From buying Taylor Swift tickets to telling decent jokes, parents share why they’re awesome – The Boston Globe | Wonder Mind Kids

And while this column is usually geared toward the 12-and-under group, I had to include a couple of parents with kids in college as well. We’ll all be there one day (hopefully?). Read on, enjoy, and enjoy your little triumphs wherever you can.

Open conversations for parents.GLOBE STAFF

transitions

“I survived my first year as a first-time single foster mom. My child was 11 months old when he came to me in July 2021 and he is still with me at 27 months.”

“Our baby switched to whole milk and ended up drinking it cold! Good relief from the bottle feeding shortage and our trusty bottle warmer.”

“Sleep. Healthy uninterrupted sweet peaceful sleep for everyone at home. My 5 year old has finally made his peace with his own bed and room, he loves the relaxation routine we developed together and even our two cats look refreshed the next morning On to the next challenge (picky food), but our restored nights are our small, big triumph this year.”

“My son is autistic and non-verbal and at 13 was just identifying the feeling ‘frustrated’ when his favorite ice cream was out of stock at the store. A mom has never cheered so loudly when she recognized her emotions properly.”

“My 14 year old has ‘completed’ therapy and has tremendous new skills and is rocking them. Last night she started working out at a gym where she is currently the only female athlete. She’s a different person than she was two years ago…confident and in control of her emotions, and that’s beautiful. That’s more their accomplishment than mine. But her father and I supported her all the way. And paid the insurance bills out of my own pocket.”

Logistic miracles

“Our child enjoys taking piano and trombone lessons, which was a challenge at the beginning of the school year.”

“My wife snagged some good Taylor Swift family tickets today at face value. Kind of a big deal.”

“I put my two kids in Ninja Warrior classes at the same time, not waitlisted or drop-in classes. Had four alarms set on two different devices (phone, calendar app) and multiple browsers open just before classes started.”

“I have the kids signed up for next summer’s camps by the end of October.”

“I took my son to speech therapy after he aged out of early intervention and we were on waiting lists for five months.”

“I’ve taken my child to a new daycare center that’s cheaper, better and closer, and I don’t have to pack lunch!”

“I enrolled my two children in swimming lessons at the same time.”

“I signed my eldest son up for dormitory camp. Registration opened at 12 noon on a Saturday. We had to be at an event out of town that Saturday afternoon. Registration had to be done on a computer. The phone became a hotspot, and we signed up…at the curb. To make things funnier, the youngest in the car was nauseous and threw up in the back seat while I tried to fill out the overly complicated form for this niche overnight camp. Amazingly, the 6-year-old grabbed the seat organizer and built himself a bucket. He didn’t throw up on himself or the car.”

“My children’s activities (soccer twice a week, ice skating twice a week, gymnastics, choir, trombone three times a week, Lego team twice a week, and a weekly counseling session) were all able to fit into our before and after program. School schedules and my work schedule without any conflicts. All moons and stars aligned. Total wonder for a single mom.”

“My gain as a parent this year would be that I received a job offer from a cold call and took a huge risk of quitting my job (I had taught at the same school for the last 10 years and therefore lost my tenure, sick days, work relationships and job security) for a new job as a teacher much closer to home with much better hours so I could be home in time to meet my kindergarten kid from the school bus.”

trust and independence

“My 2 year old thrives in her weekly ballet class after struggling with everything from wearing her leotard to being in the studio. She now asks us to practice the songs with her and calls her teacher by name and says she can’t wait to go to class.”

“I convinced my non-Joiner kid to join the robotics team.”

“My child was able to overcome the separation anxiety and now dropping out of kindergarten is very smooth.”

“All three of our children can swim! And you can ride a bike without training wheels.”

“My 9 year old went to the shop by himself for the first time yesterday to get milk. He was excited about independence.”

“[My 10-year-old] campaigned to stop going to school and go home alone or with a friend. It’s great for its budding independence and it saves me some money. Plus, I get an extra 30 to 40 minutes of work to do…because I don’t have to pick up, so maybe I’ll do less catch-up at night and on weekends.”

“My 8th grade son was not looking forward to the summer English course I enrolled him in. But after a few days, thanks to a nice teacher, he warmed to it and in the end he did very well.”

“One day, on his way to the bus door, my son said, ‘If there’s something I can’t do, I’ll just ask my teacher.’ I was amazed. This is after, say, 12 years of telling our kids that teachers don’t mind questions, and in fact they like questions. For some reason both of my kids felt like they had to figure everything out on their own. … It was shocking to hear him finally repeat to me the words I had said over and over again. You really listen.”

“I encouraged my daughter to take the time and pour her beautiful soul into an artwork she envisioned for a PTA competition. In the end, she won first place in the state of New Hampshire. But what I’m most proud of is the message of her play: ‘Spreading kindness with my own 2 hands.’”

Happy hacks

“I got my 9-year-old daughter addicted to The Muppet Show.”

“I learned how to do a French braid.”

“I learned how to play video games so I can play with my son.”

“I’ve unraveled a toy helicopter from my child’s hair without shedding tears, cutting her hair or breaking the toy while I was on the phone for work and actively cooking dinner. Felt like a superhero.”

“I’ve stopped answering stupid questions. If the answer can be found elsewhere – “Where are my socks? Why is there no milk? When is football practice?” – these will now receive a standard response: “That’s not the kind of questions I answer. Freed from the ordinary!”

“I’ve started using Hannaford’s takeout to order groceries and then pick them up.”

“I organized “pizza montages” for my son’s school so that I had one day less to pack lunch every week.”

“I put my kids in charge of lunch on the weekends.”

Maybe you did a decent job after all?

“My 16-year-old wants to spend time with me.”

“I raised my son as a single mom in New Hampshire and this year he graduated from Amherst College. His performance is a lot bigger than mine, but I still celebrated a bit.”

“My children thanked me for giving them a ‘good childhood’. They are all children [at] 11 and 17 years old but I appreciated it anyway.”

“This year, my two children actually know and understand what I do for a living.”

“By a light bribe, my fifth grader now practices the trumpet every day. Did I mention he’s a beginner?”

“I’ve got two quarters of my kids laughing at my jokes.”

And my personal favourite

“I allowed my child to quit football. mid season. He said, ‘Coach Kevin, I’m retiring’ and walked off the field.”


Kara Baskin can be reached at kara.baskin@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @kcbaskin.

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