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Please Don’t Force My Kids To Read

December 18, 2014

View image | gettyimages.com It starts as early as elementary school: the forced reading schedule. Most of our kids learn to read on their own by the second grade, and then before we know it, they are being asked to read a specified amount every night. First it’s for ten minutes, then twenty, then half an […]

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Courage Isn’t Always About Bungee Jumping

December 11, 2014
English: Jump from Nevis Bungee Platform near ...

This past year, I had a lot of time to think about courage. What it means. What it looks like. How it feels. I used to think courage was having the guts to do something really scary, like bungee jump, sky dive, or walk a tightrope between two of Chicago’s skyscrapers (did anyone watch that […]

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College Prep: “Stay Away From The Other Moms”

December 9, 2014

#860789 / gettyimages.com “Stay away from the other moms.” Sounds harsh, right? Actually, I agree with it, at least within the context which it was said. You see, that advice was given to me by Big Dude’s ACT tutor recently. We were discussing the stress and pressure of the infamous junior year in high school and […]

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The Incredible Growing Dude

November 18, 2014

#179465255 / gettyimages.com Based on the title of my post, I bet you think I’m going to talk about my biggest dude – the one who’s 6 foot 8 and who everyone keeps asking if he’s “done” growing…well, no, I’m not going to discuss his height and no, we don’t know if he’s done growing […]

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When Losing Is Also Fun

October 28, 2014
A Tennis ball Author: User:Fcb981

I play tennis, a lot. It’s the sport that gives me my me-time, good exercise, and most importantly, an on-court focus when I only think about that fuzzy yellow ball and nothing else.  That alone makes it all worth it. However, there was a time not that long ago when I thought about quitting competitive tennis. because […]

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How A High School Basketball Showcase Is Similar To a Dog Show

October 14, 2014
A photograph of Sporting Group judging at the ...

As I’ve mentioned in this recent post, Big Dude has been going to various basketball “exposure” events, where college recruiters come to watch high school students in hopes of finding players for their college team. This past weekend, I took Big Dude to another one of these events and although I think I’m a  seasoned basketball […]

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Bye Bye Bactrim!

October 7, 2014

#161933987 / gettyimages.com Yesterday at his check-up, Little Dude was told that he no longer needs to take his 3 day a week Bactrim pill. As my three loyal readers may recall in this post, Little Dude has had a long and frustrating relationship with that Bactrim pill, going from an hour long process to […]

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Don’t Be The Tall Guy Making Sandwiches At D’Angelos

September 30, 2014

I’ve written about Big Dude on this blog from time to time (with his permission of course) and I’ve probably mentioned in passing that Big Dude actually is a BIG dude. At the age of 17, he is now 6 foot 8 if you quote his “basketball height” which is the height every college and NBA […]

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How Back-To-School Night Gave Me PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

September 23, 2014
Royal Masonic school Bookmark

It’s that time of year again: Back-To-School Night season. Depending on the age of your kid(s), it could mean finding your way through the halls of a high school to hear each teacher talk to you for a whopping ten minutes about their curriculum for the year. By the time you’re done, you’re exhausted and […]

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September Then Vs. September Now

September 16, 2014

We’ve all heard that expression “what a difference a year makes.” In our case, the difference is HUGE. Last September, Little Dude was being home-schooled. This September, he’s back in our local elementary school full-time. Last September, Little Dude and I were living in Boston while he underwent treatment at MGH (Man’s Greatest Hospital). This […]

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Let The Fighting Resume…

September 9, 2014
Boxing ring

Anyone out there who has at least two boys at home knows that physical fighting, play-fighting, wrestling, and anything else that usually ends in blood shed is pretty much a constant in a house with boys. My house, with three dudes now ages 10, 14, and 17, may as well be converted into a boxing ring, […]

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