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I had the pleasure of attending parent/teacher conferences this week to meet with four of my son’s middle school teachers now that the first quarter of middle school is behind us.
In between waiting for my turn to speak with each teacher, I took the liberty of cleaning out my son’s locker.
Yes, I was the only mom cleaning out a locker and yes I am realizing that I might not be normal but if I didn’t do it, how else would his class pictures make it home?
I really like all of his teachers. And they really like my son which makes my life that much easier. It’s always nice when a teacher can appreciate an outgoing/social student. My phrasing for class clown.
In all seriousness, my son is super bright and I am really proud of that.
However, in talking with his lovely English teacher, she said she is recommending that all parents enforce how important it is for the children to continue reading outside of the classroom.
I have never had to get strict with the reading thing because my son loves to read but even for him lately, reading has been taking a back seat to modern technology and that’s just not okay.
I spoke to him about it last night and I made a superb analogy:
Reading is like running.
If I suddenly stop running or slack on my frequency, I am going to lose fitness which means, I will not be able to run as fast or as long as I am used to without it becoming difficult and needing some work on my part in order to return to my current level.
He was shocked.
Yes, little boy, if mommy were to give up running for a month and then one day wake up and head outside, it would feel hard.
My comfortable pace would be a struggle and it would take me time again to run the amount of miles I do right now which I know you think seems effortless.
The more you read, the better you get at it. The more regularly you run over time, the better you get at it.
The more you read, the stronger your vocabulary, the better you comprehend words and their meaning.
If you aren’t reading enough, the rest of your learning will suffer.
If I am not running, everyone around me will suffer because I need endorphins to keep me friendly.
Wait! You know what else I need?! I keep meaning to tell you about it all week!
This shirt from Wild Fox.
I mean, hello — Is this shirt not the story of my morning?
It really should include warm bowl of oatmeal though.
Have you seen the latest phone cases by the way from Marc Jacobs?
Do kids today even know what the heck a cassette tape is? I mentioned a “mix tape” to my son the other day (as I was singing Debbie Gibson’s Only In My Dreams at the top of my lungs in the car) and he hadn’t a clue what I was talking about.
And how about this as a purse?
Looks like the Walkman my dad described in his New York City Marathon memories post.
So another running analogy was needed yesterday after we got in trouble at the orthodontist.
It was supposed to be my son’s last appointment before having his braces off but since he has failed to wear his rubber bands, he now has another five weeks.
Do you think he will wear the rubber bands? He isn’t sure is what he informed me so I informed him of the following life lesson:
You have one month left! I know you don’t want to wear them, I know they are annoying and bother you but it’s like that last half mile in a race!
You can see the finish line!
So you pick up that pace, you get a little more uncomfortable, you do what you have to do because the faster you cooperate, the faster you cross the finish!
And on that note, I think he is ready for the weekend with his dad where he can steer clear of the running analogies for a few days.
Have a terrific weekend!
If you are running a race this weekend, is today your rest day or tomorrow?
Do you remember making “mix-tapes”?
Are you a big reader? Do you use a Kindle type thing or like an actual book? I enjoy a real book, I am old-fashioned.