A couple weeks ago, my husband found out that he got accepted for a professional development program and was going to have to attend training in St. Paul, Minnesota for a weekend. When he asked me to join him on the excursion, I excitedly said yes! Room service, a whole lot of me-time, and exploring a new place? Who would turn that down?
I was happy for the thought of a weekend away from responsibility – until I realized that Minnesota is pretty far from good ol’ Eden NY and would require me getting on an airplane, a thought that pretty much paralyzed me.
Over the past two years, I’ve gotten a lot of calls from daycare about my son’s behavior – biting, hitting, flipping chairs, etc.
“A child got too close… It was unprovoked… He wanted a toy… I don’t know what happened…”
For a while, I thought daycare was being dramatic. My son was 2. He had gotten his share of bites and bruises from other kids. And, he never lashed out like they described at home. What actions are age-appropriate forms of expression and what constitutes a legitimate behavioral issue? He’d probably grow out of it.
But then, he didn’t. The calls kept coming. My son kept lashing out.
“So we’re going to be THAT family?” my 14-year-old asked with a little smirk. “Yes. Yes, we absolutely are,” I smiled.
We were sitting around the dinner table – my three kiddos and I (If you can call them that at ages 24, 19 & 14) at one of the first family dinners we had eaten together in weeks. I was telling them of my new plans for more togetherness: Weekly family dinners and monthly family outings.
“Maker Moms” is a segment of the Buffalo Moms Blog where we highlight talented mommas and their handmade businesses. Today’s feature, Elle Pea Tee, is one of my favorite features yet! Lindsay over at EPT graciously sent us over a few products to review and I can’t wait to share them with you!
It was a true Christmas miracle – we had a FREE WEEKEND DAY and were offered an opportunity to spend the afternoon together at the theatre. (I knew my self-imposed holiday prep deadline would pay off.) We had yet to experience a performance at the Allendale Theatre, and all four of us were looking forward to checking it out. Parking is a tad tricky, but arriving 45 minutes before show time rewarded us a convenient spot across the street.