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My son is 15 and is going through that guy teen stuff that I have dreaded, since I already went through this with my other son. It’s not cool. Not at all. I swear it last from 14 until about 17. That is a rough time for young guys I have decided.
Thinking about grades, and in this son’s case grades AND sports…running track. He’s indecisive this year. But without pushing I do indeed keep hoping he will run again. So does the school. They need him on the Varsity team. That is a lot of pressure.
This son seems to be more explosive than my other son was though…unless I tend to block a lot of it out, since it wasn’t not a nice time to go through. I try to give him his space, but will not tolerate lack of respect, and that is what is happening. I’m seriously thinking about some family counseling. It couldn’t hurt and he has even agreed to it. But that could change in a heartbeat. We’ll see.
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When I arrived at my friend’s riding arena today I noticed that what had once been a soft dirt floor had been changed. She told me about a company called Rubber Mulch, and raved about it. She knew I had plans on turning our biggest empty barn into a place where the kids, grand kids and I could ride in the winter time and on rainy days. We are nearly finished gutting out the unwanted bins and stalls that we aren’t using, to make the arena. It has a dirt floor, but I was afraid if one of the horses shied or something made one of the kids or even myself fall or get thrown off, any number of injury’s could happen, landing on the packed dirt floor since it really was hard. I also worried about the horses legs due to the impact.
While examining the mulch my friend was using, I was surprised how shock resistant it was, not only beneath my feet, but also how her horses seemed to have a much better gait, even while taking jumps and turns. It wasn’t even dusty like the other floor she had had. Right then I decided to look into it more thoroughly.
While checking into the arena footing, I discovered that it was non toxic, never rotted or froze, and that is just to name a few of the great aspects. Plus, it also had a life time guarantee. It was said to improve performance, something all horse owners and riders are always looking for. It’s not just for riding arenas either. It can be used on play grounds…a great plus, and all kinds of other places and even used in landscaping. This stuff sounds great and from the way my friend’s arena seemed to have been transformed, it looks good too!
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The kids go back to school in a few weeks and even though sometimes I gripe that I don’t have lots of peace and quiet, I think it’s going to be rather strange not to have them around all day. Then again, it’ll also be kind of nice. My son has decided to go out for Varsity track again, which I think is great, and my daughter is going to play “Powder Puff football”. I’m not quite sure what that is, except she said there is no tackling in the game. This is good. I’m not real good with the thought of broken bones.
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The kid’s school schedules came in today. My daughter is pretty happy with most of her classes, but found that she apparently has to take a second year of Spanish, which to be honest she refuses to do. I must say, I don’t blame her. It should not be a prerequisite that my children should learn a language that they do not wish to learn, especially Spanish. I know 89% of the parents who’s children go to this school feel the same way ( if not more now that schedules are being given out) and I’m sure the school board will hear of their reactions. My kids are American. If they wish to learn another language that is fine, but it should not be forced upon them. My son HAD mind you HAD to take Spanish last year, and because he was one of the best track runners on the school team, passed by the skin of his teeth. He knew three words in Spanish…that was it. So, goes to show also that this school is totally into their sports.
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In a previous post I mentioned about my boys needing more space for the stuff they collect and also the clothes they have, some of which I am sure they have not worn in eons but refuse to get rid of. I had thought about getting them lockers for storage space and to free up a lot of space in the bedroom. They work really well, I might add but I am looking for more. I found that indeed they do save space and things seem to be getting a tad more organized in their bedroom.
My youngest son wants a small locker for his personal “treasures” he has collected over the years, some of which I am really surprised he still has. It’s ideal for his little things and it will of course have a lock on it, so his finds are all safe and secure. It means a lot to him and he is the one that brought up the fact that this idea would save space too. Personally, I wish they had either their own room or a much bigger one, but with a bigger room, that would only mean more stuff they would collect.
The athletic lockers are perfect for all of his sports equipment. He is into wrestling, track and also BMX bike riding, among other sports, so this is also a perfect idea. I’m not saying the room is totally clutter free yet, but it’s starting to look a great deal better!
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