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August 06, 2008

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Susan

I have to admit, I pretty much cured mine of the "mom, I'm bored" thing when they were little...I had 3 that were 5 and under...but once they were a bit older, that phrase brought out chores. "Get a cloth diaper and wipe down the baseboards", make your room 'catalog clean' (so it looks like the pictures in a catalog'. A spray bottle with vinegar and water to wipe off the bathroom countertops and/or sliding door. Once they were old enough to do little things (sort your laundry), it was amazing how often they were able to entertain themselves. We didn't get a gaming console until they were early teens and we moved to NC -someone else moving at the same time gave it to us. The entertainment factor lasted about 6 months...they found other things to do. There was not another one in the house until middle son turned 18, had a job and bought his own. We had computer games for them, but much more simple than the ones today.

Lovely blog, I'll be back to visit.

jenn

beautiful still life..i love home grown bouquets

Amy

you're not alone! this morning I find myself repeating, "out, out, out!" as in just go outside before you tear the house apart (or mommy has a conniption), and I have a long way to go before the teenage years. with 3 kids each a year and a half apart, that should be interesting! been having major camera debates at my house, I'll be eager to see how the canon rebel works for you--I almost bought one till my husband and his brother talked me out of it.

Frank Rom

You got it so right! Me myself can't help longing for that schoolbell to ring as well :-)As you say we all love them very much, but some time for ourselves is clearly overdue!

Rita Vindedzis

It is the most wonderful time of year isn't it?? Back to school. I have only one (16 yr old) son-I can't imagine 3. It will be nice to get back into the routine of things here also, and having my studio to myself again-at least until 3pm on most days. Beautiful photos!

mom2fur

You don't sound harsh at all. In fact, you sound pretty normal. My youngest enters his senior year this year, and I'm looking forward to 'you can't be out past 8, it's a school night.' (When my four were younger, they didn't go out on school nights at all. But hey, he's 18.) He's a good and trustworthy kid, but it's nice to not have to wait until midnight for him to come home. I'm just glad he's had the same friends all his life, and they are good kids, too. But still, you always wonder about some idiot running a stoplight or...well, you know.
While summer is a necessary and good break from routine, there sure is something to be said for that routine!

Kay

I hear you! The teenage mother thing of "what are they doing now?" and not-100%-sure-of-what-is-going-on-where-they-went thing. Summer is great, but a schedule and routine of busy teens is wonderful too! Thanks for the great blog.

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