For the second time in a matter of months, I found myself indignant in the blindingly pink Barbie aisle at Target.
This past week, our city and its surrounding areas of 6 million people were brought to a screeching halt. I know that an inch or two of snow and a layer of ice wasn’t to blame.
“You know, you’re not hip, mom,” my 9-year-old recently said to me with what seemed to be a look of pity in his eyes.
Aaaah Winter. How I’ve looked forward to your chilly nights with warm blankets and smoky fireplaces, hot chocolate and the welcome of a toasty house on a wintry evening.
“I love daddy but he’s not really part of my family because he didn’t make me,” my 6-year old tells me.
1. Anticipation and arrival. The trip has been planned for months. We’ve referred to it in excitement – “Can you believe we’re going to Disney in 20 days? Woohooo!” We’ve used it as a threat – “If you continue to act like this, there is no way we’re going to Disney. I’ll cancel the trip right now!”
I’d like to pass along four of the most important things I’ve learned about this whole child-rearing business. Given that my children are the very advanced ages of eight and six, I have the luxury of hindsight and the wisdom of experience. So listen up!
It started with constant stomach aches and lots of strep throat. It continued with more stomach pain which got so bad that my son sometimes had to stay home from school. The traditional Miralax route was not working and nothing else seemed to be wrong. So we made a gastro-intestinal appointment and went to a well-respected doctor who is both accomplished pediatrician and holistic practitioner.