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Jennifer E. Thomas
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It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005


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Kid stuff

I am a strict parent. Ask any of my kids, they'll tell you that their Ma is tough as shoe leather and keeps them toeing the line pretty closely. Hell, you don't need to ask them, just dig through my LJ archives and you'll see the proof.

Anyways, it struck me about an hour ago that while I punish them when they do wrong and praise them when they do right, there is something I have never done.

I have never praised them for all of the things that they COULD do, but don't.

Disappearing and not telling us where they are
Bullying people
Disrespecting people
Getting in major trouble at school (for the most part, there have been slips)
Treating people unkindly

And the list goes on. They need to know that we notice these things, or should I say the lack of them, and we appreciate that they don't do that crap.

So I am eagerly awaiting them waking up. Because I want to thank them for slacking in those areas. :)

Borderline symptom of the day: good

You are right...those are great things to notice them not doing! It's good to give strokes for things like that.

I'm glad to hear(read) that you're feeling good...terrific!

Happy 4th of July!

Every so often mother realizes how awesome I am (since the list applies to me too) and tells me so, because her friends kids are not nearly as nice. Her friend kathy's son, dear god, he is a monster that does everything short of hitting her and if he did it honestly wouldn't be a surprise :(

Don't forget to tell them you're proud of them too.. I sure wish my parents hand... :)