School for Moms

Proposed curriculum for Mom School:school

*Teach how to take the seeds out of an apple without cutting your fingers

*How to be patient, most of the time.

*How to get a kid to do things she doesn’t want to do.

*How to ‘Kiss and Make it better’.

*How to answer questions like: Why is the sky blue?

* How to drink coffee and answer and phone at the same time, and why it’s okay to have two cookies, but not four cookies.

Found all kinds of oddities cleaning my desktop yesterday and among them were notes for writing projects that never went anywhere.

“School for Moms” is one of those. It’s an idea I’d been noodling for a long time. The ink on the yellow pad is kind of fuzzy with age. And even though the children’s story didn’t go anywhere—where is the story? and kids want stories about themselves, not adults —I still like kind of like it, envisioning illustrations in which the Mom and kid are learning things one the same page.

*How to eat apples without making a mess.

*How to get your Mom to do things she doesn’t want to do.

*How to ‘Kiss and Make it better.” (Girl kisses doll or younger sibling.)

*How to be patient most of the time.

*How to ask hard questions like: “Why is the sky blue?” And “Why is it sometimes okay to have two cookies, but it’s never okay to have four cookies, even if they’re small?”

Even though I’ve been a mother for a good long while I’m still working on being patient most of the time.

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