Homework Hell

So, my 11yo daughter started middle school this year. I now find myself dreaming of the days she was in elementary school and the homework was fun and included colored pencils and a glue stick. Now, I would gag myself with a colored pencil if I could. No joke, she sits for 2-3 hours every night completing science, math, reading and language arts. Surprisingly, there is not much in Social Studies which is my jam! I mean, I loved that subject in school and I don’t even get to enjoy it again. Math however, we have a longstanding relationship and it’s not good.

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Math hates me and I hate math. It’s the way it has always been. But now there is new math! Where we take 12 extra steps to solve a simple multiplication problem and we draw boxes and number lines to get the answer. Can I jump on the “Save the Trees” bandwagon and protest all of this work because of all of the college ruled paper we are using? That’s another thing – college ruled paper. My kid has gone from her nice wide ruled world to a world where her letters don’t fit in the lines and I’m constantly telling her to erase and write it neater. My handwriting sucks so she is doomed!

Besides the written work, there is also math to be done on the computer. I sometimes sit with her while she does this because it is confusing. It’s a crazy guy with a weird robot who is always trying to solve a cooking problem using fractions. Quit trying so hard already and just go buy the damn pie at the store! I mean, when I have a recipe that I am doubling and it asks for 2/3 cup of something, I just fill up my cute little 2/3 measuring cup twice. I don’t try to figure out what 2/3 x 2 is. There are easier ways to do this!

Didn’t we, as parents already spend at least 12 years doing homework? Must we now be forced to do it again, but also relearn a new way to do it? Wine has become my best friend and the chick at the local beverage store automatically knows to just grab a case of my favorite when I stroll in at 9:00am. One of the greatest moments of my day is when the girl is finally in bed, the husband is content and settled and I can sit on my end of couch with a glass of red and stare at the T.V. not even caring what is on. As long as it’s not Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader.

Please tell me I’m not the only parent out here suffering through homework. Please tell me it gets better! How long does your kid spend staring at the ceiling doing homework every night?

Solidarity in numbers people…

This Mom

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I am so thankful and honored that Frantic Mama has nominated my blog to receive the Liebster Award! If you are new to blogging like me, I quickly googled and learned that the Liebster Award is for bloggers with less than 200 followers. It is a way to pay it forward as each nominee must nominate others in turn. Think of it as a way to discover new blogs.

I raise my glass and thank you Frantic Mama for being a great fellow mommy blogger friend. Please make sure you head over to her blog and also follow her on twitter.

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There are a few rules which apply to those nominated:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back up to their blog.
2. Answer the 10 questions given to you by the nominator.
3. Nominate 10 other bloggers with less than 200 followers for the award.
4. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let the nominees know they have been nominated by notifying them on their blog.

 

Here are the 10 questions that Frantic Mama asked me:

1. What’s your favorite t.v. show or movie? My all time favorite movie Gone With the Wind.  I can pretty much quote the entire thing.   My favorite show is True Blood. There is just something about those vampires…

2. What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? It has to be watching The Bachelor/Bachelorette on TV. I get so sucked in!

3. If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why? I would have to go back in time and meet Marie Antoinette. I am slightly infatuated with her and can’t read or watch enough about her.  Plus, she had an amazing collection of shoes.

4. What’s your trick for getting through one of those days when you feel like you might just lose it? I am addicted to Wintogreen Lifesavers. I chew them feverishly if I am stressed out and tell myself it will all be over with soon. Plus, there is always wine at the end of the day…

5. Are you a cat person or a dog person? I like other peoples dogs or cats but not for me.

6. If you could have (for free): a personal chef, full-time cleaning person, or a private chauffer, which would you choose and why? I will take the full-time cleaning person! Do I win this with the award?  I actually enjoy cooking and I’m a horrible back seat driver.

7. Where is your dream vacation going to be (someday!!)? I am going to go on a tour through England, France and Italy. I have all of the cities already mapped out.  I have also planned which wine or port I am buying in each location.

8. Coffee or tea (or neither?!)? COFFEE!!! Every morning or I am a nightmare!

9. What is your must-have beauty product? Lancome Bifacil eye makeup remover. It is the only thing that gets it all every time!  I would also say low lighting can work wonders!

10. What is the cutest thing your kid(s) has ever said to you? She has said so many things but I will go with the time she told me she was so devastated because of the giant salami that hit Japan and caused so much water damage.

I would now like to pay it forward and recognize (in no particular order) these fellow bloggers. They have inspired me, made me laugh and made me think. Many of them are not new to blogging but they are new to me! If you already have the Liebster Award – you deserve it twice! I may not always get to comment when I want to on your blogs but I pinky promise to be better.
(I am basing the 200 followers on Bloglovin’ or twitter)

1. Lizzi at Considerings
2. Kelly at My Twice Baked Potato
3. Dyanne at I Want Backsies
4. Martha and Ruth at Walk a Mile in My Issues
5. Shannon at Trashcan Muffin
6. Sarah at Betty Cupcakes
7. Chris at The Mom Cafe
8. Lauren at Not a Perfect Mom
9. Katie at Mumz the Word Blog
10. t at Happy Soul Project

Here are your 10 questions:

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. Where is your happy place?
3. What one place would you like to visit and why?
4. Are you a photographer or mental memory keeper?
5. What is your favorite family activity?
6. Red or White Wine?
7. Who is your favorite Disney character and why?
8. What movie can you watch over and over again?
9. Sweet or salty?
10. What three words would sum up today?

To my fellow nominees, if this is too overwhelming for you or you if you feel like it is a creepy chain letter – no biggie!  Just consider it as me giving props to you and your blogs.  If you choose to accept this fine award, please follow through and I can’t wait to read your answers!

Once again, thank you Frantic Mama.  Thank you for being there and appreciating my sarcastic sense of humor.

This Mom

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The Day “The Quiet Mom” Turned Crazy

There is this mom, The Quiet Mom. That is the name I have given her. She sits quietly, week after week, waiting for her daughter to finish gymnastics. She walks in every week with a different Vera Bradley bag and fancy water bottle. Her hair is perfct. Always. She is never dressed in running shorts and a tank top. She is always completely perfect from tip to toe. We have tried to engage her in conversation but she resists. We have given up. Perhaps she is cataloguing all of her Vera Bradley bags in her mind and planning her outfit for the next day. She may think that we are The Crazy Moms who complain about mundane topics and how much crap our kids broke that day.

Sometimes, The Quiet Mom annoys me and other times I feel sympathy towards her. It really depends on my mood that day. I think to myself, why can’t she just be cordial? Is that too much to ask? or Poor thing, maybe she is shy and not used to us loud Crazy Moms.

Perhaps she is cataloguing all of her Vera Bradley bags in her mind…

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One day, it all changed. Practice had finished and we were packing up our little gymnasts and heading out to the parking lot. She quietly gathered up Vera and her child and walked out. We could hear the screaming before we rounded the corner. Her precious child was screaming at The Quiet Mom because she wanted to sit in a different seat than her booster was already in. Quiet Mom was calmly telling her to sit down and get buckled. Little Nadia Comanici was not having any of this. She kept screaming to sit in the other seat. And then it happened. The Quiet Mom opened up her mouth and loudly yelled, “Get in that seat right now! I MEAN IT!”

It. Was. Awesome. The Quiet Mom lost her cool in front of us Crazy Moms. She was one of us! We all passed quietly giving her smiles of encouragement as she buckled her child in the seat.

Do you know a Quiet Mom? What have you done to try and get her to open up and join the fun?

Don’t forget ladies, we all have our moments. They are even ok for others to witness from time to time. It just reminds us that deep down we are all human and will lose our minds at some point. So when that happens, just take a deep breath and remember you are not alone.

Solidarity in numbers people!

This Mom

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