Inadvertant Tomato Staking

Dear Reader,

Way back when my oldest was little I read a bit on the parenting approach known as tomato staking (raisinggodlytomatoes.com). It had some appeal though I never implemented it in any coherent way. The gist of it as I understand it is that you keep your children close. And the more troublous (this is a word we use in our house though my spell checker will no doubt rebel) they are, the closer you keep them. As a homeschooler, there is something in this that naturally appeals to me. One of the big reasons we homeschool is to keep tabs on what is going on in our kids’ lives and to continue to be their primary influence. But I do not actually insist that they be in the same room as I all the time. In fact, I like kicking them outside for hours at a time. It doesn’t always work (and today it is barely expected to get above zero so I guess that is out).

The funny thing to me that made me think of tomato staking again is that my kids seem to do it on their own. Wherever I am, they seem to gravitate to there. Whatever room I am in, they seem to all be there too (thankfully this does not apply to the bathroom now that they are a little bigger and understand what goes on in there). Sometimes it is even more extreme. My five-year-old is very good at somehow inserting herself in my lap. I will be doing something and all of a sudden look down and find that there is a little person in my lap and I have no idea how she got there.

All in all it is a good thing and i suppose I shouldn’t complain about it. Though I often feel the need to just send them all away at least an arm’s length for a while to have some breathing room.

Nebby

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