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My Kid Said, “I Hate You”

20 May 2019
A Practicing Parent
I hate you. It’s painful to even write these three words, but when your kid spits them at you, the parent, it’s a blow that reaches all the way to the womb. That’s how I feel. It hurts to hear, even though, rationally, I know he doesn’t mean it. A few weeks ago, I picked up Luke* from school and gave him a snack, one where you have to dip the cookie stick in nut butter or something like that. He ate the snack as we walked together to a doctor appointment a few blocks...
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Being Bored Is Work

13 Apr 2019
A Practicing Parent
“I don’t get it,” Jessie* said to my husband a few years back when he took her to Take-Your-Kids-To-Work Day. “Why do you have these Board meetings?” “What do you mean?” he asked. “Well, they’re boring. Isn’t that why you call them ‘bored meetings?’” Being bored. My children (and many adults) don’t know how to be bored anymore. I can’t even stand on a line anymore without pulling out my phone. I wonder about this and my parenting intuition tells me it can’t be good. “Can I have the iPad?” my 4-year-old son Luke* asked....
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Top-Secret Tutoring

10 Mar 2019
A Practicing Parent
The other day I walked down the block after drop off at my son’s school and chatted with two moms of lower school children. The topic was tutoring. Mom 1: “Listen to this. I was in Mathnasium the other day with my son and there was another boy from my child’s class.  The following day at the school’s morning assembly, I said hello to the mom of the boy from the Mathnasium class. ‘Hey, it’s nice that the boys are getting extra Math help together,’ I said, noticing that a few other parents were listening...
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Independence Starter Kit

06 Feb 2019
A Practicing Parent
My 4 (almost 5)-year-old says, “Mommy” at least 700 times a day—and that’s just from after school until bedtime. Imagine what it’s like on a weekend! He’s never been very good at solo play. On days when he doesn’t have an after school activity, he sticks to me like a barnacle on a whale. But, his teachers tell me he sings a different tune when he’s in school. Am I parenting him incorrectly, or it just one of those things where he acts differently with his teachers than at home? People tell me it’s common,...
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