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Clay’s Corner Episode #12: Back to School

How are you feeling heading into this school year? Excited? Nervous? Happy? Hopeful?

The return to school means something different for everyone, whether you’re a student, a teacher, or a parent (or some combo of all 3). This is a big year for our family, as Gail will be teaching Kayla in grade 4 and Jake is starting high school with his big brother Sean there to show him the ropes.

40 Things I Love About my Lovely Wife

My lovely wife Gail turns 40 years old today. To honour her, here are 40 things that I love about her.

  1. She’s lovely. Hence the title of this blog post.
  2. She’s humble. You don’t see her planning her own birthday party and then inviting people to talk about her at it and calling it a #Roadto40 Roast. Who on earth does that?
  3. She’s a wonderful wife. I don’t think anyone else would marry me. My friend Mike Patin likes to remind me that I married up. I can’t disagree.
  4. She’s an awesome mother. She is a natural mother thanks to many of the qualities on this list. Our kids are extremely lucky. As am I.
  5. She’s a great teacher. She has spent 15 years honing her craft and it shows.cg3 Continue reading 40 Things I Love About my Lovely Wife

When Mommy is Your Teacher

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Gail and Kayla on the first day of school last week

This past week, Kayla started grade two at St. Paul Elementary School with Gail as her teacher.  As St. Paul is a single-streamed school (ie. one class per grade), Gail – with her principal’s blessing – taught Sean 6 years ago, Jake 4 years ago, and now Kayla.

I’ve always contended that having your parent as your teacher can be a lot tougher than one might think.  I can’t speak for Gail, but I know that if I taught one of my own kids, I would almost “over compensate” and be tougher on him/her than on other kids for fear of anyone claiming I was biased or favouring my own child.

I saw it in small ways when I helped to coach the boys’ volleyball teams last year.  I was extremely careful about not giving Sean or Jake too much playing time, and I may have actually short-changed them on equal playing time on a couple of occasions.

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