I’m not sure I’d have the same reaction…

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From a story material standpoint the best time of day to be at home is when the kids get back from school. The stuff literally writes itself.

Overnight camp. The gift that keeps on giving…

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Granted this happened a couple of days ago but it just feels like we’re getting out from under it now (with a HUGE help from Gramma).

Indoor stair climbing championships and send your pic challenge!

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My mom had an expression: “Never go upstairs empty handed”. This also included downstairs, outside, inside, into the garage… you get the point. Family living means things get left, placed, intentionally situated, all over the house. How long they remain in that spot is directly proportionate to your family’s adherence to the “never go anywhere empty handed” protocol. In my house, adherence is spotty at best. My tactic has been to place items that need to be taken to people’s rooms, the bathroom and linen closet, in the middle of the stairs that lead up to those rooms. Despite going up and down countless times these items can remain fixed on the stairs for days. Clearly I need to change tactics. If there is a world championship for indoor stair climbing my team would be in the final round.

If your home is also nurturing future stair climbing champs, send me a pic of your stairs full of stuff and I’ll pick one to draw an Art of Dad original!

Surprises in the most surprising places…

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A bag of Ruffles all dressed potato chips, opened mind you, underneath a slew of shirts in my son’s dresser drawer. Not what I expected to see when I was looking for a t-shirt.

Ahhhhh laundry….

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The signs are all there for when it’s time to outsource a role.

Lost vs misplaced…

Not only did he redefine the state of his mitt, he also deflected responsibility for it’s current whereabouts. Well played my boy, well played. And good luck with that cold hand.

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Or you could just take off your mitts to do up your zipper…

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I can relate to that idea of getting warm when frustration builds and I’m guessing lots of other people can as well. Mindfulness and equanimity messaging is everywhere. It’s clear we need strategies to help us deal with situations that bring anxiety like being stuck in traffic or dealing with an obstinate co-worker.

Just because kids can’t drive or have to deal with bosses doesn’t mean they’re immune to frustration (as any parent on the planet will attest). Their problems may seem small to us but they are just as relevant to their day-to-day living. While I might point out that putting on one’s mitts AFTER one does up one’s jacket zipper would be a useful way to avoid a repeated frustration, that observation, in my household, would only serve to further ratchet up the heat.