Things I Learned This Year (so far)

At the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014 I was thinking about goals, pursuits, and directions we take in our lives. One tangential thought during that time was about what we learn to become who we are. I also thought that I should be emerging from each day, week, and month with a few things I didn’t know before. Like a shell collector who walks the beach, I should have a few treasures in my back pocket.  This is the first post, this will become weekly.

Instead of getting my kids to wear things to the car when they don’t want to, my daughters have to carry their hats, coats, and gloves to the car. This speeds up our time getting ready, has cut down on arguments, and lets us both have a say in the outcome.

After reading The Secrets of Happy Families and finding the suggestion to let kids pick their own punishment (with my guidance), I gave my daughters a few options. When they were fighting or doing something mean to the other they could either sit on the steps for five minutes, have to do three chores, or let the other take two pieces of candy from their treat-or-treat bags. They both agreed on confiscating candy from the other one and our fights have gone way down. They’ve also begun supervising each other and have come whining less to me.

Blending 1 banana, 1/4c blueberries, and 1 c kale with water is good.  With juicers there is a lot of pulp where it seems many nutrients get lost, with blending though, they’re all there.

Bandaids solve any problem for kids. I never used to give out bandaids unless someone was bleeding, but now I give them out all the time. It’s a shallow forfeit on my part but the end justifies the means.

We got many games for Christmas and I love playing them with my daughters. A current favorite is Connect 4 which in absolute terms my kids are terrible at, but of course they are, they’re kids! This is always a nice reminder to me, that games are a metaphor for life and that I should be helping them learn the rules and master the tricks.

Quixotic means exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical.  It seems I missed a few themes when reading Don Quixote.  JK Rowling’s characters are named in a similar fashion.



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