Cute halloween costumes are so far in our rear view mirror that I can barely remember them — but it all comes rushing back when I see a toddler holding a pumpkin bucket or a merry band of “graders” (that’s what my littles called big kids that were in a “grade” and not “pre-k”) dressed up in a theme like the year our boys went as ‘holidays’ and one was santa, one was the easter bunny, one was a leprechaun, one was Uncle Sam, one was baby new year) - it all comes rushing back.
Oh, Taylor. You sing the songs of my GenX heart with the beat of my Millennial energy and the undying love of my GenZ daughter. We can bond over Taylor like no other thing and for that reason and one million more I will love her forever and ever Amen. Waiting for the tour schedule to drop so I can blow a paycheck on tickets and merch and have no regrets, because my kid is a junior and this may be our last concert together before she moves on to the big big world out there. Sh
Parents of teenagers are in the midst of surviving the fall social season known as Homecoming. HOCO. HC. It’s been a rollercoaster of football games, the DREADED spirit weeks, frantically checking the weather, jackets to the dry cleaner, YOU NEED A BELT! WHERE IS YOUR BELT??, dresses getting hemmed (really, shorter? okay, shorter!), shoes being left in minivans as the smartest generation of girls change right out of those strappy heels and into their kicks, ordering flowers,
This is great advice: just put out the fire in front of you. After all, if something is literally in flames, nothing else matters - not the dinner menu, whether there is clean laundry, whether they studied for the test next week. So, if the metaphorical fire is “mom, my homecoming dress needs to be hemmed” then deal with that, put out THAT fire, and then move on to the next fire. Yes, the lack of clean laundry can rapidly become the fire you need to put out next, but for now
It’s October. Rocktober. Knocktober. Socktober. And the Halloween - and spirit week! - scaries are ready to descend. Lower your kids’ expectations NOW for how much craft material you own, and help them look ahead to their spirit week needs so you won’t find yourself at Michael’s at 9 pm on a school night. Speaking of scaries, did you know that public schools in the City of Wilmington are currently scoring at sub 15% for literacy AND numeracy? Even scarier, there THREE school