Stu's Dad Blog
As soon as someone said the word "Thanksgiving," I started feeling that familiar uneasiness. Being a single parent on the holidays means coordinating the day around not only your family, but "the other's" family, too. Well, at least it should. For me, it's a not-so-gentle reminder that being a parent is actually about our children... not us... and we often forget that.
So, with the coming of Thanksgiving and the late-year holidays, I thought I'd throw together some of the things that have made for smoother holidays for my daughter... and me. Just a note: I am talking about days of celebration, not vacations. I'm not sure why some people insist on using the word holiday to mean vacation, but since it is those people that invented the language, I suppose I'll let it slide. This time. But, I am talking about Christmas, Hanukkah, Flag Day, etc.
The holiday is about her
Taking a minute to remember
Amy's Dog Blog
I've written at desperate length about how Baxter the pup has lots in common with a psychotic toddler with shark's teeth, but as he's grown I've noticed him change. He's still crazy and random, but he's added more strings to his unpredictable bow. I can see now that teenagers and puppies actually have a surprising amount in common, including disgusting habits, lying around sleeping all day, eating whatever they can lay their perpetually starving hands or paws on, and Jekyll & Hyde mood swings.
Some teenage habits are largely pretty unspeakable; anyone who has a teen or two at home knows this stark truth. As an example, albeit supposedly fictional - have you seen the episode of The Middle where 17-year-old Axl leaves his toenail clippings in a big bag of potato chips? Which exhausted Mom Frankie, collapsing on the sofa in need of a quick food fix, tucks right into? I think you know what I’m talking about. She leaves home over the incident. I believe she has a point.
I won’t go into my eldest son’s less desirable habits here, not because it would offend my dear reader’s gentle sensibilities (wait until you get to the bit about the dog’s habits), but because he would never speak to me again. Let’s just say farts and toenails, constant and inappropriately placed respectively, and leave it at that. Despite this, and it takes some doing, the dog does outdo the teenager in the disgusting habit stakes.
The dog’s top 3 favourite vile things to do:
1. Find and eat dead things: Things that have been dead for some time. I know he’s a retriever and he’s doing what Mother Nature has intended for him, but decomposed frogs and putrid pigeons…really. One dog walker was appalled when Baxter dropped a fetid fowl at her own dog’s feet recently. “What has your dog done to my dog?!” she wailed as her mutt tucked in and Baxter looked on proudly.
2. Eating poo: I’m sorry that this blog is already dipping lower than an already intolerably lowered tone but as a dog owner I have been roundly debased, dignity has left the building, and I’m taking you down with me. I vaguely remember my childhood Jack Russell loving a bit of white dog poo for lunch, but we lived in a city then. Now we live in the countryside, where there’s oodles of the ex-meals of animals dolloped at every turn. There’s not much a young and vigorous dog relishes more than shoving his snout in a satisfyingly large pile of something that’s passed through the digestive tract of fellow beast. Horse, cow, sheep, he doesn’t care. If it stinks, Baxter wants a piece of it, and he loves to give my face a little lick afterwards.
3. Sniffing people’s bottoms: His piece de resistance. He really outdid himself recently when he made a beeline for a lovely old lady stepping into the sunshine after church. I’m just glad it was Jack and not me who was doing the walking that day. He’ll never forget it, or the look on her face. Shudder.
Unbelievable. This is a new departure: http://www.redorbit.com/news/video/health_2/1112544364/vodka_tampons_latest_teen_fad/ Apparently teens are inserting vodka soaked tampons to get drunk quickly :evil: Surely this can't be true. We never did anything as mad as that. Close I got was sipping through straws...
Topic started by Tummy Mummy
Just heard about National Citizen Service - a new scheme where 16 to 17 year olds go on a 8-9 day residential and then do work in their community. It's capped at £50 and includes their food, transport and equipment. Think they go climbing and canoeing. Details here: http://www.ncsyes.co.uk/ It's not quite the army, but might be good. They graduate and get a certificate at the end of it all. School should be running it, but individuals can apply. Imagine that, no teenager around the house for nearly two weeks!?! Would make me sad tho.
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Having spent years begging and screaming for my first teenager's :woohoo: room to be cleaned and tidied regularly and getting nowhere fast, and extremely angry and frustrated in the useless process. I have learnt my lesson and don't bother nagging and screaming at teenager number 2. I just let him get on with what he wants. After all, it is his domain. If he is happy in mess and goodness whatelse, why should it bother me? Everyone in a while, he gets fed up and cleans it up himself. If I don't like the mess, I don't need to go in! We are both much happier for it. ;) So, to anyone out there stressing about messy rooms, don't. It's not worth it. They will come round in the end. It just takes patience. :)
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