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Really Great Advice

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I am not sure if anyone is in the same predicament as me but with two jobs and grad school, it has become quite hard to spend as much time with my children as I would like.  I spoke with my pastor about this and she had some really great advice.  My main issue was that I needed to spend more time with my teenage daughter and as anyone knows teenagers can turn their backs on parents and shut them out; mine hasn’t done this and instead has been trying to connect with me more often.  My son is a handful and usually takes up most of my time when I am at home and not grading papers or writing papers.

So, I was told to send my four-year-old to bed an hour early. Simple but great advice! Why didn’t I think of that?  Well, that is why I am sharing.  I probably didn’t think of that because I am running on autopilot and didn’t step outside of the situation to take a closer look.  Within that hour my daughter gets 30 minutes to herself to relax without having to help with her little brother and the last 30 minutes are for us to share and do whatever it is that SHE wants to do.

When I told her about the idea she was excited.  She even helps me get her little brother in the bed earlier for his storytime and kiss goodnight.  So far we have played monopoly (her favorite game) and 8 ball (a game that uses our cell phones).  We even answered questions from our “Coke or Pepsi” book (great book to get for girls middle school and up).  She loves our time together and so do I.

 

She’s Come Undone

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      I can tell you honestly that Wally Lamb is a phenomenal writer.  He has perfected the craft of bringing characters to life so that the reader can relateand empathize with them.  I have taught characterization to my students on many occasions and if they weren’t middle schoolers, I would tell them to read one of Wally Lamb’s books for the best example out there.

Anyway, it has been awhile since my last post and I have been working on getting a routine down now that I am the parent of TWO children.  I can say that I have my good days and my bad days.  There is some thingsthat I have learned in the past couple of months since I last wrote and that is that I want to eat healthier and train my children to do the same and stress less.  Stress is an energy zapper and can lead to all kinds of physical ailments not to mention writer’s block.  But, I have recommitted to my poetry anthology and added the new task of children’s books.  At first, I considered it “not-my-thing,” but, then I wanted more options for great books to read to my son.  So, why not create that option for myself?

My focus is on building my brand and making a decision in regards to my career choice.  I am an educator and love education itself but, I love small groups and at-risk groups.  I will be looking for opportunities to serve children in that capacity.