With back to school comes the parental food preoccupation once again

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Since the kids started eating lunch at school going back several years now, a favorite (and requested) packed lunch has been what you see in the above picture:

a flat hamburger bun cut in half
a slice of roasted turkey
two thin slices of cucumber in between the turkey so as not to get the bread ‘wet’ Continue reading

The conflict between hockey recruitment and ‘stupid’ homework

Did you know that kids as young as 8 can get recruited in hockey?

Seems some coaches are looking for their next talent by attending competitive games now, at the end of the regular season, and just prior to playoffs. Seems at least one coach is impressed with our son’s performance on the ice. We are now the owners of a new coach’s business card.

There are many questions we have regarding sending our son down the path of more competitive hockey. Questions that have to be answered, at some time, but not necessarily right now. After all, that boy is not even 9 yet… Continue reading

Typing lessons for children who use computers for school

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It’s inevitable, isn’t it. Sooner or later a teacher will suggest, recommend, or expect an assignment to be typed on a computer. When this will start to become the norm is still a question mark in my life as my oldest is only in grade 3. But, it has happened once already, so it looks like it begins around age 8. He brought home a several page assignment that he had to turn into a book, and he was led to believe that typing it out would be the preferred method. Continue reading

Climbing out of the parenting pit

Every now and then, while parenting your offspring,  you might find yourself all the way at the bottom of some deep, dark pit. There seems to be no light penetrating down into the abyss and you wonder if you’ll ever find the stamina to climb back out again.

When parenting challenges you beyond what you think you are capable of, you may feel an urge to lash out at the culprits. Often the culprits are not the children themselves at all, since they are prone to picking up conflicting messages and reacting to them without the insights, or sense,  that comes with maturity. They see their world in linear terms, and you, the parent, sees beyond that immediate scope. You see a larger picture evolving and causing more confusion, which in turn affects your family dynamic.

In my experience, the culprits are often external. And we all know the world can be a confusing place. Continue reading

What the child heard the teacher say

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When a teacher says to his elementary school children

I want you to write a story, don’t worry about spelling and grammar, just get the story out

I get it. I get it because when I have a blog post percolating in my head, I just want to type it out and worry about the editing later. Some of those posts never get published because my editing ends up frustrating me and the piece remains illegible, but the point was made. It’s right there in text, on the screen in front of me. The words are out. They may not be clean, grammatically correct or error-free, but they are out of my head.

Point taken.

But.

The teacher is speaking to 8 year old children. He wants to impart the importance of getting the story out while it is fresh in their heads, by allowing them to overlook the correct grammatical structure of their sentences.’ Just get the words out’, he says to them.

Unfortunately, as a parent I am experiencing a dramatic wake-up call in HOW an 8 year old child is interpreting this exact sentence. And the result is far from educational.

When an 8 year old child hears ‘just write the story, spelling and grammar are not important‘, he hears this:

Spelling and grammar are not important.

Please allow me to illustrate further. Continue reading