Three separate, but related tips:

  1. Many blogger professionals advise, “Make a catchy title.” So I hope this got your attention.
  2. I’ve also read de-clutter techniques on dealing with the things your kids bring home from school. Take a picture of it and then throw it away when they aren’t looking.
  3. It’s become a cultural norm to use social media to inform friends and family of things that happen in our lives so far away from those we love in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota and Nevada (and New York, and New Jersey… we have a big family).

The last two posts were about the kids’ 8th grade graduation and how grateful we are of their teachers and administrators. This post is to cover all of the tips above. And to toot their horn a wee bit. Why? Because these kids study hard and are fairly dedicated to their music, theatre, and dance programs.

Of course I yell at them to get off their phones and do their homework. And I nag about practicing. And pitching in on the chores. And being considerate of others. We have high expectations of them, because we know they are capable. And there is always room to grow and improve. We are trying to help them find a healthy balance between accountability and neurosis (jk). I don’t always engage in these battles. Sometimes, I just shut their bedroom doors. Of course we tell them we are proud of them. But we still want to encourage them to keep reaching.

True story: my daughter’s first quarter report card had all ‘A+’s and one ‘A’. I said, “What’s with the ‘A’?” Of course she new I was joking, but pointing out room for growth. Last quarter, her lowest score was a 97. I said, “Why not 100?”
“Because that teacher doesn’t give 100s”
“So why not a 99 then?”
“Mom!!!”
(It’s become an inside joke between us.)

One of the challenges I have as a mother of two kids the same age is how to celebrate individual success without comparisons. Since the beginning, we avoided describing them in words that compared one to the other; words that end in -er. Shorter, Louder, Quieter, Faster… We stuck with, boy and girl, son and daughter. She does this, he does that. Everything came in twos. But we were mindful that they each had their own identity and their own story. Out of habit, I’ll sign papers in birth order. But that’s as far as it goes. When we introduce them, it’s “Our kids.” TWINS is something parents deal with; not something to push onto them. Although, they do refer to each other as “womb mates.”

When they were babies, and I had to carry them around, some smart person would typically comment, “You sure got your hands full.” These last two weeks of concerts and graduation ceremonies, they’ve brought home the booty – and yes, we sure have our hands full. And we couldn’t possibly be prouder of them.

Below are details of each award if anyone (Grandma) wants to take a closer look.

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Thanks for sharing our happiness.

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2 thoughts on “Booty Call – June 7

  1. Catchy title. And nice article, too. Your kids are certainly impressive. That is not a surprise. Kudos to them – and to you and ypir husband. I know from first hand experience how challenging parenting talented kids can be. And you have mastered another skill. A mentor at a professional performers workshop I attended years ago once said, “It is always better to toot someone else’s horn than your own.” I guess that advice applies to bassoons, too. 🙂

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