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The Real Secret (of Parenting)

I have finally stumbled upon a sure-fire way to get my boys to be pleasantly complacent.  The secret is to have them run soccer drills for three solid hours at camp every morning.  The key is that the temperature must stay in the mid-90 range and 100% humidity is a great bonus. 

My boys were so wiped after their soccer camp that they were absolute angels when I dragged them along to my allergy shot.  I’ve never seen anything like it.  They sat still (and quietly!) in the waiting area.  They were so subdued that I even let them remain seated while I went back for my shot.  As I checked my account balance behind the waiting room doors, the calm was so pervasive, I worried that the boys might have slipped into an unconscious state.  When I walked out to get them they were still sitting nicely.  Just sitting there.  Imagine!

Next week, swim lessons.  I hope their instructors train them like Olympians!

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Party Foul

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My night was incredibly eventful.  Not in a dance until dawn kind of way (unfortunately) but in a let’s see how many times Full Speed can wake up Mommy and Daddy kind of way.  Turns out, he can do so a lot.

He’s been attending basketball camp this week and it isn’t exactly going his way.  This is his first experience with the sport and to put it politely, it may not be something that comes naturally to him.

Who cares?  I certainly don’t.  I’m glad he has this opportunity to try something new and he’s only six for heaven’s sake.  He’s not meant to be Michael Jordan.  He’s meant to be active have fun.

Since he’s not having 100% fun he’s had a series of mysterious stomach ailments, supposed overwhelming fatigue and monsters in his room that disrupt everyone’s sleep.

It’s a good thing he looks so adorable in his Air Jordan’s otherwise this kid might earn a Mommy-technical foul.  And, blissfully, there’s only one more day of camp.

This smile seems genuine. Maybe he's starting to actually enjoy himself?