SoCS and #JustJoJan Day 13 – In The Stern

Oh, Linda.  You always provide such interesting prompts.  At first, I was stumped because I don’t have newspapers or magazines in the house, but then I realized she also mentioned books and lucky for me, I am sitting right next to a book case.  I grabbed the first book that my eyes landed on and found the following words: “in the stern”.

This was a terrible pick for me because I am not at all inspired by boats.  I almost went with something different, but this is Stream of Conscious style writing and I’m sure we were meant to go with the first one.  So, that leaves me with taking those three words and not being so literal about them.

I can’t decide if I’m a good mom or if I am miserably failing.  I’m not very stern with them.  I used to be (when they were really little), but none of us enjoyed that very much and I can tell you, I didn’t like how it made me feel.  I realize kids need direction and they need guidance, but I’m not sure yelling and carrying on at them is the best way to handle things.

Friday’s are a late start day for the kids, which is all sorts of retarded for them and parents, other than the fact that they get to sleep in a little bit.  I went to work yesterday fully intending to call my youngest, because I just had this feeling that he was going to sleep in.  He’s usually pretty reliable, but it’s happened before, so I figure I need to do better about calling him and helping him out.

However, once I got to work, I got busy and completely forgot about it.  Around ten, I finally remembered, but at that point it was too late.  I figured he was either at school or home in bed and once he’s late, it’s harder to get him motivated to get to school.  He ended up calling me at 12:30, having just woken up for the day.  I told him he’s missed a lot of school this year and he needs to do better.

Would it have helped to get mad and yell at him?  I don’t think so.  Perhaps I could have been more stern with him.  I don’t know.  What I do know is that it’s a constant battle of wondering how best to respond to their actions.


Just Jot It January and Stream of Consciousness Saturday are hosted by Linda G. Hill. Today’s prompt is: “When you’re ready to sit down and write your post, look to the publication (book, newspaper, permission slip from your kid’s teacher, whatever you find) closest to you, and base your post on the sixth, seventh, and eighth word from the beginning of the page. Enjoy!”


11 thoughts on “SoCS and #JustJoJan Day 13 – In The Stern

  1. I think you are doing great. You are teaching your children to be responsible. You will not always be there to call them and remind them to do things. Love you sweet girl!

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  2. My philosophy, for what it’s worth: “Pick your battles” is my mantra. No point getting upset over something that’s already happened. Learn from it and move on. And remember to breathe!
    Glad you enjoy my wacky prompts, Helen. 😀

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