Thursday, March 24, 2011

Parenting 101

Once again I took a Parenting class last night. I was talking to a co-worker about it this morning and she made a comment about " you could teach one." It made me think.
It is not that I think I am a bad parent-I would just like to be a better one. I don't think my kids are bad-I need to improve my reaction to them. I just don't want to yell anymore.
I hear the words come out of my mouth and I cringe. Isn't half the battle knowing you have a problem? Well, I am standing up in front of the class and saying:Hi, My name is Jennifer and I am a yeller.
I sort of remember when this started. Before Dad was the yeller and I was the sweetheart. Then I kept being told that they didn't listen to me because I let them get away with murder. So I began to raise my voice and put my foot down. I essentially went from being my Mom to being my Dad. Great!
Also Mom's plate was/is full. I do things which I think will make my life easier but in reality I am creating 2 beasts. They expect things done for them and done now, damn it. They also don't know it is wrong as it is all they know. Funny thing is if I give them jobs they love that crap. They actually fight over it. Feed the cat and feed the fish are a battle of "I want to do it. It is my job." Now if I could only get dishes and laundry to be that exciting. ;)
So it is a work in progress and if everything goes as planned I may figure out what the hell I am doing by the time my grand kids are born.

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Race Results

09/07/07 Main Street Mile 11:44
05/18/08 YPD 5k 52:57 17:05
06/14/08 Walpole Village 5K 35:27 11:26
06/21/08 Mashpee Fun Run 34:21 11:05
07/19/08 Mashpee Woodlands 36.49 11:52
08/10/08 Falmouth Road Race 1:29:31
08/25/08 Women Running Wild 35:40 11:30
10/25/08 Mashpee Firefighters 37:47 12:10
05/02/09 Cape Abilities 5K 34:59 11:17
05/17/09 YPD 5K 36:41 11:50
08/09/09 Falmouth Road Race 7mi 1:37
10/31/09 Mashpee Firefighters 5K 37:15 12:00
09/11/11 Main Street Mile 12:31
10/29/11 Screech to the Beach 5K 39.13 12:20
08/12/12 Falmouth Road Race 1:34:24 13:29
05/18/14 YPD 5k 44.25 14:17
06/1/14 June Jog 4mi 1:04 16:00
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:42:04 14:35
09/27/14 Girly Girl 5K 37:24 12:02
10/26/14 Pell Bridge Run 4mi 48:41 12:10
11/27/14 Turkey Trot in VA 5K 35:22 11:23
12/06/14 Jingle Jog 5K 34:42 11:11
03/29/15 Thomas Guinta Memorial 5K 34:14 11:03
04/19/15 St. Margaret's 5K 31:11 10:21
05/17/15 YPD Blues 5K 34:58 11:17
06/07/15 Newport 10 Miler 1:56:09 11:36
06/20/15 Mackenzie's 5K 33:55 10:54
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:33:51 13:24
10/31/15 Screech at the Beach 36:19 11:40
5/20/18 YPD Run to Remember 37.37 12:08