Rebecca Rodriguez-Brea's Blog (9)

Plugging in when your middle-schooler wants to cut the cord

I'm always looking for opportunities to stay involved in my son's educational experience, which has gotten a little trickier since he moved up to middle school.  In elementary school, there were more ways for me to feel plugged in to his experience, as well as to engage with teachers and staff.   Now there are no more apple picking trips, family dance…

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Added by Rebecca Rodriguez-Brea on April 10, 2013 at 8:20am — No Comments

The Birds, the Bees & Bye Bye Birdie

Last week we went to see the 7th & 8th grade production of Bye Bye Birdie at my son’s middle school.  I am particularly fond of this piece because, back in the day, I was one of the “screaming girls” in my 8th grade’s production of the musical.  I…

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Added by Rebecca Rodriguez-Brea on April 10, 2013 at 8:14am — No Comments

Anatomy of a Playdate

I came home today to find my son’s cousins have come over to play for the afternoon. With my son suitably entertained for the time being and my husband on kid patrol, I am comfortably ensconced at my desk with a cup of hazelnut coffee and a croissant slathered in Nutella (what else?) and…

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Added by Rebecca Rodriguez-Brea on April 10, 2013 at 8:09am — No Comments

It's Just A Cough, Right?

My son's friends came home with him after school today to hang out for a while.  As the boys tumbled through the door, divesting themselves of their jackets, backpacks and sneakers (no shoes in the house!!) I noticed that one of them was sporting a pretty nasty cough.

Normally I'm not paranoid about other kids' coughs, sneezes, or runny noses - kids…

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Added by Rebecca Rodriguez-Brea on April 10, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Substitute

On Saturday morning I took my son to the neighborhood barber for a desperately needed haircut.  After much protesting and eye-rolling, he agreed that his curly hair was out of control.  Two weeks of wrangling with it unsuccessfully was enough to get him in the chair and see if the barber could reach that happy medium between messy and controlled –…

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Added by Rebecca Rodriguez-Brea on April 10, 2013 at 7:56am — No Comments

Fifty Shades of Nutella

I’m standing at the kitchen counter about to start dinner.  I open the cabinet to round up the ingredients for this evening’s meal and I see it, that seemingly innocent white-lidded jar, beckoning my attention.  I look away and continue gathering my supplies, but its call is too great to ignore.  I remove the Nutella  from the cabinet and slowly twist off…

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Added by Rebecca Rodriguez-Brea on May 21, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

I Was A Cereal Killer - One Mom's Cautionary Tale

What have I done?

I know my 11-year-old son is a capable child.  He likes to help his dad out at the store and recently our neighbors hired him to look after their cats while they are away on vacation.  He does well in school, is a brown belt in karate, loves to play everything from "Bach Minuet in G Major" to "Moves Likes Jagger" on the piano, puts his dirty clothes in the hamper (mostly), keeps his room fairly neat, is always up and dressed for school on time, is helpful,…

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Added by Rebecca Rodriguez-Brea on May 21, 2012 at 3:56pm — No Comments

A Well Visit Wake Up - or How My Son Became An "Adolescent"

I recently took my 11 year old son for his yearly well visit with the pediatrician.  At the end of the appointment, and after being assured all was indeed well, the doctor handed me a nifty little printout detailing the visit.  The first page listed current height and weight, any labs and tests ordered, results from vision and hearing screening, and any follow up…

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Added by Rebecca Rodriguez-Brea on April 30, 2012 at 11:55am — No Comments

Welcome to Nike Town!

Okay, so my 11-year-old son’s feet grew.  A lot.

He’s been wearing the same pair of sneakers for the last 7 months.  I kept asking him if they felt too tight or if he was uncomfortable, and he kept telling me they felt fine.  I’ve offered several times to buy him a new pair of sneakers, but he’s declined.  Being a creature of habit, he likes to wear the same things over and over again, especially his shoes.  Plus, he hates any kind of shopping.  And with the mild winter we've…

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Added by Rebecca Rodriguez-Brea on April 15, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

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