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  1. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse about 4 hours ago

    Definitely not rewarding for me. But to each her own. Some really enjoy it. My friend’s husband is a great SAHD. I started working PT a few months ago and have less time to do the same work and am still happier and have more energy! I know the shine wears off after a while- after the first 10 years of my old job- but I still love work!

  2. masnadies commented on Baldo about 5 hours ago

    Because kids get hurt and parents sue… as it is, 4th grade recess almost never happens without at least 2 kids going to the nurse for something sprained, cut or otherwise banged-up. Oh wait, we don’t have a lot of rules. But so far, so good…

  3. masnadies commented on Baldo about 5 hours ago

    Mine don’t like all of that, but what they do like, I don’t forbid. Even though my husband whines about the grass in the yard. The grass will grow back, but kids wanting to jump in muddy puddles, do just what Gracie does here…

  4. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse 2 days ago

    They are both trying to be nice and they are all thrilled to see each other. The ways things come out in the best of circumstances make for good comic fodder. Is it wrong to be happy for people who don’t exist?

  5. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse 9 days ago

    True that we adults want to learn new things and understand the strategy, but as a kid, sometimes I know I just wanted to win— or even just to have fun and didn’t care if I was even following the rules! (I am competitive now, at almost everything, but still much less so when odds of winning are very low)

    And no, I was never given a trophy for “showing up” (well, maybe I was, but at 17 or 18, I wouldn’t have cared). I’d say the desire to win (often at all costs) is pretty well hard-wired in to many of us, others can be taught that enjoying the game, cooperating, etc., can often be as important or more important, and many have always and will continue to opt out of competition whenever possible. I knew all the types of kids, and I’m sure we all did- we probably all have different ideas of which is the best way to live!

  6. masnadies commented on Baldo 10 days ago

    A hug from any child is a lovely gift.

  7. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse 13 days ago

    When you spend $1000-$3000 and 10 hours to travel across a vast continent, sadly you are in for more than a 3 day trip. My parents get 2 weeks a year (one there, one here), when we can afford it, and the ILs get about 4 weeks at their place, where we can drive for only $250 or so per trip.

    I would be all for shorter visits, myself, but you know how that goes!

  8. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse 15 days ago

    It is sweet- Lizzie is thinking well! And how DO you explain that? We have these moments, too. I subbed in 4th grade last week, and there is a huge debate going on among the 9 year olds about Santa. So sweet!

  9. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse 18 days ago

    It is harder to say, but it must be how she hears it. The word “virgin” doesn’t mean anything to her, and she can’t read, so she doesn’t say it how it’s written. My kids get some interesting pronunciations, too.

  10. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse 25 days ago

    My older son and daughter are both relatively easy, and my youngest daughter is the most challenging by far. She is physically by far the most daring, and has no fear of anything. Perhaps, it’s not boys or girls who are easier or harder, but particular individuals, combined with the personality and discipline of the family into which they’re born.

    Then again, I stopped when things got beyond me.

    Many parents love pregnancy and babies, because they are cute and portable and loving and need them. Many of my parent-friends miss the days of infancy. That’ sounds just like Annie. I am the opposite. I love children best from about age 4 or 5, when they can speak and be reasoned with, and start to tell you the amazing things in their heads <3