Grandparenting Tips and Chocolate

kisses Are you addicted to chocolate? :/

 

 

 

 

 

Yes….I am, I am!! This grandma definitely is! Lol

Although, I associate myself with good grandparenting tips, skills and tricks….in that I hardly ever bring a bag of chocolates in our home or my grandkid’s home. Unless it is Christmas, my grandchildren’s birthday, or some other appropriate holiday, such as Easter.


Why, you ask?

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* I am highly addicted to chocolate. Enough said!

* You need to respect your kids enough not to bring on a confrontation/disagreement by bringing ANYTHING chocolate in their home or surroundings while the grandkids are present. Simple! ๐Ÿ˜‰

* Needless to say, (just as a reminder), DON’T eat chocolate in front of the grands! Some grandparents just don’t think!

* When it IS appropriate for a chocolate treat, get in a good habit of buying “dark” chocolate. Dark is much better for you, AND them!

* Brag to your grandchildren about healthy substitutes to chocolate, or (any candy). This can be fruit, veggies, raw or steamed. Kid-friendly dips, such as ranch and others. Cheese sticks or slices, (homemade) chicken nuggets, etc… Just as long as it isnt, bubble gum, licorice, cotton candy, or those sugar, sweet and sour worms! LOL

* When baking, use dark chocolate…such as the dark chips. Simple!

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I’m not saying your grandchild should NEVER eat chocolate! — See my 3rd sentence above; go for chocolate at appropriate times…or the (dark in moderation).

OK…this post is making me desire CHOCOLATE! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Can’t have that! Lol

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However, I think I got my point across! If not, and you have questionsYou can catch me Here

Have an awesome day! =)

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Don’t Let That Good Food Go To Your Hips! Half a Dozen Tips For Holidays

weightloss tips I didn’t get on my scales after Thanksgiving. Did I indulge? Yes, I did. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As some of you know, I’m eating low carb. However, I’m human and my reins un-tighten and I slip off the wagon (temporarily) now and then. Oh, come on, everyone does – (temporarily) from time to time.

 

 

Do I call myself a failure whenever I do this? I tend to, yes. And I beat myself up for it at times, although, I try not to. Like I said, I’m human and for sure…NOT perfect!

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Someone pitched a (share an article for review) with the opening statement today:

You survived Thanksgiving, but youโ€™re not out of the woods yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, why didn’t I get on those scales the day after Thanksgiving? Well, I knew I had over-indulged that day. Do I then, keep doing the same until the holidays are over? That sure wouldn’t be a smart thing to do would it?! Some people do…this is what (we) call (yo-yo dieting).

Well, guess what? I’ve been there!

I’ve done it, been there and done that too many times. Resolution after resolution, yep, I know all about that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I happen to know just about all the tricks, tips and the RIGHT ways to go about losing or maintaining weight. In fact, I have (half a dozen) good ones I’d like to share with you today. These tips are especially geared for the (2) biggest (over-indulgent, that’s what I like to call them in regards to weight maintaining) days of the year…Thanksgiving and Christmas. I always try to incorporate these tips as often as I can during the holidays; and even all year around even.

After all, if you’re trying to lose a few pounds or just trying to stay true to what you’ve lost, it should be a complete change in lifestyle and healthy (life-long) habits. Right?? Well, if you’ve paid attention, I’ve intentionally stated the word: SHOULD above. However, that doesn’t always make us a success…knowing the shoulds and knowing the smart things to do. That being said, let’s get to those (6) tips! I’m indeed preaching to myself and WILL find myself accountable by sharing today! <3

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Something I was craving today (french fried onions) ended up NOT being so bad with the low carb way of eating. So, I had it for an afternoon snack. However, I did want to over-dip my hand in the bag a couple more times…although, I managed self control! Yeah, for me! lol

Here are those one half dozen tips for you; I certainly hope you find them helpful

1) Stay Off The Scales During The Holidays – Too often a rise in those numbers can trigger emotional eating. It is advisable to wait until after all the hustle and bustle is over to get back on the scales. Although, keeping THIS in the back of your mind helps too. Your conscience self knows you have to weigh yourself the beginning of the year. Keep on track with healthy eating habits or whatever eating lifestyle or program you follow. Hide your scales out of the bathroom if you have to.

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2) Drink Extra Water – Keep a daily, ACTIVE journal for the amount of water you consume. Water speeds up your digestive system. You don’t need a sluggish (pipe system) at holiday time. Would NOT be a good thing for aiming for weight loss or maintenance. Purchase bottled water, flavored water, or whatever you have to do to get yourself into a daily habit of drinking large amounts of water. It flushes out your system and it’s also good for the many organs and muscles in your body. I accidentally found out those flavored waters are good if kept in the freezer (only for a few minutes); it tastes slushy….that’s if you’re into slushes. Also, it’s always a good idea to drink (2) full glasses or bottled water before a holiday meal.

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3) Eat Before You Go – Not only do you need to consume water before you go to a dinner party or what have you, but it’s also a wise choice to eat a few healthy snacks before you leave the house. You may think this would be counter-productive, however, it’s not. Your stomach will be approximately half full when you sit down to that big meal. Believe me, you WILL consume less!! Also, listen to your body when you are done eating the main meal; chances are, you won’t feel like dessert. But if you do, remember choose wisely and watch portion size.

4) Bring Healthy Dishes – When asked to prepare dishes for a special holiday event, always opt to make up something that fits your lifestyle or a weight loss program you’re following. It would certainly be too tempting to prepare foods that YOU consider unhealthy. For example, I’m following low carb; so it certainly would be counter productive for me to prepare a (carb loaded) potato dish. It would be more fitting (for me) to prepare a clean and healthy vegetable dish. Even a raw veggie and dip type of dish would be a wise choice. I could always look up a delicious low carb dish to whip up. Don’t bring something that you would have to slap your hand a few times for double dipping! If all else fails, bring something that you DON’T like. lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

5) Keep Moving – Being active helps with working off those calories. It helps melt off those butter-ball turkeys and pumpkin pie calories. However, you certainly didn’t need for me to tell you this, did you? This is just a reminder. LOL – For example; take the stairs instead of elevators. Park your car way in back of the parking lot when you go to the mall. Every step counts! Again, I’m preaching to myself as well! I do my workout routines in the mornings. Once I’m up and going, I’m fine. It’s getting up early in the first place that is challenging. I found setting my alarm clock or phone way across the room helps. It does the trick believe it or not! One more thing that works for me is I’m a grandmother of two sweet kids, and being called on to babysit helps tremendously.

6) Watch Your Alcohol Intake – Yes, you need to watch how much booze you drink. If at the very least, drink in careful moderation. Alcohol usually stimulates the taste buds, making foods (seem) to taste better. DUH…You will more than likely over indulge. ๐Ÿ™ I know, it sucks right?! Not to mention most alcohol beverages are bathed in un-wanted calories and carbs.

 

I also wanted to share with you an amazing deal with OVER 200 Low Carb Low Fat Gluten Free Recipes for Your Health and Weight Loss I’m so pleased with these books. ๐Ÿ™‚ (5) Stars!

 

In the mean time…

Hopefully, the tips and advice above have helped and made some sense to you. If you have had personal experience with weight loss or maintenance, and you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you. =)

Have a lovely day and Happy Thin and Trim Holidays to you!

How to Avoid Common Problems When Grandma Provides Childcare

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I very seldom post an entry from an unsolicited source, or from content that has already been posted elsewhere. However, I found this post enlightening on a growing grandparenting issue. More and more grandparents are raising their grandchildren these days. And what a GRAND job! I thought the post would benefit my readers. ๐Ÿ™‚

From Nannyjobs.org

For many families, Grandma is the first childcare choice. Parents love the idea of a family member whom they know and trust caring for the kids. But there are challenges that automatically come with this childcare option. Here are some questions parents should think about before having Grandma care for their kids.

What type of relationship do each of you want?

Defining the relationship is the first step in making it work long term. One side may want an informal arrangement, where it feels like the grandparent simply visits often rather than provides formal care. In those cases, the primary relationship doesnโ€™t change, it just expands a bit to include this new way of interacting.


The other side may want a more formal childcare arrangement, where the parent takes on the role of employer and the grandparent takes on the role of employee. Both sides must want the relationship to develop in the same direction, otherwise problems will quickly come up and the arrangement simply wonโ€™t work. Having mismatched ideas around this issue can also damage the core relationship, so this is a particularly important issue to tackle early on.

Where will Grandma provide care?

For some parents who want an arrangement close to nanny care, itโ€™s important that the child is cared for in his own home. The parent wants Grandma to….

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My Progress Report – Lifestyle and Healthy Changes

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Well here it is a whole 9 days late with my weight loss progress report. A lot has been going on recently; you know; life just gets in the way sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

—->>> For folks that have not read my NutriSystem review, here you go; you can read that Here….Includes pics of some of the food itself and also my “before” pics ๐Ÿ™‚

For the most part, I’m happy with my continued progress on the Nutrisystem plan. I think I should have been losing much quicker, however, hey; that’s about 75% of the population’s complaints when dieting. I have to remind myself too that I’m still in the process of menopause, yep! lol that definitely makes a bit of a difference.


Right up front, I’m still having a few days when I don’t consume enough water. I will have to practice some more discipline in that area. I always take out 2 or 3 bottles of water out of the ice box every morning after my work outs and place them on my desk right next to my to do list. (Still, it’s hard getting the water down even with it in front of me). I get so very busy with my work, and a lot of days, I just don’t drink the water I’m supposed to. ๐Ÿ™

I’ve lost a total of 20.2 pounds since March 11th. I hear of various NS members losing more consistently. They could be much heavier than I am and thus, have more to lose. That does have an impact on how fast you lose.

I have about 1/2 box of food left and my next shipment will be coming soon. I’m seriously thinking of stopping the NutriSystem plan and just eat more healthy foods and eat small portions more often throughout my days.

And above ALL else, keep up with the workouts and meet that goal of consuming a certain amount of water every single day! I HAVE to do it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also will be eating a few Healthy Choice or Weight Watchers meals over the course of the weeks ahead.

So, here’s to some more healthy eating for 2013!

Thank you for reading my progress report! ๐Ÿ™‚

Another Report Will Follow! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Half a Dozen Important Things I’ve Learned As A New Grandma

 

 

 

 

Grandparenting duties are a blessing to me. I know there is a little handsome and smart boy who needs my help with raising, disciplining, and YES, loving him!! It’s an honor having the title of Grandparent. However, I’ve learned so very much from being one. I would love to share them with you all ๐Ÿ™‚

 

However, first I want to say that all Grandmothers deserve a medal of honor! ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol

 

Below are 6 things I’ve learned about being a Grandmother

1. Bite that tongue – I’ve been doing a lot of this! As I’m sure a large portion of Grandparents do this. It’s only nature that most Grandparents would like to continue with what they knew per se, 25 to 30 years in the past.

You will find out rather quickly that you want to blurt out various things to your grandchildren and your kids while enjoying and disciplining your Grands. And I’m not talking about bad things; I’m talking about all those old fashioned rules and ideas that us Grandmas still hold dear to our hearts! Times sure have changed! ๐Ÿ˜‰

2. Certain expectations fall by the wayside – You are in for many, many surprises being a Grandma. What you expect to happen doesn’t AND what you don’t expect DOES happen! lol And everything in between. Boy was I wrong with what I had in mind after my first grandbaby arrived. All children start to develop their little personalities in the womb. While some challenging behavior can be corrected once your grandchild is 1 1/2 years old to 2 years. However, remember that most of their personality is forming before they are born.

I also expected to be able to do my online work while watching my grandson full time. Didn’t happen! I even had the cradle that my Dad made for my son in my office. Didn’t happen! My little guy constantly wanted to be entertained. I ended up watching him for approximately 6 months and then Mom gave up her job and talked my son into letting her stay home full time. My Daughter-In-Law wanted to stay home with him from day one!

Just a warning, if you’re reading this article, and you are in the same boat I was in, be prepared.


3. It’s much easier to babysit your grandchildren at their homes – Wow this is for sure 100% true! Well, think about it; your grandkids have all their toys, bed, favorite foods etc at their home. To disrupt that, it may rock the boat somewhat when it comes to their behavior. They also sleep much better when at home. I have learned this many times over! Some kids just don’t sleep good when away from home. However, some do. Every child is different.

4. Patience is still a definite virtue – My mother was the most patient person I’ve ever known. She always spent time with me when I needed her. Practicing patience is something that should be on all parent’s wanna-be list. It should be your number one priority. Children didn’t come with convenient and simple instructions. Life is not that simple. As new parents; you will need to spend time with your kids and bond with them. Spend quality time with them and teach the same things that were taught to you…only give your kids a lot more indepth teachings along with long-suffering patience. Your children will appreciate and remember this!

Well, you know that all that holds true for grandmothers. When your Grands are screaming “Mamma and Dadda!” You need to be patient with them; as with any other behavior.

5. Never forget that your grandchildren ARE NOT actually your children – That may be challenging for some grandparents to read or hear. Well, in a way they are. However, us Grandparents don’t have the final say about various rules, discipline, religion, and so many other things. We need to sit back and let Mom and Dad do their own thing. Although whatever the situation; some grandparents create their own recipes for disaster and step in too far. I DON’T want to be that type of Grandma! My kids are quite intelligent adults, and our grandkids will be nothing short of smart, compassionate and responsible adults.

6. Being Grandma isn’t always easy – Grandma, you’re in for a wild ride with your new role! You will get your feelings hurt more times that you can count. This is especially true when they get to the age where they know that Mom and Dad is indeed their Mom and Dad. And they know it when they leave. Grandma, are you able to calm your little one and soothe the hurt? Sometimes you can and sometimes you can’t. This is what I’ve learned myself. I sure wish I had a dollar everytime I’ve heard, (through real crocodile tears) “Where Mamma and Dadda at??” ๐Ÿ™

When I first became a grandmother, I daydreamed about my little guy sleeping peacefully in his crib that we have in our home. Well, that sure didn’t happen. Maybe a couple of times. However, most of the time, he ended up sleeping with both Amma and Pappa. Don’t you just love the “Amma?” =) lol

Another thing that I was looking forward to was taking my grandson to various places…out to eat, or to the grocery store. Guess what!? That has yet to happen. Us Grandparents have NOT taken him anywhere by ourselves yet.

Through all the crying and sleepless nights, I’m proud to say that becoming Grandma is still the best experience I’ve had throughout my life. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can see more articles about Grandparenting duties Here ๐Ÿ™‚

Parenting and The Terrible Two Tantrums – Akka Pity Party

This goes out to all Grandparents out there as well, even though it’s parenting advice in general, grandparenting may be a full time job for you. So hopefully this article will benefit many. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ahh, the famous, terrible two tantrum (pity party) lol

You’re at Walmart and your child is high-pitch wailing because he wants a specific toy. We’ve all been there! However, HOW we react to these violent, squirmy temper tantrums and the consequences we use is what matters.


When you’re at home with your child, how long do you let your toddler cry or scream? I say…let them throw a hissy fit and cry, kick and scream; for the majority of the time anyway. There will come a time where your child will be exhausted from the consistent wailing he or she is doing. Their voice will also get hoarse. LOL

Here’s the thing, IF you know they are not sick or running a temperature, or they are not hurt anywhere, or their diaper doesn’t need changing, and you know that they are not just screaming due to needing a nap, this parent/grandparent says, It’s not going to hurt them one bit. And they will soon figure out that you won’t jump every time they cry out for not getting their way, your child will eventually give up on testing you. And that’s exactly what they are doing! These days children are generally born more intelligent than years ago. They DO know exactly what buttons to push. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s comical in a way when you think about it.

I’ve seen my grandson display a pretty bad pity party, and all the while watching his mom out of the corner of his eye; just to see what kind of reaction he will receive. And I sometimes can’t help but chuckle to myself. Now I DO know that’s definitely the WRONG thing to do, however like I said; I can’t help myself. And SHAME ON GRANDMA!! lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

With all that said, I think you’re definitely onto my first tip; at least you should be!

#1 Let them cry their pity party out. Now, this should be the case for anywhere you may travel with your children. However, it’s rather embarrassing and just draws negative attention if you’re in a crowded store, at church, (or where ever you happen to be where there is a lot of people around). Your child will soon figure you out and know they won’t get their way

#2 Don’t laugh, and Grandma, that means ME!! When you laugh; that of course makes it 10 times worse! That should be common sense of course! lol

#3 Reward your children when they DON’T throw a pity party. And this doesn’t necessarily mean buying them candy or toys. You could take them out to their favorite place for lunch, or have them pick out the menu for dinner that night. Stickers work too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Remember, kids LOVE stickers.

#4 Reverse psychology. This works sometimes when you’re at home with the kids. Especially while they are young. While they are crying, pretend to cry yourself. You MUST be a good actress with this technique Mom! LOL I mean, give it all you’ve got. And then see what happens. This worked for me when my son was very young. It also worked (for just a couple of times) with my grandson. He is VERY smart! When I pretended crying, he immediately stopped the wailing, (STRAIGHT FACE….LOL) and looked at me and said, “HUH?”

Well, you know what I did, don’t you? YES, I laughed, not good Grandma!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And guess what? My grandson was NOT laughing. He went back to his pity party. That goes to show that it DOES work if you can keep a straight face. ๐Ÿ˜‰

#5 Ahh, spanking? Now this day and time, spanking is just un-heard of and also a moral sin in the eyes of my daughter-in-law! lol She bluntly says, “I just CAN’T be the bad guy!” However, she does use time out and that does indeed work for her…sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

There are a lot of parents that think that spanking is just wrong. They say, “You MUST NOT hit a child!” Well, from my old fashioned perspective, a good spanking on the back side is not considered hitting. It’s considered discipline. Now I’m not talking about spanking them so hard, your hands end up black and blue, or you break a blood vessel…that IS wrong! I feel a spanking doesn’t hurt them at all, unless it’s just a love pat that brings about laughter from your child while they run from you. And all you parents KNOW what I’m talking about! These love pats are totally ineffective. LOL

Time out IS an alternative to spanking however.

I’d love to hear other Moms and Grands opinions and perspectives on all the above! TY ๐Ÿ™‚

You can read more of Tammy’s tips on parenting Here.

Grandparents and Toddlers – Make It A Joyful Time

 

Some Parents and Grandparents dread the toddler years. Furthermore, some dread those years so much that it makes the situation worse. A child can sense if you are anxious or angry with them a lot more than you may think. So Grandma, you need to loosen up a bit, and I’m talking to myself as well here in this blog post. ๐Ÿ˜‰


 

 

For my grandson, the toddler phase is just beginning. He’s healthy and all over the place just as normal as can be. And I sure wouldn’t change him for anything in the world. I love him so very much.

 

 

I’ve witnessed some very bad tantrums with my grandson already. And none of them will be the last one, I’m sure. I STILL remember when I was very little; the tantrums that I myself had…and they were pretty bad! lol

 

 

The key for Grandmothers to getting through the toddler years, (or some call those years the terrible 2’s and 3’s), is stepping back and taking a more positive approach. Also your attitude plays a HUGE role. Instead of thinking to yourself, “this is going to be a bad day,” you need to say (outloud) to yourself, “this is going to be a joyful day with my grandkids.” And mean it!

 

 

Think of some fun things that your grandchildren would love doing. Maybe it’s going to the park and (if your grandchild is a boy), trying out the new remote control truck they received for Christmas. Or maybe (and this is for the older ones) they got a new bike and they want YOU to go bike riding with them. Grandma, when was the last time you were on a bike? (for me, it’s been years) LOL However, what a goal that would be for me…going bike riding with my grandson! ๐Ÿ™‚ How awesome that would be! Or maybe a trip to the zoo.

 

 

Below are a few tips for the toddler years

 

1. Go to your local library or get online and look up some books for some support for grandparenting through the toddler years. Or, look up getting through the terrible 2’s or 3’s. You WILL undoubtedly find a lot of books that will give you a lot of insight and the support you need.

 

 

2. Grandparenting groups would also be a good idea. You would be able to talk to many others that are going through the same thing. And you know what they say; “Two heads are better than one.” In this case, you will surely get a wide array of ideas on approaching the toddler years, and getting through them more effectively and easily.

 

 

3. What about toddler proofing your home? There are still some areas in (my home) that I have not child proofed! lol You know those plastic covers for electric outlets? That would be a great start for me, however I’ve not even done that. Also tying those cabinets together would be a grand idea. You know I bet there is some kind of gadgets for that now. And sure enough, I performed a quick search and found this. lol

 

 

4. Hang out outside. Let your toddler run around and run off a lot of the energy you wished YOU had! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let them play around in the dirt and perhaps help you with some gardening. It’s worth a try, don’t you think? Most toddlers (especially girls) would LOVE the idea of planting flowers or maybe even vegetables. Or what about getting a big group of kids to go walking. This would be ideal for the park. Also, get more social with this and have other Moms come along.

 

 

5. Try purchasing some brand new art supplies. This would be something that Grandma would even enjoy doing. Maybe drawing some pictures of the outdoors, or just plain coloring pages in a coloring book. Also, try looking up some fun crafts that you and your toddler would enjoy and could do together.

 

 

6. What about music? Try to make music fun and dance or just march in place to some toddler-friendly music. This would give both YOU and your little ones some good exercise.

 

 

7. Read books. Toddler-age kids love to be read to. Not just at bedtime or nap time. They enjoy books at any time. Make it fun for them and make faces as you read various stories.

 

 

Whatever you and your toddler does or enjoys doing together, always make it a learning process. Consistently teach them something new. Try to aim for teaching your grandchild something new at least every week. That sounds like a good reasonable goal to strive for. And above all else, have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

 
Tammy is passionate about her Grandmother status and loves to share photos, advice, Grandparenting Articles and Tips

 

Tammy also has been successful in the work at home industry for many years. She is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. She offers free job leads for the job seeker, as well as other work at home resources, work at home articles, tips, and more at http://www.onestopwebemployment.com

 

Armpit Farts, Whistling, and Dancing Shoelaces

The first few weeks of the new school year are gone. My six-year-old grandson wasnโ€™t sure he even needed to go. After all, he did that last year. But after a lot of ranting, whining, and complaining, he gave in. He really had no choice.

The night before school started, my grandson and daughter dropped off his school supplies and met his new teacher. That went well. The next day, I picked Patrick up after school. That, too,went well. To Patrick, there was nothing new. The routine from last year was the same this year. He wasnโ€™t worried any more. He knew he could handle the school year. That was all I wanted to hear.

As I always do, I asked Patrick how his first day went and he was almost giddy. He told me he shares a class with some of the kids from last yearโ€™s kindergarten class. His teacher is nice. Patrick even saw some of the kids from last yearโ€™s class on the playground and played with them during recess. Things were looking good. He even got a reward for not talking–candy. This year had real potential. Things began to change during the second week.

The second week started out on a good note too. Patrick was getting dressed, eating breakfast, and getting ready for school without dragging his feet. At the end of the day, he talked about the kids, about what he had for lunch, and about what they were doing in class. He got to see the bunny in science, reconnect with his music teacher, and meet his new PE teacher. Things were going well and humming along. Then it happened.

As little boys who are discovering their bodies often do, the other six-year-old boys in class decided to play a tune using their armpits. Patrick has been perfecting this talent all summer and was thrilled to discover that the other little boys in his class had as well. They decided to put on a concert for their classmates. To their dismay, they learned that armpit farts, or concerts of this nature, are not allowed in the classroom. Thatโ€™s okay. Patrick plays for us at home when the muse strikes him.

Next, Patrick rediscovered the discipline policy used by the school. If a child does not make the correct choice, they have to flip a card. For Patrick, the torture comes in the possibility that a slip will go home and tell the parent that he had a lapse in judgment. Itโ€™s okay if grandpa and I know. We just talk about it and move on. Patrickโ€™s worry is that his mom will find out. There will be consequences at home. That happened a few times last year. To Patrick, this is extreme torture. Something he would rather not deal with. But being a six-year-old boy, he sometimes makes the wrong choice. That has already happened.

Patrick forgot that itโ€™s not a good idea to whistle in class while the teacher is trying to teach. For that, he flipped a card to yellow. He says he wasnโ€™t paying attention. He says he doesnโ€™t know what his teacher wanted, but he wasnโ€™t doing it. That was okay. He learned. And the slip didnโ€™t go home. His card was turned to green at the end of the day.

So, in just a few days Patrick learned that armpit farts are a talent better shared after school and that whistling is best practiced during recess. Every afternoon I hear what color the card was for the day. Things were going well until Thursday. Then it happened! Patrick turned his card to RED. When Patrick got in the car on Thursday, The first thing he did was check for the slip. It wasnโ€™t there. A reprieve!! Patrick was relieved. Mom didnโ€™t have to know.

I asked Patrick why the card was turned to red. He said it was because he was making his shoelaces dance while he was waiting to get his Friday folder. He says they were untied and instead of tying them, he decided to make them dance instead. Patrick admits that this was a lapse in judgment on his part. He doesnโ€™t know what compelled him to make his shoelaces dance, but he says he was bored just sitting there waiting to be called up for the folder.

He says the kids around him were enjoying the performance but apparently, his teacher didnโ€™t. He wasnโ€™t on task. He wasnโ€™t paying attention. This wasnโ€™t his first lapse in judgment for the day. He had already flipped his card earlier. For Patrick, the relief came in knowing the card would be turned back to green, he would have another chance, and Friday was a day to rethink. It was a day without school.

I hope these stories brought a smile your way. I truly love my grandson. His reasoning skills amaze me. I love listening to his daily experiences and discussing his trials and lapses in judgment with him. We sometimes forget that these little guys are indeed little. I donโ€™t worry that Patrick will continue to have lapses in judgment. That comes with the territory. I relish those lapses. They are fodder for some great stories. I hope you see your grandchildren, children, or yourself here. I know I do.