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Parenting Note #781 – Lies

parenting note #781

The oldest got caught in a huge lie. A massive, multi-level, months-long con job of insanely detrimental proportions.

He’ll recover. Hopefully, he learns his lesson.

As punishment, he lost privileges to basically anything that involves charging or electricity. No iPod, video games, Nintendo Switch, and television viewing is earned.

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He seems to be handling the punishment fine. I’m kinda loving it. Don’t get me wrong, I love when the kid asks me to do things with him but video games put my nerves on another level and they’re zero fun. He’s running around worlds and completing missions and I CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHY MY CHARACTER CAN’T JUMP OVER A FUCKING WALL JUST JUMP JESUS WHY IS THIS SO HARD!!!

Last weekend, while the youngest went with her mom to see a show, he and I went for a long bike ride, sang in the car (well, I sang, he shied away once a camera got involved), and then stopped for beef jerky. If he still had video game privileges he probably would have spent the afternoon playing a game and I foolishly would have allowed it to happen.

We had such a good time, I’m contemplating taking away his stuff for even longer.

PARENTING NOTES YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

  1. Parenting Note #780 – Lies
  2. Parenting Note #779 – Calendars
  3. Parenting Note #778 – Buddies
  4. Parenting Note #777 – Taking Risks
  5. Parenting Note #776 – Random Acts of Kindness

OTHER STUFF I DID ON INSTAGRAM

Maybe if the vaccine were gummies more people would consider it…

I have to go pick up those pants today. I hope she’s not mad I never called her back after our moment.

STUFF I’M INTO THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH PARENTING

WHAT I’M READING: “F*ck Your Feelings” by Ryan Munsey

When I first ordered the book I was under the impression the overall theme would be ways to keep emotions out of decision-making. That’s not the point of the book. It’s even better. It’s basically a guide to not waiting to “feel” like doing things. You’re never gonna “feel” like doing half the stuff in life you need to do, even if doing those things will significantly improve your life.

I’m about halfway through the book and I’m enjoying the book so far.

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: “The Mindset Mentor” with Rob Dial

I stumbled onto this podcast from an iTunes suggestion. I highly recommend listening. I’ve found it to be a distraction during my long runs. I especially recommend the recent episode about how to stop worrying so much.

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That’s all I’ve got this week.

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I do want to leave you with some advice. This Instagram post hit close to home this weekend and I wanted to share in case anyone else needs this reminder.

I love you all and I’m cheering you all on. Talk soon.

– Chris

Chris Illuminati is a freelance writer and published author. Follow him on Twitter (@chrisilluminati), Instagram (@messagewithabottle) or email him at cilluminati@gmail.com.

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