Then put down the wooden spoon, back away from the bowl and check out my 15 Thing I Tell My Kids Not to Do (But Do Myself) post on scarymommy.com.
Here’s to dads!
For the record, those power lines are nowhere near his head like my iPhone photography would lead you to believe. And he ended up knocking the toy airplane down with a Nerf football.
The mother or father who created this is a genius.
The best part? I included it in a client presentation yesterday as visual support for family togetherness. Because everyone who has ever spent the day alone with a toddler can relate.
While I am really proud of my 7-year-old’s reading skills, there are unexpected issues that arise with his literacy.
He has favorite books. He’s writing little paragraphs. (With correct punctuation!) Watching him at bedtime as he reads a story to his little brother? That’s magic. His teachers are amazing and I cannot thank them enough for their hard work. It has really paid off.
However, my use of selective spelling is out the window. “Should the boys have C-O-O-K-I-E-S for D-E-S-S-E-R-T?” I ask my husband at the dinner table.
“Y! E! S!” says my son.
Newspaper and magazine headlines have the potential to start conversations I’m not ready to have yet. And on-demand programming listings are, well, suspect. Particularly the pay-per-view channels. Do Netflix subscribers have the same problem? I have no idea.
I’ve also learned to hide my Christmas and birthday shopping lists. If I put “ice cream” on a grocery list, he knows it’s in the freezer. No surprise there either.
And say you’re in a huge, empty parking lot and realize you’re going the wrong way. Don’t even think about exiting via a DO NOT ENTER unless you want to hear it from the backseat. Same goes for driving one mile above the speed limit if your odometer is visible at a distance.
Also, the humor of this eraser is no longer as funny.
Okay, okay, it’s still pretty funny. But banished to my desk drawer.
It’s a reading minefield out there, people. So be careful. And if you ever text me, please watch your language. My guy will read it aloud to me quicker than Siri — without missing a beat of his Star Wars Angry Birds game. He’s got skills.
Here’s a peek at the Keds x Taylor Swift spring campaign I worked on with the awesome folks at Toth. It’s part of an effort that celebrates the many ways bravery can take form. According to the Tumblr post I swiped it from, this one is in the March issue of Seventeen. It’s only part of the ad. If you want to see it all, you’re going to have to pick up an issue.
Looking forward to the seeing the rest of the work come to life! (And to putting away my winter boots.)
Photography: Dewey Nicks