I found a blog a while back some how or another, that was kind of interesting. I referred Catherine to it, cause I thought she might like it more than me (she still reads dooce, I do not) but since it is on my MyYahoo page and I use the “top picks for your page” module, I occasionally get exposed to the blog.
Today’s article, on how to pick the people you work with made me chuckle, cause you’re supposed to hire women that smile, but not too easily. When I read that, I told Catherine that she probably smiles too easily at work to be really successful. Make them work for it!
But that article lead to tips on being a CEO with kids which was kind of interesting to hear how she balances her work/life issues which lead to a couple of articles which eventually described how she hired a house manager. The idea of a house manager is interesting – especially cause she’s paying 50k for that position in Madison, WI. But anyway for some reason I decided to read some of the comments on this one article and there she replies to someone who states she sounds defensive.
In the reply, she shares that she might be a bit defensive and her friends in similar situations are defensive…but they do so in private. She’s here to just share things. Which I can appreciate. Cause I feel that there are lots of things other parents must be feeling, “in private”, about raising their kids that I feel too, but you don’t hear about much. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns but that’s not part of the advertising. Though her and I have different issues with child rearing – but I agree with her about not being able to fool them…these kids catch on and we’re not as smart as we think, as parents.
Anyway, that “in private” thing struck a chord, because I want to read the articles where people confess about how they lose their tempers with their kids and how you recover from it. We’re going to lose our composure – why ignore that fact – and let’s talk about how we get it back. Some mornings, when Sal and I are getting ready for school, we can feel it in the air. There’s going to be a fight. Like a hockey game…the edge is there and everyone’s just waiting for it to happen. I don’t know how we get into that state and I don’t know that it’s necessarily a bad thing, it just happens. In fact, last time it happened, I kind of liked it, cause I ended up complimenting Sal on how quickly he pulled himself together. So we’re learning about each other…but I just haven’t found that parenting book that explains how to fight with your 3 year old.
Though I figure, in private, I could learn a lot from other parents about it.
Anyway, the last article I read (which I read while writing this) was good food for thought too and might be the most useful – about how to balance your money and your happiness. Yes. I’m just waiting for the 2010 Hyundais to come out.