Professor Mom

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



slouchy's picture slouchy


mine are that different as well. i'm amazed by the differences, really, considering their shared environment. genetics matter, i've decided.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

When I was pregnant with T. I just had this assumption that she would be very similar to L. My siblings and I are very alike, although in degrees. But I think we are essentially very similar. I love having two very different kids, but it is baffling and amazing at the same time.

beck's picture beck

My three kids are each kind of fundamentally similar and yet each of them feels so different to me - my bookish, solemn girl, my emotional, talkative boy, my grouchy grouchy baby. I'm looking forward to having a year with The Baby this fall - our last at home year.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I know that when my kids are together, some of their characteristics rise to the top, and the other ones are shadowed (sometimes the better ones, these days!). When I get them alone, these dormant good parts get a chance to come out!

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

How is L doing with school? Is it going well so far?
I love reading about parenting school-agers, since I will be doing so in a few weeks!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

So far the bubble hasn't burst yet and he's liking third grade! AND they set-up a new allergy-free lunch table in the cafeteria, where he has chosen to sit now because, in his words, he's "allergic to food"--!

Mary-LUE's picture Mary-LUE

I just had someone tell me that third grade is a great year for kids. I hope that's true since Marley will be starting third grade in a few weeks.

My two are very different also. Although, I do spend a lot of time telling the sixteen year old that the things he complains about his sister doing are things he also did at the same age. They mostly have to do with typical kid behavior though, not personality stuff.

Although I didn't really expect Marley to be like Colin, I did have a somewhat negative expectation about her behavior knowing she was going to be a girl. I dreaded some of that stereotypical girl stuff. As much as she does have some of that (wants all pink, etc.), it is the atypical behavior that is graying my hair!

I hope all of L's year goes well and that you enjoy this extra time with T.

Ta Ta!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I think there's definitely something in the boy/girl brother/sister thing. I expected T. to be different as a girl, but I think I didn't expect such huge differences in their approaches to life, etc.