Second- YOU GUYS !!! Our p.o. box has been overflowing with gifts for our sweet and beautiful granddaughter, Norah Jane !!! Thank you thank you thank you for responding so kindly to her virtual baby shower !! We're hosting a live one at our house this Friday- I let Naomi open some of the packages early, as I just couldn't wait to see what she got :) She'll open the rest at her real baby shower...in the mean time, here's a sneak peek of the little princess wearing some of the gorgeous headbands you sent...
...is she not the CUUUUTEST little doll you've ever seen ?!?!?!?! Does every Nana think her grandkids are the most adorable kids on the planet ?!!!!
Okay, thirdly...apparently I caused some disgruntlement on my post why I homeschool my kids. And I may have made up that word, but that's what you get to do when you're a homeschool teacher - you get to make up your own words ! Anywho- I did not in any way mean to disparage single moms by one poorly worded little paragraph. You can read the comment section if you want to see my explanation.
And just for the future- it is extremely hard to balance out everything I say in one blogpost. I write, for the most part, assuming people know what's in my mind and heart. So I don't always balance out what I'm saying or explain it further - thinking everybody knows I think single moms work their butts off, and most of them do an awesome job, right ? But apparently not everybody does know that. So please forgive me if you took that paragraph wrong...and thanks to the commenters who pointed out how that could have been taken the wrong way.
And also - apparently I haven't completely understood the term helicopter parenting. It does not mean this....
....because that is just called "airplane parenting". Actually, it's called "airplane sibling-ing".
But it is also not the thing I thought it was...I thought it meant a get-in-your-business type of parent...but apparently it means one of those parents who follows their kids around the playground making sure they are not going to fall off anything, and if they do they will catch them immediately. And also the kind of parent who stomps into the classroom demanding the teacher changes little Johnny's grade because he (the parent!) worked very hard on it. Ha. So, NO - I don't want to be a helicopter parent.
Having said that - I AM a parent who...
a) goes through her children's emails regularly, making sure there are no inappropriate conversations going on
b) raids her children's backpacks and drawers and iPods and twitter accounts making sure...well, see point a
c) gets in her kids' business when it comes to where they are going, who they are going with, when they are coming back, and what will be going on when they are gone.
Here is my governing philosophy, if you will : if you live in MY home, every single thing you have in your possession is mine. You have absolutely no privacy, except for in the shower. Nothing is sacred, not even your underwear drawer. I will allow you to have an email or twitter or google-plus account on the condition that I have your password and you never ever switch it without telling me. The moment I discover something that violates our standards, that privilege is gone. Period. And if you ever break our trust, you have to EARN it back, which will be a long, slow, painstaking process. It can be done, and we will help you get there...but it is not a given. It is a privilege to live at The Rice Ranch, and you will treat it as such.
In exchange you get :
...my complete love and attention and respect. And an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on, and I will stay up with you til 3:00 in the morning if you need to talk about anything. I will drive you to practices, cook you healthy meals, pray every single day for you, shower you with affection, stand up for you always, spoil you to death on holidays and your birthday, and eat all the chocolate you get on Halloween and Easter- because I'm awesome like that.
Sounds like a pretty sweet deal, does it not ?
So maybe my thighs will end up looking like these...
...but we will all get along well at The Rice Ranch if you obey the rules.
Okay, I think I've covered everything that I said wrong, and made amends, and thanked everyone - wait, did I thank Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid for shutting the government down ?? I DIDN'T ??? Well, thank you. Thank you very much ! Those employees will eventually get their paychecks- they truly will ! - and you guys can all figure out how to balance our national checkbook. Just like we all have to do ! How very good of you. Amen.
Okay, I'm sure there was something in that paragraph to offend someone, so maybe my next post can be a big apology to democrats, federal employees, and Nancy and Harry. We shall see. In the mean time...
Happy Wednesday. Go hug a single mom, and tell her Patti sent you.