Archives for A.J.

12 years later

12 years ago, I birthed a child…a very large child. This large child has turned into a large boy, who is on the cusp of becoming a teenager. He is unusual in all of the best ways for his age. He is loving, caring, kind and sweet. He worries for others and his best friend ...
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An 11-year old’s thought process on birthdays

I was away for the last few days for a conference in Atlanta. I really enjoyed the information I received there, but being away from home is always difficult for me. As an introvert and homebody, I need my home sensory information (my pillow, home smells, my family, the sound of my fan) to feel ...
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AJ and the metal detector

When I upgraded my last phone contract, I got yet another Android. I love Android phones, but the bottom line is that I live my life by the structure of Mac computers. Androids are free-flowing, freebie loving, fully-customizable machines, but every single one I’ve had was wracked with multiple problems such as spontaneous rebooting that ...
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Dogs only speak Spanish and other lies

People frequently wonder where AJ gets his offbeat, quirky personality. I consider it for a while and then I respond with, “lots of love, some genetics and we lied to him. Alot.” All of this is true. We told ourselves we were going to be good parents that never lied to our child about anything. Fantasy ...
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Children that are smarter than their parents

Today, I was playing the popular drawing game “Draw Something.” My friend, Chris, drew the logo you see to the left and I sat there completely stumped. I’m not a cheater, so I didn’t immediately google it to find out what it meant. I did, however, yell to Leon and AJ in the other room. ...
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The life isn’t fair principle

As AJ grows older, it becomes more and more clear that he is not grasping a term that we lovingly call the “life isn’t fair” principle. Alanis Morrisette gave a nod to it in her 1990′s hit song, “Ironic,” and it is one of the hardest principles for kids to grasp as they move into ...
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The best Valentine for a tired mom

The last few weeks have been tiring. I’ve been working on a dissertation, my internship, my teaching job and quite a few other things. I haven’t spent as much time just relaxing and enjoying my family as I would like, but it hasn’t been terribly stressful, either. There just hasn’t been much free time. The ...
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Children and Compassion

I was reading an article recently that was discussing a study showing results indicating that babies have a strong sense of fairness and altruistic features. While I don’t know if I agree with the results, as I’ve read reactions citing that altruistic reactions could also be due to other factors and there is no causation ...
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Why sometimes it is better to give in to the small things

As I noted in the post prior to this one, this summer has been little fun for me and, really, for anyone living in this household. Stress and tension are overwhelming and even our mini-vacation back to Illinois was more stress and tension and what felt like a lot of pressure in what was supposed ...
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