!
  • 10 year old Erik's would rather build lego than almost anything else...
  • 8 year old Luey's LOVE Smiggle...
  • 3 year old Bryn's can't wait to turn FOUR (life begins at four, apparently)...

Comments

Juniper said…
Don't tell me, you are becoming "cool" because of your secret, and now not so dormant love of baking LOL!

Re: your previous post, and Erik and independance and turning 10yrs etc.. - seriously, I have been wanting to blog about that type of topic for ages, but just never have the time to blog about anything in depth LOL!

Have you read much on the Free Range Kids site? Very thought provoking stuff on how giving children freedom and independance increases their self esteem in such a huge way.
Sif said…
Haven't seen it, but lately have been thinking a LOT about my own childhood and how it compares to my kids childhood - and what kind of parent I am compared to my own parents...

Erik is so much like me as a child, and yet I have a terrible tendency to worry because of how he is like me with lack of concentration and emotional naivete, and yet, he is also like me in other ways and I was pretty responsible, even as I fumbled through. So, I need to give him the same opportunities to excel that I had...
Juniper said…
Absolutely! I am really thinking a lot about this topic at the moment, probably cause I have a child on the cusp of teenagehood, who already acts (and looks! and sounds!) like a teen.

I agree with you, we ourselves had our own 'issues" etc.... yet we fumbled and muddled through, and I really believe we need to give our own kids the same opportunities yk? But it is hard, and I struggle with this every day! But with each new responsibility or offer of independance I give H, it gives him the chance to show how grown up and responsible he is, and I see such a glow in him, and his self esteem improves, and it makes me feel great, and reassures me that I am doing the right thing yk?

Last thing I want is a teen who feels the need to rebel... like I was perhaps.... but to balance the freedom with the protectiveness - yeah, it is a struggle!

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