Off to Kindergarten?

Aug 17, 2015 by

My older daughter just turned five and everywhere we go this summer we’re hearing the same question:

Are you off to Kindergarten in the fall?

And I don’t know if she knows what to say, or knows what kindergarten is, so I usually answer for her. She knows she’ll be a third year, but I don’t think anyone else really knows what that is when she says it. When I explain that she won’t be going to Kindergarten and that she goes to a private school, possibly even what some consider an alternative school, I often feel snobby or that people will perceive me as snobby because my kids go to a private school.

Originally we planned Montessori School as an alternative to traditional daycare. The cost wasn’t much more and we really believe in the philosophy. Plus my husband and I both have moms who taught Montessori and we both went to Montessori. Instead of single age classrooms, her classroom is her classroom for three years and has 3-6 year olds.

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Life Is Good, And Unfair

Aug 3, 2015 by

Lately my (just turned) five year old has been less than grateful and kind of a sour puss. Her default attitude seems to be pissed off. She can very easily turn to an absolute sweetheart telling you she loves you more than the biggest piece of chocolate cake, but it breaks my heart that her default mood seems to be unhappy. I really hope this is a phase and this discontent does not follow her through life. I see so much of myself in her: stubborn with a tendency to keep score.

On the Saturday of her fifth birthday party she woke up happy and ready to get going. She dressed herself quickly. When it was finally time to leave, she refused to get up off of the floor and put her shoes on. We couldn’t believe she was giving us crap about getting ready to go to her own birthday party.

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They Are Just Children.

Jul 20, 2015 by

I love my children fiercely. I squeeze them tight and kiss them hard. I expect them to be perfect, because in my eyes they are. Parenting is never done. Human development is never done. I know all too well that I am a work in progress myself. I can make mistakes, I can hurt people, I can make selfish decisions. I don’t know why I feel I’ve failed my children as a mother when they do the same. I have to remind myself, they are just children. It’s not an excuse for not teaching them better, but it is a comfort to know they will learn.

Don’t pull the dog’s tail.
– Gut Reaction/Freak Out: Why would they want to hurt an animal? Will they become psychopaths?
– Reality: I know they love their dog, usually treat her well and love to have her company in the morning as they are getting ready for school. They don’t understand that playing rough can hurt and scare animals. They are just children.

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‘Inappropriate’ Songs for a Preschooler

Jul 6, 2015 by

I love music. I love concerts. I love windows down, volume up, singing at the top of my lungs car rides. Problem is, my older daughter (almost 5) is really starting to pay attention to what we’re listening to – eek!

Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 2.56.40 PMI still have this pre-kid memory of a little boy singing loudly at the airport, headphones in ears, to Beautiful Girls by Sean Kingston. Maybe you know it? It goes – “you had me suicidal, suicidal, when you say it’s over. Damn all these beautiful girls . . .” I was APPALLED. I vowed never ever to let my future unborn children listen to inappropriate music. Add that to the list of things I would NEVER EVER do. Oh, sweet, innocent, well-rested, pre-kids Jenn.

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10 Reasons Why Dads Are The Best

Jun 22, 2015 by

1. Dads will help you build intricate castles out of wooden blocks.

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2. Dads will let you decorate the dog’s kennel.

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3. Dads will let you pose them for photoshoots with stuffed animals.

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4. Dads will make you towel skirts.

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5. Dads will take you to all your violin lessons and handle all the practicing.

5-22-15 NH Fiddlers

6. Dads will suit up and take you out to play in the snow when it’s way too cold for mom to go out.

1-16-13 Snow Play w Daddy

7. Dads are always willing to share their pillows.

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8. Dads will take you down that slide that you’re just too scared to go on alone.

8-30-14 Farm Day Slide S and Dad

9. Dads are always up for a nap.

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10. Dads will teach you to hula hoop.

11-22-12 Daddy Hula Hooping

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