Category: Parenting

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Fall Break? More Like Fall Test of Will…

Fall break. Break feels wrong. Fall trip? Fall travels? Fall test of will? That feels closer.  We made it. We are speeding up, I don’t want to sound braggy, but we knocked out a 5.5 hour trip in 7 hours, which by my calculations and my strong back bone in common core math, we basically arrived early.  It wasn’t all smooth sailing. Clara Jane asked if we were there yet about 6,000 times, including an unbelievably early query, as we...

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Busy Seasons…More Like Busy Years, Right?

We are busy. …and I mean busy, so busy in fact that I may not have time to actually write the rest of this… I’m back, the toilet just broke, no really. The plastic thingy disconnected from the tube thing that connects to fill the tank with the water (obviously, I’m a plumber). It broke clean off. My first repair option involved super glue and some duct tape, that combo can’t possibly fail, right? Busyness rightfully gets a bad wrap...

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I Miss Cheese: The Perils of Getting Older

We are prepping for a garage sale. And have been moving things around in preparation for the biggest sale of the year. I am beat, I woke up feeling like I had been in a fender bender, followed by a heavy workout, followed by being the victim of a bear mauling. So, of course, that got me to thinking about how smoothly I am aging. When I get out of bed in the morning, my entire body sounds like I...

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Bennett’s First Day of School

Bennett heads back to “school” tomorrow. Well pre-school, or pre…pre-k. I haven’t seen the curriculum for this year, but I think it is pretty standard, some light bio-chemistry followed by a snack of animal crackers and so on and so forth. But, no matter what they teach or learn or do Bennett James Toler will be up for it, and I mean WAY up for it, anything and everything. I tell the kids sometimes that, “If everything is a big...

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Back to School, A Parent’s Fresh Start

“Back to School,” the three most complicated words in the parenting lexicon. Expectations for a new year of growing and learning are always high, and a fresh chance at a great start is refreshing in a world that is exceedingly moving towards one strike, and you’re out. Some parents are so sad that summer is over while others have been camping out with their kids in front of the school like it’s a Best Buy on Black Friday waiting for...

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These Kids Don’t Want to Rock

Davis and I were driving and listening to music. He likes to rock so we had it on the station that used to play oldies, 92.5. Now it’s just hard rock for hard people like me. It can’t still only play oldies because Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds” came on and that’s a current and raging hit. Anyway, I was singing and delivering what, I think, was a terrific and heartfelt performance. When someone from the backseat chimed in… Davis...

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Summer Travel With Kids – The Long Ride Home

As summer comes to a close and the blazing 100-degree temps fade into the welcoming arms of the cool upper ninety-degree temps I think it’s time we address the elephant in the back seat. The long ride home with kids… It’s often mentioned that the ride home feels much shorter than the ride to vacation.  That’s fine and dandy and in most cases probably holds true.  But with kids in the back seat, the wheels can literally come off at...

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Summer Travel With Kids – A Story Of What Not To Do

Summer travel with kids is not for the faint of heart. Anything can happen, lives will change, allegiances will be tested, and someone will get thrown up on, mark it down. It’s Murphy’s Law hopped up on Lucky Charms. My father-in-law always says it’s a vacation if you go without kids and it’s a trip if you go with kids… But this story from two summers ago, oh this story, I just got chills. It’s about a family of plucky...

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It’s Not About You, Just Ask Your Kids

A couple of nights ago Bennett woke up screaming. There was no building steam, he just went straight to the top with a hair band powerful scream. It was just before midnight and I was still awake so I smoothly popped up (see: rolled gingerly off of the bed) and headed to his room… He wasn’t really awake, but he was upset, “Daddy!!! Daddy!!!” I picked him up and talked to him, calm words of reassurance that he was okay....

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Things My Kids Do That I Can’t…

There are things that kids can get away with that the rest of us cannot. It’s not fair it’s not right, it’s downright selfish. I, for one, am jealous because of the things my kids can do that this “adult” cannot: 1. Touch their toes without bending their knees. They are like little gumbys. My hamstrings are so tight they sound like a car with bad brakes when I try to bend over. I’m like the tin man without his...

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