How a millennial describes her generation to a teacher

A Millennial student told a post-secondary professor an interesting comment the other day.

The topic was about the recent mid-term examinations. The exam was basically a multiple-choice test. For each question the prof assigned approximately 90 seconds to provide an answer.

The test was scheduled for one and a half hours. Continue reading “How a millennial describes her generation to a teacher”

Sunday parenting: rinks, laundry, food and homework

To read the first chapter of my memoir click here. Comments are welcome and encouraged, don’t be shy! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  3 minute read

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Sunday was basically a write-off.

While I stayed home to allow my girl to complete some homework, the boys left to play in the semi-final of their hockey tournament. Rather early, after a long day that delayed them right past 10pm the night before…(but they tied both games on Saturday, after winning two on Friday).

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Unschooling: then and now

When my mom was a Kindergarten-aged child in the late 1940s, she regularly skipped class.

No one kept attendance, it seems. Or if they did it wasn’t as rigid as it is today with automated phone calls and amber alerts all over media…

For added perspective: try to imagine a small city in Switzerland, near the metropolitan city of Zรผrich, during the late 1940s and early 1950s…kids in general were not really parented in the way that we do it today.

I think most of us know this. ๐Ÿ™‚

So anyway, here is my mom as a child, with long, brown braids, marching off to Kindergarten every morning while her mom tended to several younger girls at home.

Except, on some days, my mom didn’t go to Kindergarten at all. Just decided it was much more interesting to hang around anywhere else. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The ever fascinating internet: sifting through massive amounts of information

I have been thinking about the boys that were stuck in that cave in Thailand. According to the news the other morning, they are now all out. It reminded me of that Chilean mine rescue years ago, 2010, remember? They brought in a specially made capsule to rescue the trapped men one by one…I was up all night following along. Left a huge impression on me.

Same with these boys.

It’s heart wrenching to think about these things in concrete, tangible terms. A kid, any kid, and now all these adults, some of whom have kids, families, putting their own life on the line for a rescue mission. Working for a common cause, a desired result, coming together, sharing expertise. One rescuer died in the process of saving young lives…I think about him, and his family, too.

It’s enlightening to think about the combined efforts of so many people, often across international borders, that come together for the single purpose to save lives.

How easy has the internet made it for us to get real time, instant information? With a few clicks, you can be right there following along. Continue reading “The ever fascinating internet: sifting through massive amounts of information”