It is a New Year…and time to look back at my Top 10 Parenting Posts of 2019. These are listed in no particular order…in other words, these aren’t ranked as to which ones are better than the others. If you missed any of these, simply click the link after the first few lines of each post.
Dying too young…
On a recent Saturday morning, I noticed a post on our neighborhood community board that my neighbor’s son was missing. He is a high school senior and had gone out with friends the previous evening to a restaurant to celebrate a friend’s birthday but didn’t come home. (Click here to read more.)
Requiring my kids stick with a club or sport but not that they do one
The other day, Lexie called me from the school before her robotics club met. She announced she wanted to quit. This was two weeks before their competition in which she is one of 10 students chosen to compete. I told her no and sent her on to her meeting. (Click here to read more.)
Should good deeds and volunteering be recognized?
Should good deeds, donating or volunteering be rewarded? This is a conversation I had recently with a fellow parent. She believes that when we are collecting used books, box tops or having our kids volunteer their time that they should do so out of the goodness of their heart and not because any reward is attached. (Click here to read more.)
Teaching our kids to not spend more money than they have
Not all children get an allowance but one of the reasons we began giving Jase and Lexie one is to teach them about money. They need to learn about saving and not spending more than you have/make. Each week, they get a small amount put on their FamZoo debt card. (Click here to read more.)
Family Night is a good thing
My husband has been working a great deal lately. This means he has been working weekends or evening. Sometimes his work takes him out of town. The kids have been missing him. So, this past weekend we decided we needed to do something as a family. (Click here to read more.)
Unexpected events: Suicide and suicidal thoughts
Saturday afternoon, I found myself sitting in a church in downtown San Antonio. My husband and I were attending a memorial service for Mike – a fellow attorney my husband had known for the past fifteen years. As I sat on the pew, I was surprised that the family had the minister address the circumstances around his death. (Click here to read more.)
And so it begins…My daughter’s first serious crush
I knew it was coming at some point. She is 11 years old after all. Yep, that is right, my daughter has her first serious crush.
Last year , when Lexie was in fifth grade, she liked a boy, Jacob, and even gave him a note telling him that she liked him. (A brave move that I wouldn’t have done at her age.) But sadly, Jacob didn’t respond…at least at the time. (Click here to read more.)
Allowing my kids to walk to school despite “Stranger Danger”
A black Toyota pickup truck slowly pulls up next to the middle schooler walking to school. The man slowly rolls down the window and offers the boy a ride. The boy shook his head and continues to school. Later that evening he mentions it to his parents who alert the school and city police departments. (Click here to read more.)
The magic of Santa Claus comes to an end
In 2012, I wrote about the magic of Santa Claus and wondering when my kids would stop believing. At that time they were 7 and 4 and were firm believers. Now, in 2019, they are 11 and 14 and both no longer are believers. (Click here to read more.)
Navigating makeup and my tween
Last Friday, my daughter attended her first middle school dance. This was just a casual dance, not a boy-ask-girl type thing. She was very excited to be meeting up with her friends and picked out a simple black dress. (Click here to read more.)