Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Who are you and what did you do with my kid?

After picking the kids up from school, we went to the library to return some of our books. The kids checked out just as many as they returned, but can I really complain? They are reading a lot, and that is only going to help them. It's been a struggle to get my oldest to read, it's nice that my younger two have found the joy in it without me having to cram it down their throats.

My oldest has finally found something she is passionate about reading, and so she checks out plenty of books now too. Not the normal reading you would expect for an 11 year old though. She's facinated by medicine and I think she is trying to teach herself to be a doctor. She keeps checking out these huge medical books and watching every medical show on tv. Now if she would just get her homework done every night, she might have a shot at getting a scholarship to medical school someday.

It's funny how they change as they get older. She used to be the super responsible overachiever, I never had to worry about her getting her homework done, but this year, since she started the 7th grade, she's become the biggest slacker. I guess my next topic of study will be how to deal with this alien life form that has taken over my child's body as she approaches her teen years.

One of my friends said to me the other day, how nice it must be having kids that are all out of diapers (she has two children under two years old), and while I understand the comment, I wonder if I might rather trade diapers for teenage angst.