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melyssa williams

Isn't it wonderful when your children beg to write a story? Read their library book before they are due? Master Spanish with nary a tear? But what DO we mommies do when they "buck our system?!" Well, you muster up enough energy and enthusium for the both of you! I'm terrified of spiders but I can fake my way through that arachnid chapter in science with the best of them. And when one skitters across my kitchen floor, I stop to admire it with the rugrats and then pretend to safely escort it outside even if I'm actually going to murder it six different ways from Sunday as soon as they aren't looking. I personally find science projects and anything related to crafts about as much fun as plucking my eyebrows, but I engage my best acting skills and learn to have fun with my little mad scientists and crafters. When my daughter balks at a task at a subject she simply detests, I have to find a way to be sympathetic yet firm, high energy yet simplistic, upbeat yet not fake. It takes reserves of patience I know are there, deep down inside if I keep my cool, keep my voice down, keep smiling, and pour another cup of French Roast. We'll get through those pesky fractions and I'll learn to appreciate spiders. Someday...
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