Archive for November 2nd, 2006

Confessions of a mom

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

I was reading a blog this week that contained a few “confessions” from the author and some from the readers. It was interesting to see that people were confessing to things I didn’t know were “sins”, like not bathing kids everyday or not forcing them to eat all of the food on their plates. I am “guilty” in both counts. My favourite was from the woman who said that she should have asked the waitresses at a local restaurant to be her kids godparents since they saw them so often. It made me smile and think how pleased Didi and the one busgirl were that Reid wore her chicken costume (only the coat) to breakfast on Sunday. I don’t allow her to drink coffee from Starbucks but she certainly knows that she’ll get ice water (the ice is what makes it special) and a cookie when we go there and I let her share my tea and coffee, rationalizing that they’re decaf (and what kid shouldn’t learn to drink tea?). She doesn’t eat chicken nuggets most days of the week – or any days of the week for that matter – but I do give her cheese more than is recommended for an adult. I would confess that I sleep with Reid part of each night or that I still nurse her but I don’t think either of those things is a “sin”. It’s hard to think what I should confess but I’ll share three:
1. Until the time change, Reid ate breakfast in the car, if we fed her at all on daycare days. Thank goodness daycare has “morning snack” at 8:00 am.
2. Reid tries to wipe your bottom if she is in the bathroom with you and then she likes to see what you have done and comment on what’s there.
3. I don’t make Reid put her hat and mitts on when we run from the car to the mall even when it is cold. I thought I was teaching her that she *needed* them but it turns out I was failing in my duties as a mom. I know that now because a woman in the grocery store parking lot told me, “It’s called discipline!” when I said Reid didn’t want her hat on.)

So, does anyone want to confess to mama or daddy sins?

Have a great night either way.

Swimming lesson success

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

We had more fun at swimming lessons last night thanks to a trip to the pool on Sunday. Reid was comfortable enough to participate right from the beginning, which was good since we started by discussing our costumes (two chickens, a frog, a bear, a cow, and a dinosaur) and then making the sounds their animals make. Interestingly enough, cows don’t sound the same in French as they in English. Our teacher had us play a sort of hybrid between follow the leader and Simon says where each kid got to decide what the class did while we went around in a circle. We blew bubbles, “floated” the kids on their backs, “swam” them on their fronts, spun them in circles and more. It was fun because:
1. the kids had no idea when they were leading;
2. the parents near the end of the line (like me) had a bit of panic in their eyes trying to figure out something novel for the class to do;
3. the kids don’t actually do much for themselves other than blow bubbles – we parents drag them through the water in various positions for the most part; and
4. the teacher pretending my first three points aren’t true makes the class interesting for the adults and that makes the class better for the kids.

It was time to register for the next session last night and I was trying to figure out if we counld get in Monkey’s class again but he doesn’t know when he is teaching. Drat! They do that so parents don’t follow a particular teacher, I guess but he’s been so good!