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If You’re A Mom, You Get To Be The Homework Czar

Someone once told me that parenting gets easier as your kids get older.  I think the person who said that drank martinis for breakfast, or never raised teenagers.  Lately my evenings have been spent helping Brian struggle through some classes.  How did I get nominated le tutor in charge?  And where in the hell was my ex husband when this position became available?  Probably watching the San Francisco 49rs. The bastard.

God has a sense of humor, because Brian and I are arguing living eighth grade science, which I didn’t like when I was in eighth grade.  Ew, eighth grade, just the thought of it makes my skin crawl.  Now I am regularly hanging out with eighth grade boys. Menopause should be easier.

Brian’s homework is a great distraction from politics and economics.  I’m too exhausted after arguments helping Brian with creating a vacuum and studying molecules to care if the world is falling apart.  Our science “discussions” make the debates look like child’s play.  I think Palin argues because teenagers have prepped her.  At home we moms get used to always having to argue our point with kids that it spills out into our work world.

Has the economic climate affected my life?  Well, I come from 20 years of mortgage banking and real estate, so yes, I am seeing and living everything.  One positive is the stress has me out running three days a week and hiking on the weekends.  I am relieved that I turned my direction towards graphic arts and started my third career.  It is always interesting to start over.

My college boyfriend drove by Heather and me as we walked at lunch.  As this truck blew by us, I leaned in to Heather and said, “That guy on the passenger side was my college boyfriend.  He’s worked for the same company for almost 30 years…”.  She turned to watch the truck drive by.  “Wow. Thirty years?”  “Yeah, hard to understand isn’t it?”  “Almost unreal.”

Thus, Brian and I work that homework.

Until next time-



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About Catherine, the redhead mom blogger

Catherine’s hopes to make this blog a safe place for thyroid sufferers to come laugh and share the funnier side of thyroid disease while raising awareness around the world. She is a published author, known for her humorous speeches on finding your dream life and blogging for fun and profit. Catherine writes about her dream life at, 8 Women Dream and several online marketing publications. She would also like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations. Catherine posts on M/W/F. Join me on Google+ rapieress@aol.com

3 Responses to If You’re A Mom, You Get To Be The Homework Czar

  1. BobG October 8, 2008 at 10:49 pm #

    “Someone once told me that parenting gets easier as your kids get older.”

    It’s not that it actually gets easier, it’s more like the feeling of being hit upside the head repeatedly until you get numb to it.

  2. Mustafa October 11, 2008 at 11:34 pm #

    Sorry for disturbing you. I was just looking for a friend of mine from years ago and your name surname and age are the same as my friends. For that reason I am leaving this note. If you are the person that I have been looking for, you might also remember me. If so please just send an e-mail to my mail adress at mustafa.atakay@gmail.com

  3. Catherine the redhead blogger October 11, 2008 at 11:46 pm #

    Yes Mustafa, I am Catherine, your pen pal from 1968 and I have been looking for you on the Internet for 6 years now.  It looks like you found me first.  I still have all the letters in a small brown box in a drawer in my room.  My son Brian just sat down and read some of them with me.  He thinks you have nice handwriting (laugh).  I think the last letter I have is from 1984.  I’ll respond with a personal email.  My family all reads this blog – they will get a kick out of this post and will wonder if you are still in Turkey.
    All my best,

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