- Teenagers, adolescents and the hormonal/emotional roller coaster that they are on
- Bureaucracies that eat up records requiring me to check that everything has made it to everyone who is supposed to have this information
- Important enrichment activities outside of the school day that require modifying my work schedule, split second timing to avoid being late and too much time in my car
- High stakes tests/classes that will have big impacts on my kids futures that I have to just sit back and watch
- The alternation of "things are going very well" with "there are big problems here" with little or no warning of the change coming up
- Staying up late to watch election results
- The seemingly endless list of things that I, as an involved parent, should contribute time/money/energy to that I actually do care about and can't blow off, even if it kills me
- Waking up before the alarm goes off because I'm thinking about all this
- Almost forgot my favorite...washing machines that forget they're supposed to turn off if unbalanced, walk across the hall, smash into a wall and then fry their little brains, thereby forcing me to sit in a laundromat because the repair-person can't come for 4 days and then has to order a part that will take 3 more days which the stinking diagnostic code said he'd need to get, but he couldn't decide to do that until he had actually come out to see the machine...lovely.
That being said, I am beat. I know wishing away your life is a bad idea, but the Thanksgiving break can't come soon enough.
That sounded a lot like whining. Something positive? The special one is making eye contact, socializing more and disrupting the class less. That makes me smile even if I am half asleep :-)