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Q: Can you suggest ways to deal with getting kids off technology at bedtime?

Dear Mr. Dad: Our 15-year old son is still a few years away from college, but my wife and I are already thinking about when he's going to move out and begin a life on his own. A number of our friends have kids who have already graduated from college and one after another, those kids are moving back home. We love our son and would be happy to have him visit anytime - or move back for a short time in case of emergency - but we really want him to be self-sufficient. What can we do now to make sure he can make it on his own out there?

You find out - long after others already know - that a close friend has decided to adopt a child. Or your cousin is getting a divorce because she's been having an affair you didn't know about. Or maybe a co-worker told everyone but you that he is getting promoted.

Q: We have my husband's sons about 40% of the time, and I have mine full-time. My husband works in another city during the week so it is sometimes only me and four boys. Now his ex says we need to have kids 50/50 (and kids want to, too), and even though my husband is out of town she still thinks it's his responsibility - and he pays a lot of child support, as well. In reality it will be me looking after them and I feel that I am doing as much as I can, so I have refused. Am I being unreasonable? What's good ex-etiquette?

There are moments, at age 57, when I feel stiff and rusty, like something Picasso welded together. For instance, I ate so many marinated mushrooms the other night that I three out my back. I also cleaned the garage earlier that day, which probably didn't help.

For nearly three years I've been waiting for this moment. Our oldest granddaughter, age 5, has lost a tooth. It's not the first tooth she has lost, just the first tooth she has lost naturally.

I've spoken at several conferences in the last year or so where presenters were opining on the subject of the teenage brain. Their thesis was that features of the so-called "teenage brain" are largely responsible for the self-centered, irrational, moody, rebellious behavior now associated with adolescence.

There are moments, at age 57, when I feel stiff and rusty, like something Picasso welded together. For instance, I ate so many marinated mushrooms the other night that I threw out my back. I also cleaned the garage earlier that day, which probably didn't help.

Recently I had the great, if somewhat terrifying, pleasure to stand before an assembly at Hope Elementary in Hope, Indiana, and speak to the students in grades 2-6 about "Reading, Writing and Life."

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