Growing up I was totally one of those kids that read early, talked early, all that jazz — but hated math. I can't even pretend that I just strongly disliked it, as my feelings were those of straight-up loathing. If I have to place the beginning of this hate-hate relationship, I can safely say it started when I got my first B in sixth grade in algebra.
This is Offbeat Families's archive of teens posts.
My thoughts about parenting have generally existed in a continuum that ranges from, "I definitely don't want kids" to "Kids seem like this fantasy thing" all the way to "If I have kids, I'll do this …" But no where in those ricocheting and often short-lived conceptions of potential parenting has there ever been a moment where I've thought, "Yes, I'll have kids." Mostly, I've been wading about in the gray for a long time. And for the most part, the question-and-answer game of my parenting or non-parenting future exists in a way that is anxious, but non-pressing. And a great deal of it, I now realize, stems from my most well-known observations of parenting, a lifetime spent watching my own amazing, instinctive, and infinitely nurturing mother raise her two children, and then watching her lose and grieve one.
The above photo made me smile every single time I saw it, so that's what's kicking off this week's Mama Montage. I don't know what exactly is going on there, but it looks like it's awesome — or at least bearable. Siblings = hilarious.
Honesty is the best policy. I truly believe that. I am like Honest Abe Lincoln who, when confronted about chopping down the cherry tree, shouted "Give me liberty or give me death and I'm really sorry about the tree but Babe the Blue Ox told me to do it!" Growing up, I may have kept things from my mother but I only really lied to her once.
The broadcasting team at Liberty Middle School in Madison, Alabama, is currently rocking my world. They put together this incredibly simple, yet incredibly powerful video called "I'm Human." The video features students standing against a wall, each holding up a sign that tells you how they're different. One is Christian, one is spoiled. Another is Mexican, and one girl has lost a friend — all of this in the first forty-eight seconds.
Yesterday NPR published a new piece called Why A Teen Who Talks Back May Have A Bright Future.
Whilst I'm still learning how best to manage behaviour, and the results of my efforts are often far from perfect, I'm beginning to realise just how much I rely on some of the strategies taught at university or learnt from other teachers. Even when these strategies utterly fail me, at least I feel that I've done right by my students and maybe, just maybe, they'll thank me for it when they calm down.