The Joys of Boys

Is there something wrong with my kid?

A friend came to me today with concerns about her nephew. Well, she’s not concerned, but her sister-in-law is. The child just turned three and is, apparently, a bit of a handful. She was asked not to bring him back to the church nursery unless she was going to stay with him. Ouch. Sis-in-law isRead more …

Using Incentives in Your Homeschool

Yesterday was an agonizing day. I had a certain amount of work I wanted my oldest to achieve. Grueling assignments such as writing 6 sentences and completing a 10 minute spelling lesson. Finishing 5 problems on Khan Academy. You know, things that clearly no reasonable person would ask a 4th grader to do. There wasRead more …

Sandbox Scientist: Real Science Activities for Little Kids {Book Review}

If you’ve been following my posts on scheduling, you may have noticed that Thomas and Henry have a block called “Science Box Time.” This is a time of open ended science exploration facilitated by the handy little book Sandbox Scientist: Real Science Activities for Little Kids. I first discovered this book when I randomly checkedRead more …

Six years of motherhood

Jul 27, 2011 | Posted by in Encouragement, Parenting, The Joys of Boys | 3

Watching your children grow up is a strange thing. Just six years ago I became a mother when I gave birth to this beautiful bundle of baby boy. I was terrified and elated. And six years later I still experience those conflicting emotions on a daily basis. He’s no longer a beautiful bundle of babyRead more …

May the Force be with you

Jul 13, 2011 | Posted by in Parenting, The Joys of Boys | 0

We had to run to Target today and while we were there Henry’s birthday money finally burned a hole in his pocket. He got a “really awesome” double light saber. I’ll admit it’s pretty cool. If you’re into light sabers. After Target we stopped at Vitamin Cottage. The kids were pushing their little carts alongRead more …

That Kid’s Mom

Dec 21, 2010 | Posted by in Encouragement, Parenting, The Joys of Boys | 2

Quirky. Gifted. Highly Gifted. Twice Exceptional. A Handful. Hyper.  Distractible. Bright. High Energy. Intense. Funny. Sensory Integration Disorder. Sensory Processing Disorder. Highly Sensitive. Fine Motor Delay. Some combination of the above labels would likely be used by the public education system in order to classify and process my oldest son. He’s kind of hard toRead more …

Flash Back: Stomping Turtles

Sep 26, 2010 | Posted by in Parenting, The Joys of Boys | 3

Yesterday I posted on Facebook that I had driven past a guy selling baby turtles out of the back of a truck. A couple of old friends warned me to keep my son away from the turtles. The story that prompted this admonition is now 4 years old. But it’s pretty funny and I thoughtRead more …

Whatever is pure . . .

Aug 10, 2010 | Posted by in Our Faith, The Joys of Boys | 0

We’ve recently had some run-ins with superheroes at our house. It seemed harmless enough at first, but it has started to cause problems with behavior. Spiderman recently swung from his web (i.e. the shower curtain) and ended up in the ER with 4 staples in his head. That was clearly a problem, but the greaterRead more …

A Mass-ive Headache

Jun 4, 2010 | Posted by in Our Faith, The Joys of Boys | 6

I have always felt called to attend daily Mass with my children. Not everyday, but at least once a week. I’ve never done it. Well, I may have taken #1 once or twice before #2 was born, but it’s certainly never been part of my routine. Recently, daily Mass attendance was a topic of conversationRead more …