Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day 2017

To all the Moms, mother figures, soon to be moms and wanna be moms out there, I hope you enjoy your special day.  I hope your loved ones create something wonderful for you.  A special thank you to my wonderful wife and mother of my children.  I couldn't do this parenting thing without her.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Early Retirement....savings

Caz surprised me today.  Pleasantly surprised I might say.  I thought Caz has inadvertently deposited a check into to his Roth IRA.  It is too easy to make that mistake while using the phone app deposit feature.  I waited until this evening to approach him about it.  When I asked, he told me he had done it on purpose.  I guess he was listening about saving early.  Not too shabby.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Home Alone Duxbury

This is just a month full of adult milestones for Caz.  He was allowed to stay home by himself for the first time.  He really needed to stay.  He has to work and he had track practice.  He can drive.  He had food.  He can cook.  Well...sort of.  He wasn't going to starve.  And he kept the house relatively clean.  Sure, he had the boys over to play poker one night.  We told him he could.  The beer and liquor were not touched.  He has good friends.  He makes relatively good decisions.  Our trust was rewarded.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

High Finance

I helped Caz open a new bank account today.  Actually, he opened a new Fidelity cash account.  The banks we tend to use are in short supply in the South.  I think the closest branch to his current bank account to Auburn is 90 miles away.  Plus.....I don't really like our current bank.  With his new account, he can deposit checks with his phone.  He can use his ATM fee anywhere too.  All his ATM fees are reimbursed.  It's a win-win.  The only drawback is that he had to open a brokerage account too.  I told him not to trade anything.  But this is a big milestone.  His first bank account.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Live and Legal

Well.  My oldest turns 18 today.  Happy Birthday Caz!  Welcome to legal adulthood.  It's hard to believe this time has come.  What really changes?  I hate to be a negative Nellie but it seems to me that this milestone just means the stakes are higher for making mistakes.  Decision making becomes more important that ever.  Caz knows this now.  We had a talk.  We always talk.  I think that is key.  Like most things, parenting involves a lot of communication.  It does if you want to be successful at it.
     And will I kid all the time, I did not wrap empty boxes for is birthday for him to pack up.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Driving with the King

Coco and I went for a drive.  Some more practice for the new wanna be driver.  He did well.  Sure there were a few wide turns.  There is the rookie hurky jerky revving of the gas pedal.  There was the hesitation, letting cars go in front.  But he drove safely.  He kept to the speed limit.  We drove over by the school for the first time.  It was a nice Saturday afternoon drive.  I think Coco is headed in the right direction.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Trial and Error?

I am still not sure if this ended in an error.  We took Caz off his medication for a week, to see how he would fare.  He will be going off to college soon.  That is a natural time for kids with ADHD to stop medicating.  We figured now would be the time to know.
     Caz didn't do himself any favors.  He was extra crabby.  There was less time for him to be cranky, since he was sleeping or eating.  Either way his mouth was occupied.  In hind sight, this was not an ideal week for this test.  Demi had her own situation going on.  She was way more susceptible to being egged on by Caz.  It was a recipe for disaster.
     It was hard to tell if Caz was just being an annoying teen or extra bitchy because he was off medication.  We couldn't even ask him about school or studying.  It was a rough week.  It this one is an anomaly and we have to test again.