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Parenting, Write-spiration

#13 – talk

I’ve been trying to talk to my teenager. It’s like I’ve forgotten they speak a foreign language. If not a foreign language, then maybe our words just don’t have quite the same meaning. Or my words as an adult have more impact and it makes them hear something I haven’t meant to say, or their words as a child have more impact and I am hearing something they haven’t meant to say.    I posted this post (man, I’ve been referencing that post a lot lately!) a while back.  ...

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Ramble, Write-spiration

#12 – listen

Are you listening, or are you just hearing? If you are just hearing, are you absorbing?    I’ve actually written a Listen post, but I suppose an updated one may be in order. I feel like I have been suddenly thrust into a whole new set of parenting rules, even though it’s been less than ten years since I did this last time, I seem to have forgotten. Every teen is different. Every child is different. Listening to a toddler is a thousand times different from listening to a  ...

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Ramble, Write-spiration

#11 – learn

I just picked this bundle for my kids. We’ve brainstormed a bundle worth over $300 in the Humble Brainiac Book Bundle Presented by No Starch Press https://www.humblebundle.com/books via @humble I’m a fan of life-long learning. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I’m usually nose-deep in four or five books at a time, and one of them is probably an instruction manual. My Gram used to tell me that when I was little I asked how anyone wouldn’t be able to cook – the  ...

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Write-spiration

Writing Prompt #10 – School

I’m drafting this in the pick up line at an elementary school I’ve been bringing children to since 1997. Last year I watched as the principal that’s been here since then (I think, if not, she started in 1998) left. Quite a few teachers left last year as well. I’ve seen the office staff turnover, over the last few years. I’ve stuck by this school in good years and bad. My kids have had, more or less, the same teachers. We’ve had some amazing, and some not so amazing. Some we barely  ...

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