I have came upon some writer's block lately. This has been difficult for me, because I have never struggled to come up with a topic or an article idea. But this week's article has been a challenge. It could be that I am preoccupied with enjoying my two little kids. My wife and I recently had our second child. This has left less time for the blog, but more time with the family.
As I write this sentence (on July 3rd), I am sitting in a hospital room. My new daughter is sleeping as my wife recovers from delivering a baby. It has been exciting, but also a draining first day in the hospital. We left at 4:30 am on the second. Our second child was born approximately 3 hours later. Nothing I just wrote about has anything to do with June, but I just had to mention it, because we are extremely excited to welcome our second child to the family. Now onto our June update. In June we didn't do much of anything. I worked summer school (17 extra days of work) and we prepared for the arrival of baby #2.
As a parent of a 19-month old, I work with teaching my daughter each day to control her emotions. Everyone, as a child, experienced a struggle to control their emotions. My daughter, for example, has thrown herself on the floor to cry, because she is mad that we won't let her do something. This is part of growing up, kids want to do something and as a parent you can't let them do it for safety reasons. Now, the struggle comes with trying to teach our daughter how to control those emotions.
Two weeks ago as I was working on some articles for the website, I stumbled on an interesting article about social security. The article was titled, "Millennials and Retirement: How Bad is It?" by Alicia H. Munnell on Politico's website. The article dug into the numbers of savings for retirement. The data that they shared was from a study conducted by the U.S Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, titled, "Survey of Consumer Finances, 1983-2016." In the article, they shared the following graph.
I found the woman that balances me. We talk about this all the time. Specifically, we have seen it with our parenting. I tend to be more of a 'let them try and if they fail, they will learn' kind of father. My wife, on the other hand, is much more protective and finds it hard to let our daughter explore at times.
Can you believe that summer is upon us? I honestly can't believe that we are diving into summer and less than a month away from the birth of our second child! We are extremely excited for the summer to arrive. This means that baseball is over for me and I have more time to work on my website. So, what did May look like for our family? We celebrated my wife's birthday, mother's day and even celebrated our anniversary (a little early). Our best time to get away seemed to be in May, because June just seemed a little close to the due date.
This is the second of a two part series of articles talking about fun and cheap ways to spend time with your kids without breaking the budget. The two articles combined will total 41 ideas. This article in particular will have 21 out of the 41 ideas. My first article, which posted on Monday, June 4, 2018, had 20 of the 41 ideas. Hope you enjoy this list and let me know if you think of any others. Check out the last 21 out of 41 ideas that we came up with (in no particular order):
Summer is here and that means that our kids are home. No more school, more free time and more time to drive you crazy! This summer for us is particularly interesting for the Summit of Coin family. We will be having our second child in the middle of the summer (I know exciting, right). By the time our second child arrives, our oldest will be 19 months old. She's in the perfect jealousy age and the perfect age to challenge mom and dad.
For me, respect is a tough topic to write about and define. I believe this stems from being an educator. As educators, we always talk about the importance of teaching our students respect. In professional developments, this is met with a question, "What does respect look like? What does respect really mean?" The leader of this type of professional development is trying to make us see that not everybody knows the meaning of respect. Therefore, there is a broad understanding in the educational field that respect needs to be taught and modeled to our students.