The Chicago Tribune has an article today about local school districts that do not want parents pulling their kids out of school on Take Our Daughters and Sons to work day (April 22). In the article the districts argue that when so many kids miss a day, the educator must basically re-teach that day. And in a time when educators are expected to accomplish a set amount with their kids in the year, with rigid testing that is federally mandated, it's just too tough on the schools. The schools are saying the date should be changed to summer, when the kids can easily attend work with their parents.
Okay everyone, what in the world are you doing? Kate Gosselin, who has ridden a tidal wave of reality fame from the once-upon-a-time cute to watch, "John & Kate Plus 8," to the ridiculous headline-grabbing lives the titular parents have been leading since their very public divorce, keeps getting voted back into Dancing With the Stars.
Is going to the movies something that is a lot of fun for your family, or something that turns into a big chore? For us it is getting easier as the triplets get older. The first movie we ever took Jack to was Finding Nemo, and we had a wonderful time - during the trailers. By the time the actual movie started Jack was busy scraping the black ju ju bees off the floor and we ended up leaving. Now that we have four, we have found that a mound of popcorn can keep them in their seats for a pretty long time.
Okay, this one won't win me any father of the year awards. Tommy (one of our 4 1/2 yr. old triplets) was sick this week. Now, Tommy is the best and worst of children from minute-to-minute. He loves being a helper. He helps fold clothes, washes himself in the shower (better than his 8 yr. old brother), likes to clean up, etc. He is a worker. I firmly believe Tommy will have his own business one day. He likes learning new things. At the same time, Tommy gets very angry when he is wronged. He never complains to mom & dad about what one of the other kids did to him. Instead he pinches, pushes, or screams and yells. So he is quite a package.
After almost 5 years of broadcasting Good Parenting Radio, we're finally dragging ourselves kicking and screaming into 2010 with a completely revamped website and this blog. This is a great place for us to chat about the things we do as parents everyday. The good, the bad, and of course, the ugly. And there is a lot of ugly isn't there? If you said no to that last question, this might not be the place for you. If parenting is nothing but Utopia for you, congrats! I and my wife Colleen are in the group that struggles everyday with getting mad too quickly, encouraging behaviors with our reactions, and pretty much going to bed at nigh regretting too many things we did during the day.