Woof Woof

My eldest recently got a smart phone. We held out on this for endless time, relentless complaining, heartless parent shaming before making this step. Most of their friends have these by second grade. I have opinions on this but that was this blog piece: https://miasotowrites.com/2019/11/29/black-friday/ We put the app Bark on their phone for theirContinue reading “Woof Woof”

Raising the Standards – Repost

This is a repost from a 12/23/2019. The original post is below. My kids took a standardized test they’ve been studying for recently. I debated waiting until we received the scores before writing on this topic. But the results don’t matter. It’s a hot one for me so expect it to rear its three headedContinue reading “Raising the Standards – Repost”

To Each Their Own

My eldest child is not a reader and it kills me softly a little bit every time I have to say this, hurts like a heartache. Yet, it has always been this way. This child struggled for a long time with reading comprehension, still does. They never pick a book up to read unless theyContinue reading “To Each Their Own”

No Kids Allowed

I saw recently an exchange between tweeters about not wanting kids and being tired of being shamed for it or worse having to suffer being convinced how wonderful it is.  As someone who wasn’t sure if she wanted kids or not, I get it.  It’s not for everyone. Having kids is a huge time, money,Continue reading “No Kids Allowed”

Nochebuena

It’s Christmas Eve, whew.  I’m always ready for the hoopla to be over by now.  Christmas Eve is actually my very favorite day of the year.  Not much can be done and for me if it hasn’t been done by now I’m going to issue an apology and a promise to rectify things the dayContinue reading “Nochebuena”

Raising the Standards

My kids took a standardized test they’ve been studying for recently. I debated waiting until we received the scores before writing on this topic. But the results don’t matter. It’s a hot one for me so expect it to rear its three headed ugliness again. In case that last sentence didn’t reveal my feelings towardsContinue reading “Raising the Standards”

Stay On Target

I’ve waited long enough to address this issue but it needs addressing, Star Wars.  It’s coming, soon.  Thank the lord above because if I have to hear one more researched theory or movie review or obscure plotline correction from a child who has spent way more time on this than they ever have on AlgebraContinue reading “Stay On Target”

When I Grow Up

I long ago officially became my mother, someone I swore to never become.  I am much more self aware and work very hard to temper my sharp edges because I know from personal experience how deep they cut and how long they sting.  I don’t want to forge that sort of relationship with my kids,Continue reading “When I Grow Up”

Addressing a Tough One

It’s two days after Sandy Hook anniversary.  I’m trying to plan these blog pieces ahead and have them scheduled because my schedule doesn’t always allow for me to be at a place where I can focus on social media for a far reaching dream that I can’t give up on.  Saturday I noticed it wasContinue reading “Addressing a Tough One”