Growing up I lived in the cool house. Make no mistake, my mom never let us do anything crazy. She had no desire to be our friend. She was a vigilant parent. There were no wild parties on her watch. What we did have were less restrictions. She was pretty tolerant of kids’ stuff and laid back as far as day to day parenting went. As very young kids, we had the sugar cereals and cookies we could help ourselves to after school. We could watch television or have water gun fights (outside of course) all we wanted. My mom raised six kids (and countless neighbor kids) and her motto was always, you knew your kids weren’t in trouble if they were in your house. So she kept us close and by default she had a house full of our friends most of the time.
I wanted so badly to be that mom-the one who has a house full of kids (preferably not all my own). I wanted to have the house where everyone gathers after school. I hoped to run the house on the bike route that became the unofficial drink stop.When I decided to work from home to be around my kids more-that is what I envisioned. Now, I think my dream might prove illusive because of one little hiccup. Hiccup thy name is Video Game.
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