Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774

Over the past few months, I have heard "my stomach hurts" from my 10-year-old more than I would care to and gone to great lengths to diagnose whatever mysterious thing seems to ail him so much. 

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No matter how much my kids complain about learning a musical instrument, this is one area where I am a tiger. I will not let them give up because I want them to know what it feels like to persist and master the notes. 

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There is nothing that makes me feel more like a failure as a parent than a child who repeatedly refuses to do what I ask. But despite never giving in to my youngest son's demands, the child persists in displaying his defiance with tantrums and fistfulls of lip.

 

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