If you have a kid in first grade, then you and your child (but mostly you) may have just completed the (fucking) 1ooth Day of School Project. This project, along with every other long-term project that teachers assign to students to do at home, is bullshit. It’s not just the 100th Day of School Project. […]
If it isn’t my kid, it’s gonna be someone else’s.
About a week ago, I received a message from a woman I have never met. She informed me that although Number 4 had actually spoken to her daughter, she had told a couple of her daughter’s friends that Santa Claus wasn’t real, and then she continued with, “I was hoping maybe you could ask her […]
How does that saying about worrying go again?
I’m a little stressed. Number 7, as you know, is a spirited child. And as I’ve said before, you never know which Number 7 is gonna show up. Sometimes it’s tough Number 7. Sometimes it’s funny Number 7. Sometimes it’s helpful Number 7. Sometimes it’s stubborn Number 7. Sometimes it’s cuddly Number 7. And since […]
Is your child suffering from ASMS?
After School Meltdown Syndrome is in full effect here in the NYAM household. Actually, the older kids are adjusting fairly well. But, as expected, Number 7, who just started kindergarten, is having some issues. Number 7 is like a mini Number 4. On steroids. Life is always a crapshoot, and predicting what the day will bring […]
A Big F*cking Thank You
Dear Teachers, In this era of Common Core and parents who don’t fucking get it and testing pressure and all the other bullshit that makes your job really frustrating and thankless and oftentimes, nearly impossible, I just wanted to let you know something. We have six kids attending public schools this year. We have a […]
Slow Down. Evaluate. Prioritize. Begin.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking over the past couple days now that (ALL!!!) the kids are in school. Going from all cylinders running to downshifting to a lower gear takes some getting used to. And I’m not complaining at all. It’s just a big adjustment. I spent a good part of the first […]