Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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beck's picture beck

One of the big comforts of blogging has been to discover that their are other mothers like me out there - and one big comfort I've had myself is that childhood doesn't end all at once. My girl is still very excited to do all of the fun childhood things, even if some of the magic of it is vanishing - but it hasn't stung as much as I'd feared.


mouse's picture mouse

Scooter has made up a host of superheroes and has gotten his classmates to play along. I try to tread softly so that I don't burst this sudden bubble of imagination.

He also talks about building a rocketship, though we haven't moved onto the specific plans yet.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I think I'm always so amazed when my practical-minded L. reveals his beliefs in magical and imaginary things--there aren't many moments like that, but they are always amazing to me.

It's funny because he HATES pretend-play and gets so angry when people dress-up and play parts, yet he has this deep and abiding belief in the possibilities of truly extraordinary things.


eeboo's picture eeboo

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Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks so much, beck--that's good to know. I think I worry more than most moms (?) because sometimes I feel weighed down by the thought that L. might be missing some of the magic of childhood because he is so wired to think in logical, scientific, practical terms. Of course this isn't bad at all, but I rejoice so much when I see him accept the magic and imaginative parts of life. (Of course science has its magical aspects, too).


Sweet Pea Chef's picture Sweet Pea Chef

What a fun tradition! I love things like this, and I love that it is your family's own special version of leaving out cookies for Santa.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

It's a sweet tradition--and a silly one, too! I thought about posting bunny pics, but opted for the one of my boy by the sea, instead.