Life On The B Side

Taking all that life throws at us one moment at a time

Fun With Words February 3, 2017


Jays home work was to study and learn the difference between a bunch of homonyms/homophones.  Words such as: pear and pair, two and too, break and brake.


He actually did a grate job with them.  I mean great job 🙂 .  I am so glad because one of my biggest pet peeves is seeing people use the wrong your or their.  I seriously cannot get passed the error to sea what ewe are actually trying to convey.  Any meme with incorrect grammar or misspelled words sends chills up my spine and I wood never share it no matter how much I may relate to what its saying.  I seriously have to stop myself from correcting peoples misuse of affect and effect.  I mean, hello, it completely changes the meaning of the sentence if you say you are hosting a meat and greet vs a meet and greet.  If you say meat and greet, trust me, I’m coming there with fork or stake in hand ready for a steak.


Anyway, back to Jay and his words that he was studying.

When we got to no and know, he explained it by saying:

Like, I ask if I can have a piece of candy and you say no.  I already know the answer.”  


When Shaunie asked him to explain the difference between than and then he said he didn’t know how to explain than.  I decided to help him out so I said:

Jay would rather have pizza than chick fil a.”

He started laughing and said:

No that’s not right.  You mean I would rather have pizza THEN chick fila a.”


I think he’s gonna do just fine on his test.


We’re Full Of It July 27, 2016

The other day I was talking to a long time friend.  As usually happens the conversation bounced around quickly from politics to jobs to physical fights (I’ve never been in one) to relationships and finally landed on kids; And more specifically helping them with homework.


This friend has no kids so he was just in the conversation for entertainment purposes; Not to commiserate.


I confessed that sometimes when I’m helping the kids with their homework, I don’t actually know what I’m doing.  I mean, it’s been a LONG time since I had to manually add fractions.  Find the common denominator, change the original numerators, add them together and then simplify.

I told him that the worst part isn’t that I have to re-teach myself before I can help with the homework … The worst part is that the kids expect me to know the answers to everything so when I balk, they give me a look which is a combination of shock and disappointment and then it turns into amusement.  Ace will tease me about being as old as I am and for not remembering what I’ve learned.  “Mom, how long ago were you in the 4th grade?  Was it like 100 years ago or something?”


I went on to say that as much as I’d like to say that I take it in stride, the truth is that I usually say something like … “Don’t give me that look.  I had to remind you to brush your teeth this morning and you put your shirt on backwards, so, there.”

Real high level parenting happening around these parts.


He was dying laughing at my pettiness.

The truth is”, I continued, “basically all parents are faking it.  None of us know what we’re doing.  We’re just trying our best to do as little harm as possible; But you don’t realize that about your own parents until you are one yourself.”

We had a good laugh.


Later, I was relaying that conversation with yet another friend.  This one does have children.  He agreed with me wholeheartedly and added his own flavour.

Apparently when he’s helping his child with homework, and then he gets stumped, he will suddenly “need to use the bathroom”.  Then he will privately use Google or YouTube to help him figure out the question.


That’s brilliant!” I said.  “I’m gonna start doing that.”

Yeah, it’s great except my son thinks I have chronic diarrhea.”

Diarrhea or realizing you’re not as smart as they thought?  I’ll take diarrhea.”





He Read, He Chose, He Coloured January 28, 2013

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This weekend was pretty quiet.  Every so often I would think about my lil old blog and wonder if there was anything I could scrape together to make a post.  There was the time Jay stopped playing and randomly came over and gave me a kiss on the lips and then went back to his game.  He did that three times in a row.  There was the time that Ace decided he wanted to lay down on the living room floor with a blanket and a pillow and then Jay come running in with a blanket and a pillow and made himself a bed on the floor too – just like his big brother.  I did take the 2 kids to the park by myself.  It was cold, snow was still on the ground and not surprisingly, we were the only ones there.  We played tag and we swung on the swings and we they rolled down a hill.  Jay is now – most of the time without prompting – saying “thanks [insert name]” after someone gives him something or helps him in some way.   I’m sure there’s a beautiful post in there somewhere but I’m not a skilled enough writer to make it so.


Then, at about 6 pm last night, CC sat down with Jay to do his homework. 

That’s when it happened.  My something new.  My thing that I had never seen before and that I can write about. 

Jay’s homework was to colour pictures of hats based on their label.  CC set himself up to help Jay when, voila!, Jay did them all by himself.  He READ the words below the pictures.  He CHOSE the correct crayon and he COLOURED the hats correctly. 

Every. Single. One. 

By himself. 


Jay is going to get his big “going to kindergarten” evaluation in a couple weeks.  He hasn’t had one this comprehensive in 3 years.  Three years ago, he couldn’t do ANY of the academic things they put in front of him.  Not ANY.  Three years ago, the evaluation was hard – for me.  I know Jay is not where other 5 year olds are, but that’s ok with me.  I have stopped measuring him by that stick.  Now I am just so very happy that he is loving and imitating and playing and communicating and learning and reading and choosing and colouring.