Dr Jekyl and Dr Hyde Parenting!

So last week on facebook I was noting how sweet and innocent my 7 year old was. I shared about how her face light up when she found fairy dust sprinked on her pillow after the tooth fairy had visited. Oh the magic!  Pure innocence sweetness, a moment.  As all you parents out there know it is those moments, those rare moments that keep us going.  I wondering about how to preserve that innocence!
And then today on Thanksgiving a major parenting Faux Pas. As we left home on our way to friends, on a whim I grabbed my old copy of Alices Restaurant CD, the classic Thanksgiving ramble by Arlo Guthrie. Now in my earlier days I was quite the Arlo fan! In fact I discovered my all time favorite singer songwriter opening for Arlo Guthrie on a memorable december evening at the Iron Horse surrounded by good friends who I had had to bribe to join me at an Arlo concert! That night led to many a fun night over over 17 years year at the Iron Horse, Godfrey Daniels, Tin Angel, Falcon Ridge, many a college and even some place in Madison Wisconsin (another memorable night with dear friend from New Zealand and Pat)
Anyway back to my parenting Faux Pas! As we get into the truck I tell Zoe that I had a classic thankgiving story/song for her to hear. As I have said so many times Zoe LOVES books on tape…the OZ series, The Box Car Children. Immediately she lights up at the opporunity of a good story. She grabs her knitting as those opening bars begin….”you can get anything you want at Alices Restaurant’ So far so good. On the ramble goes…soon it dawns ib me she is lost…”the 20 8 by 10 color photos, just another case of american blind jusitice” OK its over her head. Then suddenly it hits me  “i want to kill, blood gore and guts veins in my teeth, eat dead bodies,  KILL KILL KILL”
“mama he’s not nice, why is he saying that” I pause and explain as best as one does to a 7 year old….. I turn it back on trying to think ahead, quietly debating whether we should continue….”i was sitting there on the group w bench surrounded by mother rapers, father killers, FATHER RAPERS!” Mama can you pause it………oh no…then it dawned on me! what did I do….how far this is from the innocence of fairy dust image. I could see her brain working overtime to understand “mama i do not understand the story of Alices Restaurant! Why is it a thanksgiving story? Well Zoe it all happened on Thankgiving Day over 40 years ago.  I was never so happy to hear the Motorcycle song!

What parenting faux pas have other parents made? I’d love to hear all your stories


Zoe’s book reccomendations for other 7 year old girls

Here is the list of books that Zoe reccommends for other 7 year old girls:

The 7 Year Old Wonder Book by Isabelle Wyatt

True magic for a child turning seven!

All 14 Oz Books written by L Frank Baum

– The Wonderful Wizard of OZ

– The Marvelous land of Oz

– Ozma of OZ (Her favorite in the series)

Dorothy and the Wizard of OZ

– The Road to Oz (my least favorite book in the series, in fact the only one i did not care for)

– The Emerald City of Oz

– The Patchwork Girl of Oz

– Tik-Tok of Oz

– The Scarecrow of OZ

– Rinkitink in Oz

– The lost princess of OZ

– The Tin Woodman of OZ

– The Magic of Oz

– Glinda of oz

Osma of Oz and Dorothy were her two favorite characters!

The Doll People by Ann M Martin

” I liked that the dolls were bold and went on adventures. I also like the friendship between Anabelle Doll and Tifanny Funcraft. They had a lot of fun together! It is also a little scary to see if Aunty Sarah would be in permanent doll state. I like books about old dolls and doll houses”

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Books 1-4)

” I liked reading about how the Boxcar children set up their own home in an old boxcar in the woods. I liked how they looked after each other and their dog. They also went on many adventures. I hope there is always another Box Car Children Mystery to read!”

Nancy Drew (starter set) by Carolyn Keene

“Nancy Drew is the best, She has taught me all about sleuthing! but do not watch the original TV Series Nancy Drew!” Zoe’s words not mine. I found it quite entertaining in a 1950’s kind of way, black and white fun!

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

This was a great story about 3 girls (Pauline, Petrova and Posie) that are sisters by chance who chose their own last name “Fossil”. They live in London a long time ago with their nanna and guardian. It is a fun book for anyone who likes to perform or likes Ballet.

We never read other books in this series Theater Shoes or Skating Shoes. If you have we would love some feedback…on how they compare to the original which we loved. We also enjoyed the original Ballet Shoes movie the one made in 2000 not 2008.

Any book by Roald Dahl especially liked Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Fantastic Mr Foxand Danny the Champion of the World


We would love to hear what books other 7 year olds reccommend.

Dreams Do Come True

As some of you know I love vintage campers! I am often seen sorting a fav camper t-shirt  and a wall of photos and art work featuring vintage camper scenes. For a long time I have been waiting for the opportunity to photograph the girls in front of the Smarty Pants Camper. When driving over today the sun was bright a perfect November day. I asked the girls to dress up in wacky colorful clothes and come out for a photo! Usually the girls spend the day playing dress up…but today there was little interest in my idea. Eventually we got them outside, but alas my camera had a big grease mark on the lense so through we had a laugh the results were not what I had hoped!

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We have been reading the Box Car Children and I wonder if these girls could be as resourceful living here in the camper! I think I will follow this post with a favorite book  post as I have not done one in a while and we have been lost in literature books lately!