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Reading to Second Graders


I just finished reading to my son's second grade class, I read 2 books, can't remember first one, the second one was Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book.

I may have gotten the wool pulled over my eyes a little bit about getting into this reading deal. Last week my son comes home and says "Dad, my teacher really needs someone to come and read to us at school next week". So I check my calendar the next day at work, and email the Teacher asking when would be a good time to come and read to the class the following week.
She replies with possible times we go back and forth a little and settle upon today at 2:00 as my time to help her out by reading to the class. When I got there today the teacher thanked me for coming and from that conversation I gathered that my son may have wanted me to come read and might have slightly bent the facts when telling me that his teacher "NEEDED" my help to come and read for the class. I don't care in the least bit, I am glad he hasn't got to the point that he is embarrassed to be around me. It makes me feel good he still wants to have me around even when his buddies are there.

Parenting is full of Discipline Tests and Challenges.

You have to live your life in a way that your kids respect you. You have to also live your life in a way that teaches them to respect other human beings. You also want your kids to like you, at least I do. The hard part is remembering that it is not my job to be their best friend. It is my job to raise them to be the type of person that other good and decent people want to be best friends with.

After the turkey hunt this weekend and the fact that he actually wanted me to come read to his class at school, I want to go buy my son a new video game and do everything I can from here on out to just keep big smiles on his face. But.. I can't, I have to keep parenting. That means that sometime in the very near future he will do something ridiculous ( like 8 year olds do) and I will have to come down on him and maybe come down on him hard. It will suck and it will break my heart, but the fact that my wife and I have kept our priorities straight as parents (for the most part) for the last 11 years, that's whats makes our kids so great. That's what makes it break your heart when you have to come down on them. That's what has made them the type of people I want to be best friends with. The fact that we have not been the type of parents that place being best friends with our kids as our top priority, I think that is what will lead to us being best friends with our kids once they are adults.

I could be wrong.

1 comment:

  1. I definitely relate to this "parenting blog" - I get to sit back and be one of the "best friends" after coming down hard on the 33 year old writing this blog! It definitely paid off and I'm proud! It's not always fun but the end results and rewards are amazing to parents (and grandparents!) Keep up the good work and keep reading those books!

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