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Hong Kong Med J. Selected Bibliography 1. New York Appleton Field R. Kail AC. The Medical Mind of Shakespeare. Balgowlah NSW. William and Wilkins. Simpson RR. Shakespeare and Medicine. How to Cite. Random Thoughts on William Shakespeare and Medicine. ISSN X. I can relate to questioning the parenting decisions made — and yes sometimes it keeps me up at night. Also — I thought of you when I read this. Your family is so passionate and brave. I love it. Will Maude consider City Year? One of my best friends did it and loved it! You of all people should be resting on your laurels, but I am really grateful you shared the doubt and anxiety, too.

I often told myself when I was there that I was a bad mother for taking them away from all their friends, making them learn a new language, interrupting their school careers, only to turn around and give them a whole new set of problems re-integrating into the old life after living in London, every other place can seem BORING! After five years had passed, I allowed myself to take that particular worry off the table.

Just reading the description what each child is doing at this moment is enough for you to sleep like a baby. Thanks for touching on your kids and youth sports. I would love for you to talk more in depth about it and the ways it impacts youth in the American culture. Our son is 14 years old, and I tried to resist this trend for as long as possible, but we find ourselves with 9 months of basketball and a summer scheduled around out of state basketball tournaments. Every morning this summer, he has two hours of practice for another sport. This is way less than other kids we know- especially gymnastics kids, who travel across the country.

You definitely made the right decision to take the kids out of gymnastics.


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To me it just sounds like big business. They are sad that the time that could have been better spent building family vacation memories was spent traveling to tournaments and winning awards that are only recognized by those participating and forgotten once they leave for college.

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And that the money spent on 15 years of training was better spent saving for college. My kids attend a school where high level division 1 scholarships are offered very frequently. Other children were admitted to higher ranked universities for their academic achievements, but not to play their high school sport. Firstly, at some point, college level scholarships becomes more about genetic gifts and less about how hard they train or how badly they want it. And that window is very small, somewhere between sophomore and end of junior year. That you can clearly see the talent that rises to the top, like cream, with or without the special training.

One of my friends is wishing her daughter will quit Division 1 volleyball at a huge institution. She sadly reported that her child has no time for anything else. Yes she absolutely loves her teammates and the comradery, but her schedule consists of: Rise at 6am for physical training.

Go to class. Team practice or a match travel. This is every day and her body hurts all the time this part is especially killing mom. She has no time for clubs or to join a sorority which was something she wanted to do because her coach said that Volleyball has to be her number one priority. And of course right? Because if a team continually loses, the coach loses his job. Oh how interesting.

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We have seen so many people dump money into sports. We chose inexpensive rec. We know we do not have the genetic predisposition. I ran in high school and I worked so hard, but was slow. My friend started after me and lapped me immediately and now is the coach. We know of one girl who finally made it to do gymnastics in college. Her life dream! Well, she got injured. Her mother was complaining about her lack of motivation to do anything. I so relate to this!! We barely keep up with one kid who does Irish dance and a few red sports throughout the year. As always, I am so grateful that you normalize anxiety about parenting even as you celebrate the incredible people your children are turning into.

In my opinion, the hard truth is that our educational system is, if not entirely broken, then significantly sprained.

And then the social experiences involved in growing up while navigating cultures, learning languages, and forming a personal identity—oh, my heart! Every one of us, no matter how confident in our parenting skills, would wish to spare our children the pain of growing up. Thank you, Gabby, for helping the rest of us to talk about these very normal, but difficult, issues. Oh, and the tree bridge reminds me: how did you address concerns about damaging the trees themselves?

When we inherited a treehouse upon moving onto our current property, we tried to hire an expert to ameliorate the rotting base and were told that the entire thing would have to be torn down and rebuilt without attaching it directly to the tree—to the tune of many thousands of dollars. No, thanks! A raccoon latrine it remains, alas. Dental work is a common topic. So is sun exposure. Another mom here who is constantly questioning not just her parenting decisions, but basically all life decisions in the middle of the night!

For a long time I would wake up at 3 am and never fall back asleep which made me an even more ill-equipped parent! I visited the Caen Memorial back when it had just opened and it was overwhelming! My husband would camp there if he could! Thank you for these cool random thoughts!

Oscar will be in high school??? Oh my! As far as questioning parenting decisions … I still have those moments when I wonder about choices that were made years and years ago my children are 26 and 23! I actually almost started freaking out when I read that Oscar is going to high school— proof that time really is accelerating and the time I have with my kids as kids is zooming by!

But how awesome too! I LOVE how adventurous your kids are! Surely no need to worry about the decisions that you have made for them — they sound like such intrepid, confident children to be proud of! I had no idea the anxiety that would come with motherhood and all the decisions we have to make that involve the kids lives!! More choices now? More pressure for the kids to be doing everything!!

I was an English major and then did Teach for America. If Maude ever wants to chat, my email is Rachel. Cole gmail. I believe I read before that you require your sons to complete Eagle Scout. Am I remembering that correctly? I saw that your talked about Girl Scout Camp. Hi Katie. But it turns out both of our sons really like scouting, so wanting to get an Eagle was a natural path. The girls camp I mentioned is through our church — one week each summer for ages Interestingly, the Personal Progress program you mentioned is ending this year.

Olive has finished the program, and Betty is trying to finish it this year before it ends. And not really at all safe with my dad, emotionally. Anyway, you guys are clearly doing something incredibly right with your kids this post alone makes that very clear!! We live in the Bay Area and I wanted to say that we have found sailing to be very rewarding for my kids.

The independence of being on a little! There are some very thoughtful criticisms of TFA that are worth investigating and that I think you will find compelling. There are also alternatives in which Maude could participate. How do you define a "big" family? And did you ever consider having one? DNA tests are revealing unknown siblings, long hidden affairs, and all sorts of family secrets. A letter from a teenage reader who is heading to college, but hasn't been taught about sex yet.

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