Adults continue to wonder why certain children are ahead of the curve when it comes to education. We believe we have the answer, yet the answers lie within each individual family. Due to this fact, I decided to go beyond our educators and get to the heart of the issue.
Although school was a no-brainer in my family, I was not overly strict regarding studying. I knew my children had different levels of learning when it came to certain subjects, so I felt it best that they created their own habits regarding test taking. At times I felt dumber than a 5th grader and directed my daughters back to their instructors for answers. I do not recall being overly stringent regarding completion of homework yet I did ask about future tests and projects due. I talked with them about school on a regular basis and also attended parent-teacher conferences for updates.
Every once in a while I mention my kids in my writing. I try to exempt them from too much exposure. To heck with it, it’s Christmas and I am going all out.
Stephanie is 19 and heading to college next month. She is quite busy with work, sleeping and friends. Although she is in the room next to me most nights, it appears she has already left my nest. I have very few worries knowing that she is street smart and can hold her own. She is a goofball, very friendly and rarely complains. She works, takes care of her bills and recently broke free and obtained her own cell phone service. Talk about being kicked to the curb.
Good day to you, Ladies...I firmly believe we all have many things to be proud of, even when we feel life has not been in our favor. I hope the following excerpt from one of my favorite newletters gives you the incentive to celebrate the moments of your successes today and every day moving forward. It’s more fun to celebrate as we achieve. I hope each of you have an incredible 2011...Happy Holidays!
"We women are sometimes so hard on ourselves that we don’t take time to think about how far we’ve come ... how many things we’ve accomplished ... and just how awesome we are.
My ex-wife is pretty aware of this, but "back in the day" I had a whole lot more spare time. Spare time is a scarce commodity these days.
Reminders for residents during the Christmas and New Year holidays:
December 22nd's Favorite Thing - Jim Steinman lyrics
These favorites of mine aren't done in any particular order. I have a few ideas of topics I think I'll use, but others are coming to mind as the days go on. This is one of those.
The the following letter was sent to our local liquor establishments asking for their help in reducing the incidence of drunk driving in our community.
Regarding: OWI - Multi-Jurisdictional Law Enforcement Task Force
I delay the Twelve Days of My Favorite Things - not because it is Christmas Day - but rather because (Sponsor's Name Here)'s Official Son, Mitten, is lying in an ER bed right now, and I am trying to stay awake as I watch him snore.
That nutty Mitten... always with the drama! His surgery was in the afternoon on Christmas Day, and was home in time for the Packers game on Sunday, none the worse for wear. He can't bowl for about six weeks, but the doctor said that he will be fine for the beginning of school on January 3rd.
I like Christmas/New Years. It's a few days off work, time to spend with family and friends, time to catch up on DVD watching, and catching up with odds and ends around the house due to the time off.
This Christmas was a bit different. The Thursday before Christmas a friend of ours was rushed to the hospital and put into ICU because she has a blood clot in her leg that traveled to her lung. We were informed that "normally" people don't survive this. That's all we could think about and kept tabs daily on what was happening. Christmas to our friend and her family is a "big deal" as well with get togethers, meals, going out to view Christmas decorations, etc.
“Dear Abby, I am 45 years old and having a problem with my mother-in-law. I have been married 20 years and she doesn’t seem to understand the word no.”
The truth of the matter is that the writer has yet to say no to her mother-in-law in the first place. This means mom has no idea that she has been in violation from the very beginning.
December 29th's Favorite Thing - Bowling