My parents were not the best teachers when it came to communication.
They certainly did not set the best example of a good listener and were not easy to go to with a problem.
In fact, I didn't go to my mom with a problem until I was an adult. If I needed advice I went to a friend's mom or an uncle. I'm scared my kids will feel that they won't be able to talk to me, too.
I found that I picked up a few of my parent's bad habits. I tell white lies to avoid hard truths, forget to ask the kids about their feelings and even ignore them at times when I'm overwhelmed.
Additionally, I'm not readily available to talk. I work full-time, outside our home and they have school. So how to bridge the gap and be present? I found a few ways this summer.
My baby boy turned 11 years old.
I have an eleven-year-old child. E-l-e-v-e-n! My spawn is now heading off to middle school with lockers and class schedules. Oh, my!
Instead of spending money on an elaborate birthday for all of his acquaintances, I convinced him to have a destination birthday. And, he brought his best friend.
This is not a sponsored post. I found a pretty good deal through Great Wolf's email newsletter and went for it. Of course, after reading the fine print, the deal I thought I was getting was for two days, but it was still a deal.
This happened last week...!
It was a splashing good birthday! #greatwolflodge #birthday #clevelandkids #ohiolove #passtheplus #myohioadventure #lakeerielove #waterpark #bestfriends #instakidsA photo posted by Mary Johnson (@mryjhnsn) on
Can't wait to see what happens this weekend!
Bucket List - Family Friendly Events in Northeast Ohio
The bucket list calendar is a list of fun things we would like to do in Northeast Ohio if we had unlimited time and money. Some are free, most are not, and be sure to call all events prior to attending, just in case I have some information wrong or it was canceled.
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