Jenni's Jargon

the thoughts that run through my head

Vacation…?

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I am wondering when our society decided it was okay for people to be expected to work on their vacation. We live in such a fast paced world and companies decide to place so much responsibility on each employee that it seems the world can’t turn if someone is out of the office.

This might be self imposed by the employee but often is demanded by their boss or the company. It seems to me that this might be the reason employees get burned out at their jobs and move on. When you do get to take a “vacation” you come back to so much work it really makes you think twice before booking that time away form the office. Why has our culture decided that we don’t need breaks.

Working through lunches, not taking breaks (since most of us don’t smoke), staying late at the office, coming in early to get stuff done. Our country has become accustomed and expected to be work-a-holics. There are times I don’t ever feel like I get to leave the office, I get texts from co-workers about work related items, I get my work email on my phone (which I usually switch off when I am not at work), I get called when I am on vacation. This just seems like a very unhealthy Work/Home blend!!

I recently read an article about a company that is actually paying their employees to take tech-free vacations. Let me say this again, they are PAYING their employees a substantial sum of money to take a vacation and un-plug!!! I think the issue is American companies really need to take a look a where their value lies. They see employees as expendable, if this person won’t work on their vacation, there are three more lined up who will. It is really hard to be loyal to a company who does not value your time away from the job!

Iworking on vacation hope everyone was able to have some time off with their families this past holiday weekend and you were able to un-plug and really be with your family and not like this guy! It is so hard to be present with all the technology these days and even harder when your job expects you to respond while away from the office.

 

Jenni

 

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I have share Eternity with who??

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This rape case at Stanford University has had me in a tailspin for a few days, just like a lot of the country. I kept hearing the phrase Rape Culture and had to look this up to see what the hell this was all about. I read on the Women Against Violence Against Women website that is a phrase coined by some feminists in the 70’s to show how the victims of rape are often blamed for their attack. I now understand where this phrase has a place in our culture, before I read about it, I was just pissed when I saw it!

You were drunk, your skirt was really short, you were flirting with me, you kissed me.”

Well to all of that I have to say “Fuck You!!” Now, I try not to use that type of language all the time but there are times it is warranted and this is one of those times. There is not one woman that I know (or maybe even on this planet) that wants to be sexually assaulted or raped. I can speak from experience that these actions can mess a person up for life. Yes, my name is Jennifer and have been a victim of sexual assault. I was assaulted by man I knew while in college. Since charges were not pressed, this man was not asked to leave school and I saw him every day on the way to class (I eventually dropped that class) and this messed me up for a long time. I almost flunked out of college, but instead I just left and didn’t finish. I have been through much therapy about this to help me cope, and while in no way was my attack as violent as the woman on Stanford’s campus, it was still traumatic for me. I did not have to go through a trial just to have him convicted and sentenced to 6 months as this woman did. I think that would have broken me even more. I am so enraged about this sentence that my faith in our justice system has been squashed like a piece of rotten fruit.

I think the thing that bothers me the most right now is the realization that if the man who assaulted me or Brock Allen Turner consider themselves to be Christian and have declared that Jesus is their savior (like myself and all other Christians) then they will be able to be in eternity with me (and all other Christians). This fact breaks my heart. I know that does not sound very Christian of me but its the truth. I’m reading a book by Nadia Boltz-Weber now called Accidental Saints and it about finding saints in the most unlikely people. When I recently heard Nadia speak, she talked about salvation and how we are all sinners. I agree with that, I know I am a sinner and so grateful that my faith says Jesus died for my sins and since I have that belief I will get to spend Eternity with those I love. However, that means the same for those who hurt us, commit horrible crimes, kill people, etc. How can this be?!?! I mean, I’m a sinner but my sins a little, aren’t they…I mean I haven’t killed anyone or raped anyone or physically hurt anyone.

Judging people, being unkind, yelling at my kid, lying, ignoring people/issues

Reading about the “Accidental Saints” opens my eyes even more. I generally tend to think I am open to a lot of situations and try not to condemn people for their situations. I also tend to think of myself a pretty good person, I mean…I volunteer, I work for a non-profit, I go to church…that counts for something, right? But what I am realizing is people don’t have to do all these things in their life to have salvation. They don’t have to live the type of life I choose, they don’t have to really do anything but accept Jesus into their hearts and they have the very salvation I have. Isn’t that a wonderful thing! Yes it is, but really, No it’s not!!

The fact of the matter is, I have to somehow come to the realization and acceptance that I will be spending Eternity with people I generally find unsavory and repulsive (like rapists, killers, and just “bad guys”). It is hard for me to accept that salvation is here for them the same way it is here for me but it is!! This is totally a test of my faith and I might struggle with this for a while as I figure out why God would want them in Heaven but I know there is some reason. #Faith #TrustGod #Imasinner

Jenni

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My Crazy Life…

So, I have not posted in a little while and I have to say that my life has been quite crazy in the last few weeks!! I know there are a lot of parents out there that are feeling the same way with the end of the school year.

Ethan 4th Grade

(L) Last Day, (R) First Day

My son completed 4th grade and had a wonderful year. He is quite sad that this year is over. No, really! He loved his teacher, had great friends in his class with him. I’m so glad he loves school because it makes our lives as parents much easier when we don’t have to fight about school work. I really hope he keeps this love of school forever!! I did what I always do each year and took a photo on the first day and one on the last day. It always amazes me how much he seems to grow up each year. This year really floored me because he has seemed to lose his “baby face” and moved right on in to “boy face” and I am not sure how I feel about this at all!!

 

With Sax

Last Band Concert of the Year

Even though he loves school, he is also very excited about summer. He will at home most of the summer playing outside with his friends, getting dirty, swimming, playing computer games, building Legos, reading and practicing his Saxophone!! He is very excited about going to Church Camp again this year. This is the 2nd year he will go to overnight camp for a full week!! I am not sure who is more excited, him or hubby and I! This is the week we get to watch what we want (even at 7:00), as loud as we want, eat a meal and have a conversation that does not include talk about computer games or bodily functions!

 

Spring Feast

New Board Members Being Installed

A couple of cool things happened in my life recently as well. Two weeks ago I went to the Regional Assembly for the Central Rocky Mountain Region of the Disciples of Christ Church called Spring Feast. It was a great weekend of worship, connection, learning, singing and fellowship. One of the coolest parts is that I was installed (for a second term) as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for our region and was given a beautiful Stole. It is quite an honor for me to be in this leadership role in our church and be able to be a part of the bigger picture. The DOC church really fits the bill when it comes to faith for me. The other cool part was meeting and hearing a sermon and keynote speech from Nadia Bolz-Weber. She was introduced to us all as a “Crusty Broad” and from first looks, one might think that but I found her to be quite an inspiring speaker and she really invigorated my faith!

 

Children's

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#2 cool thing that happened to me…..wait for it….. Each year Children’s Hospital Colorado does a dinner for all the volunteers to recognize achievements of some and just to say “Thank You” to all the volunteers. I love this event because they have a great slide show of all the volunteers doing the fun things we get to do and they give away some scholarships to the Jr. Volunteers, all of us who work together get to just sit down and talk to each other, its just an all around great time. Last year I was awarded a pin for being a volunteer for 5 years and I was really not expecting anything this year. However, I was awarded my pin for completing 500 hours. This means a lot to me because out of all the 500+ hours I have given, I can still remember some of the names of the kids, most of their faces and the gratitude shown by their parents when I come to give them a break! This pin represents many hours spent coloring, getting beat at a myriad of Xbox games, watching Disney movies (mostly Frozen), and just sitting on the floor and playing! I’m not trying to brag about this, mostly because there were people there with 3,000+ that were being recognized as well, but I’m proud to be a volunteer!

 

Now that school is out, let summer begin! I hope you and your family have a lot of fun stuff planned for this summer break!! I can’t wait to share some of our adventures with you!!

Jenni

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On my soapbox…

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I’m going to start off by saying, I am not a pot head. Although to be honest, I have smoked some Marijuana, Pot, Weed, MaryJane, Bud (Insert your favorite name here) in my life.

The reason this topic has me on my soapbox today is this…There is a new report out by AAA Foundation that is talking about the number of fatal accidents where the person at fault has MJ in their system have doubled (in WA). I heard about this report on my local news station here in CO, you know because we also have legal MJ here in CO so this must be what we need to report. Now, if you don’t care about what I have to say and you only want to read the report for yourself, the full report can be found on the AAA Foundation’s website, here is the link to the page you can find the full report.

Now, here is my $0.02 on this matter. I really don’t think legal MJ is to blame for more accidents or deaths in the states where it is legal. The report did say that some of these people did not have alcohol in their system but let’s get real, these people could have smoked a couple days ago and still have THC showing up in their system. There is not a test out there that can tell authorities when this person smoked last. All the tests can show is the amount of TCH in their system. Then when you get the media involved in this discussion everything seems go from Ant Hill to Mountain. (not that I am trying to downplay anyone dying in an accident.)

The reason there so much hoopla around this topic is simply because it was once a illegal substance, (still illegal on the federal level…hello federal government, you could pay off the debt in this country if you would just legalize it and tax it…just saying) and now it is legal in some states and people don’t know how to feel about it. So, all the people who refuse to educate themselves about the topic meet at  bar and have some cocktails while DRinkthey complain about this substance that is wreaking havoc in our country. Then they get into their cars, blitzed, and proceed to drive home and possibly kill a person on their way home. Somehow this is okay because alcohol has been legal for a long time.  However, the reports on DUI involving alcohol seem to be swept under the rug each year. I know M.A.D.D. puts out reports each year on this very topic. However, it never make a headline on my local station. Why is it more acceptable for people to drink and drive and not to smoke MJ and drive? Honestly, the MJ I smoked in my day, simply made me hungry then tired. I was not even trying to drive anywhere (thank goodness for Pizza delivery).

These day people use MJ for so much more than just to get high. There are so many studies out there, and an entire hospital devoted to this research in Israel, about the benCW.pngefits of MJ and other products made from MJ. Some of the conditions helped by this product: Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Cancer Pain (some research is using MJ instead of Chemo with success), Anxiety, Glaucoma, and Seizure disorders. In fact there is a strain of Cannabis Oil specifically for children, called Charlotte’s Web. This strain of oil is helping families with children who having so many seizures each day that there was not a good quality to their life and now they might have 1-2 a day and can actually go to school and learn. Tell me how this is a harmful product. If my son’s doc told me that this would help with any condition, you bet I would do anything I could to get my hands on some.

Let’s be real everyone, what we are talking about is a plant that helps people. It helps medically, helps people relax, helps people sleep, and put some tax money back into our state. We need to let go of the stigma and image of potheads because the people you are judging might be your neighbor, co-worker or good friend. Have a great day and if you choose, roll a fatty and smoke up!

Jenni

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Moms, The Good, The Bad and The Tired…

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Being a mom is great. I do love the fun I have with my son. I love the unconditional love I get from him. I would not trade in being a mom for anything. With all that said, the truth is, being a mom is hard. As if being a woman was not hard enough, we decided to bring a new person into this world and our lives got even more complicated.

Now, I can handle all the things in my life I have to do (most of the time) because I have chosen to make these things a priority in my life. I know how busy I want to be and I can handle that. There are things in my world that I don’t take on because I just don’t have the time.

This brings me to the point of the mom shaming. There are moms out there (you know who you are) who make sure everything is perfect. Perfect lunches everyday for your kids (I mean, does your kid really need star shaped cheese in their lunch), perfect snacks with the perfect amount of (or lack there of) sugar for the class. Perfect birthday parties for their children. I mean I really don’t know how these women find the time. I am a full-time working mom and I am just happy to wake up with enough time to make a lunch for my kid and throw a frozen meal in my bag for my lunch (that I might get to busy at work to eat).

I recently saw the trailer for “Bad Moms” a new movie out that is highlighting (in a funny, exaggerated way) the “Mom Battles.” Now this movie looks hilarious and I already have several mom friends planning viewing parties (with cocktails!!) and I can’t wait to see it. However, it does touch on a subject that is near and dear to most of us moms. Why do we feel the need to compete with each other and shame each other if we don’t think they other is good enough? Check out the trailer, beware it is funny and you might need a Poise Pad, just saying!

At the end of the day we will all have those moms in our lives that make us feel inferior because we didn’t breast feed or we breast fed too long, we vaccinated or we didn’t vaccinate, we feed our kids processed food or we are the “all organic” family. My thought is this, if all living beings in my house are alive I feel like my job is done. No disasters happened, everyone is accounted for, everyone was fed (maybe it was fast food, but they ate), everyone is fairly clean, everyone is safe and sound. This feels like a great day to me and I can go to bed and get up tomorrow and do it all over. Let’s all follow Ellen’s advice and “Be Kind To One Another”

Jenni

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Music Monday…

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Music has always been a huge part of my life. I know so many people who use music as a therapy. I will say, most people would be able to tell my my mood just by my playlist. My musical taste ranges greatly from Classical, Bluegrass, Jazz, Rock, Pop and the list can just go on and on.

I grew up with a lot of music in my world. I remember listening to a lot of Motown with my mom on her record player. Michael Jackson was my first favorite artist. I would dance to his music all the time. In fact, MJ was my first concert when I was seven. Mom took me for my birthday, it was the Thriller tour and I am sure we were at the very top of Mile High Stadium, but I didn’t care where we sat!

Not only is other people’s music a huge part of who I am, but my own music shaped who I am in a big way. I started playing music in 4th grade. Alto Saxophone was my love at that time and I kept playing through 8th grade. I was then lured to the Brass side by my soon-to-be high school director. I started my brass journey on the trombone but after one year switched to the tuba and fell in love. My mom jokes that I picked tuba so she would have to carry it on parent’s day……it was not my motivation but a coincidental perk! (love you mom)

I am so happy that my love of music is shared with my husband and son. My hubby has always had a love of music as well and we share some similar tastes (some of my genres are not his cup of tea). Our son loves music too and loves to pick music we listen to when dancing around the house. He has also caught the bug for playing music. He stated on the Alto Saxophone as well and loves playing, even if rehearsal is at 7:00 a.m.

With so many of my favorite childhood artists passing away in the last few years, I have really gotten back into music from that era. Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Prince, David Bowie, B.B. King, Merle Haggard, Glenn Fry, and may more who are making sweet sounds in Heaven.

Here are a few of my favorite artists that you may not know about. Tia Fuller is a wonderful musician and I had the privilege of playing with in high school. We were in several ensembles together and now she is one of my favorite Jazz musicians of all time. Bettman & Halpin are wonderful songwriters and folk singers. I met them through my workplace where they are great volunteers. They write songs from their hearts and their harmony is just the best. Please take a moment to check these great artists our and tell me who some of your favorites are, especially up and coming artists, I love to hear new music!

Jenni

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My Work, My Passion…

I mentioned in my last post that I work for a local Nonprofit in Denver. This is the truth and has been for more than 15 years now. I started my career in the corporate world and could have stayed on that track to climb the corporate ladder and make a ton of money. However, once I got a job (after being laid off in the corporate world) in the nonprofit world I quickly found that this type of work suites me to a tee.

nonprofitI began this work at a Hospice. I got the job because my mom was a nurse there and they needed a person to run their front desk in their care center. I was a good match, dependable, organized and really didn’t take shit from the nurses who tried to dish it out. I loved that job, I loved working with so many people and there was never the same people there each day, sometimes even from morning to afternoon. This kept my job interesting. I got to know a lot of the patient’s families, not so much the patient. We bonded over their loved one’s impending death and I often cried with them once that journey was complete. After 5 years of working in the Care Center for this Hospice, I moved over to the fundraising department and learned a new portion of the nonprofit world.

Even more than just loving working at a nonprofit, I love the laid back atmosphere that nonprofit provides. Now, we are still professionals but since we don’t make millions, we have a few extra perks and one of those is typically a more laid back work environment. We like to have a lot of fun while working hard. Typically you are doing many jobs squished into one and that is something you just have to accept when working in these field.

Currently I work at an agency who helps the kids who need it the most. Many of our kids have been victims of abuse and neglect. I made the move to this agency because kids are where my heart is. I have always loved working with kids and enjoy the world through their eyes. I love that our agency tries its best to help the kids in our care heal and get back to just being a kid! If you want to learn more about my agency please visit Tennyson Center for Children’s website.

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Another way I try to impact the world around me is to volunteer. When Ethan turned 4, I made it a priority in my world. I needed to have something else that was an identifier of me and for the previous four years that had been mommy. Now, I don’t have a lot of financial resources but I do have some time I can give back. I started volunteering at The Children’s Hospital Colorado and I have not looked back. It has been more than 5 years and I have made some wonderful friends. Met some incredible kids and their families. Cried while I held a baby that had cancer. Smiled when I finally got a baby to sleep. I have to say that people, including myself, often start volunteering to make a change in the world, and really it makes a change in you. It becomes part of your soul.

Now really, I am not posting this to toot my own horn. There are many people out there that would say I am not this loving, kind, philanthropic person that is being portrayed in this post. They are right. I am not always this person, I have to work very hard to be this person. I am naturally kind of a bitch…shh…don’t tell anyone. But I do know that coming to work each day and seeing the kids smile or going to volunteer and know that I am helping a child and having parents thank me for being there while they go eat a meal, it fills my kind cup and makes me a much better person.spread_kindness

I encourage everyone who reads this post to take a step back and see where you can make a difference in this world. If you have time, treasure or talent to share with others, find your passion and share it. At the end of the day you will feel good for helping and you will fill your cup for your own spirit. Be the change in the world you want to see and spread kindness all around!

Jenni

 

 

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Working mom…

The title of this post makes me laugh out loud because really we don’t need the first word. All moms are working moms! I’m not here to bash dads because they are so important in all they do and I know some wonderful dads, including my hubby, so please just keep reading.

I am one of the moms who chooses to work outside of my home. I do this because I love my sanity and I am WAY too much of an extrovert to not talk to a lot of people each day. I am currently working for a Non-Profit in Denver and love what I do. A lot of people might think my job is boring, I am on the fundraising team and manage our database. But for me, a self confessed control freak, I love it (most days). I love that my job helps make a difference for less fortunate children and I enjoy the camaraderie that working with a team can bring and I feel satisfied when I leave work (most days).

I’m going to honest, I thought it was going to get easier the older my son got. Surely it has be easier than having a baby or toddler and being a full time working mom. Boy was I wrong, I think it seems to be at the same level or harder the older he gets. Sure, he can dress himself (most days), do many things by himself (most days) but now we have homework, friend drama, eye rolling, refusal to shower, brush teeth, do chores. Back talk was kinda cute when he was a little 3-year old telling me no, now it just pisses me off beyond measure. These are the things I dread on my drive home. What will be our battle tonight and will it be worth the battle or will I just wave my white flag because I am too damn tired to fight with this little version of me!!

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my child with all my heart and I would never trade this for anything. However, when you are a working mom, in the home or out of the home, these are the last battles you are interested in at the end of the night. I don’t want to be the mom who is just watching the clock for bedtime but I will confess there are many nights that is what I am doing. I am sure there are MANY other moms out there that feel the same as I do. Since most of all have this experience, let’s all be sure we are supporting each other and not judging, especially for the way our little people act. We all know that we are doing our best to raise well behaved little humans with good manners who have clean faces and clothes all the time, but in reality our children are going to have crap on their clothes and faces, burp/fart loud in a restaurant and everyone will look at us.

Let’s band together as moms and just know that bedtime will be here soon and then we will try to have a conversation with our partners and not fall asleep in the middle and try our best to get some sleep before it all starts again tomorrow! Be sure to tell another mom that you have her back and that you think she is doing a great job when you see her. Your words might just be better than a glass of wine!! Jenni

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Thank you for standing up…

I want to take this time to say Thank You to the celebrities who are standing up and against the “NC Bathroom Law.”  I know there are people who read my blog who don’t share the same views as I do, It’s not a secret that I am very liberal. I don’t try to hide that fact in my life; however, I will not engage in discussions around the impending election and that is not what this post is about. This post is about equal rights.

I know celebrities don’t really need their horns tooted, the media does that enough for them but I wanted to take this time to throw in my two cents!  Recently two touring artists decided to cancel shows in both North Carolina and Mississippi due to the recent Anti-LGBT laws that were passed. The reason I want to bring attention to these artists and thank them is because it brings these subjects to the forefront and can often make people stop and pay attention.

We all live very busy lives and I know I am often not aware of things that are going on unless they show up in my social media feeds. I don’t regularly read the newspaper anymore (even on my phone) nor do I watch the news every day and here in CO that might not always make our evening news since it is in another state. I do, however, check to see what is trending at least once a day in social media and I think this is how many people these days get their news.

BruceWhen I saw that Bruce Springsteen was trending last week, I decided to check it out and see what was going on. I grew up in the 80’s and heard Bruce on the radio on the regular so I wanted to be sure all was well. When I read that Bruce had cancelled a concert in NC because he disagrees with the “Bathroom Law” I felt proud to be a Bruce fan. The statement on his website I lays out his reason in such an eloquent manner. I know it sucks for the fans that hold tickets to that show because they will not be able experience the greatness that is a Bruce concert, but I have to admire a man that would rather lose out on the revenue of that concert to stand up for the issues he believes in.

 

bryanToday I saw that Bryan Adams cancelled his Mississippi tour date because of the anti-LGBT law that was just passed as well. I really feel like these artists and any artist who stands up for the issues that the believe in are sending the right message. We, as a nation, can’t just sit back and let people’s rights be taken away just because they are different than we are. At the end of the day they are just great people trying to live their lives the best way they can and they don’t need to worry about taking care of a basic need in their life. We all have to worry about money, work, family, and friends, why should anyone have to worry about things like, where can I use the bathroom? It just seems ludicrous to me.

Thank you Bruce and Bryan for leading the charge and thinking about human rights before money and standing up for what you believe in!!

Jenni

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Parenting…..I love it and I hate it

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Eleven years ago I was in the very early stages of pregnancy. I was already in love with the little person growing inside me. I loved being pregnant. I loved having this little being with me all the time. I had a pretty easy pregnancy, very little illness, and just a couple bumps in the road. My hubby and I were so happy to become parents. We knew there would be hard times, we were reading the books and preparing our house and ourselves. When we found out that we were having a boy, out lives felt complete and we began to prepare even further. Picking a name that had a meaning was important to us and we decided on Ethan, meaning Strong. And strong we got!!

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This sweet little boy came into our lives a little early and he was such a good baby! He slept well, he ate well, he was a happy baby and we knew we had hit the jackpot!! Life was cruising along and he was growing fast, learning a lot and it was such a joy to learn about the world through the eyes of a child. We loved taking him to the mountains and teaching him about nature. Trips to the zoo had a very new meaning and so many sounds to learn. We quickly found out that our son has a great sense of humor and loved to be silly! I mean really, we are raising a clown!!

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Raising a clown can be very fun and very  frustrating at the same time. Not to mention our son is a Scorpio, which is a whole other blog post in itself. Once Ethan turned 4, our world changed. He was becoming more “strong” or maybe just headstrong. I have to say he does come by some of these traits quite naturally (one or more of his parents are headstrong and opinionated, one might even be classified as being bossy). We quickly learned that Ethan is quite inquisitive and loves to have the “knowledge” of all things in the world. This is when parenting really got hard. I don’t have all the answers to his questions and while Google is great, I can’t always take that moment to look up the answer, they frown on looking stuff up on your phone while driving in CO! Ethan gets frustrated when you don’t have an answer for him. Trying to help a 4 year-old have reasonable expectations is quite a chore and managing his expectations is even harder.

Bossy Ethan

Now that Ethan is in school and getting older, we have gotten a better routine. I think the thing that has helped us from the start is just talking. Talking to each other to be on the same page and present a united front as parents, talking to Ethan and letting him be part of the process as much as we can while still maintaining boundaries. The things I hate the most about parenting are very similar to many parents; the worrying, the feeling inadequate, the “am I going to screw my kid up” feeling we all have. My hubby and I mess up as parents, I don’t know any parents who don’t mess up. What we really try to do is, once all is calmer, sit down with Ethan and talk it out. Apologize to him for things we could have done differently and talk about what he could have done differently. We are trying to teach him that conflicts are not one sided and both parties have a hand in what happened and have to have a hand in resolving the conflict too. I hope we are teaching him to be mindful of himself and thoughtful of others. This is a great reminder to me as well to be mindful of myself and thoughtful of others. They say you learn the most by teaching and boy is that statement so true of parenting.

I do love being a parent, teaching him, playing with him, new adventures, learning more than I ever wanted to know about: Airplanes, 18-wheeler trucks, nuclear power, the Titanic, the largest ships in the world. I hate that I have to constantly worry about him, I really hate when he is sick and I feel helpless, when he is sad my heart breaks. This is truly the hardest job I have ever done and I would not trade any moment of it. Ethan is the joy of my life and I thank God each day for this silly, inquisitive, STRONG boy in my life!

Jenni

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