Category Archives: Child Behavior

The Master Mind

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Photo: Ronnie Comeau Having a toddler is like perpetually trying to put out a fire while running a timed marathon. Not that I’ve ever actually run a marathon, or put out a fire for that matter, but really, do they ever stop tearing through toys, rooms, refrigerators, the stack of papers you brought home from […]

Willow Trees

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Photo: Ralf Stadtaus I hate willow trees and my daughters used to be in diapers. What’s the point you ask? I used to have to clean up behind willow trees and my daughters. Willow trees are messy. In fact, only my daughters and pecan trees rival willow trees in messiness. Of course, my daughters are […]

Don’t Think You’re So Important

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Friend got the letter all parents dread. The teacher would like to see her to “discuss her daughter’s behavior”. Teachers don’t write that letter unless they believe your child is one infraction away from the “Big House” or they’re nearly bald from pulling their own hair out, follicle by follicle, in frustration. To be honest, […]

Tough Girl

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It’s the middle of summer and I’m in a new town at an unfamiliar elementary school filling out my oldest daughter Rowan’s paperwork for kindergarten. The last page of what seems like an endless stack of papers asks me to list her strengths and weaknesses. Like any parent, I have an impressive list of strengths: […]

Expectations

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Expectations. All prospective parents have them. Mention “baby” and you think about how great it will be to hold this sweet smelling bundle of joy. Your son will be athletic. Your daughter a princess. You will be the best parent ever and life will be so wonderful. Or will it? Sometimes those expectations turn out, […]