For the past couple of weeks I’ve been crushed at work. As a teacher, September, October, and November (every month now that I think about it) are pretty rough. The whole family has to get used to having parents who aren’t around all the time. Both the boss and I are teachers so we spend most summer days with My Precious and My Main Man.
My wife is incredible. Seeing her in action is like watching a conductor in front of an orchestra. However, there are times when one of us is getting ready to leave the house and things seem off. Do you ever feel like your kids are out of control at those times too? Don’t worry. You are not alone. My kids are that way too. You’re in good company whether you admit it or not. …
Happy birthday Jackie! You are the most special boy I know. In fact, you’re my favorite boy. Even though I say it a lot, I truly mean it. I am lucky to be your dad.
This past year has been special. You’ve accomplished so much. Most of your accomplishments have been a collection of milestones of first times and new beginnings. However, what has stuck with me the most this year has been your smile. …
It’s not everyday I end it by saying to my kids, “What I wouldn’t do for you.” But the few nights have had me repeating those words like a broken record. I love spending time my cherubs, I adore their smiles, their sparkling laughter, and even their cries don’t get to me…unless I’m tired.
There is something about children. They know when your exhausted, not feeling well or when you need to catch up on lost sleep. My youngest is amazing with her timing. She almost knows that she’s the second kid and is going to do whatever she can to make sure we give her more attention than her older brother.
Let’s look at her last few nights as an example. It’s been a scorcher in the Northeast and the heat has been getting to me. After a long day of visiting every public building that offers a/c, going to the splash park at the YMCA, and traveling into Boston on the train, I was secretly hoping my children would be exhausted and be grateful to go to bed early.