The Kid

It Never Gets Old

August 8, 2014

Tonight while we were at dinner, I was trying to occupy Jackson while we waited for his food. I read him a book, we played tic tac toe on the restaurant provided placemat, we colored on the placemat. Then there was a word search we were looking at. Jackson is just starting to figure out […]

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Last Day, First Day

June 29, 2014

Last week was J’s last day of preschool. They had a little graduation ceremony complete with caps and tassels and Pomp & Circumstance and, despite thinking the idea of a preschool graduation is utterly ridiculous in theory, in practice with my kid it was freaking adorable. Much like herding unruly cats. Jackson was a little […]

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Parenting and Mental Gymnastics

April 25, 2014

Parenting is weird. I’ve said some variation of that before, I’m sure, but it’s no less true just because I’m repeating myself. There are days when the kid drives me insane. He’s extremely emotional over EVERYTHING lately, so we have lots of outbursts, tears, yelling, etc. happening. Some of it is when he’s mad, some […]

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A Change in Plans

March 10, 2014

We’ve known for a few years that Jackson was going to miss the cutoff date for kindergarten. His birthday is JUSSSST shy of the cutoff, and (from my limited understanding) there’s not a lot of getting around it. So for the past year, we’ve been trying to figure out what we’ll do instead, confident in […]

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Doing the New Thing Without Help

February 17, 2014

I watch him move through the water, slowly, methodically. Fingers together, hands cupping the water, one arm overhead, then the other, deliberate movements prompted from instructions from further down in the pool. He has better form than I do, and I’ve got 30 years on him. He’s focused (mostly) on what the instructor is telling […]

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