Small Success Thursday: The Tree Doesn't Grow Far from the Apple


Small Success Thursday

True conversation with my son.

After receiving a text from my daughter, “He needs to study.” while I was picking up my seventh grader from an after-school activity, I phoned home. I knew who “He” was. He picked up the phone. The sounds of a computer game, “Wizardry 8” played in the background.

“Hullo.” he said.

“Don’t you have a test tomorrow?”

“Tomorrow’s Friday.” he explained. Clearly his fighters had found a fire elemental and were in the heat of battle, sending a barrage of arrows, I could hear the music of heated battle.

“Tomorrow’s Thursday.” I said, while mentally reminding myself over and over that the frontal lobes of the brain do not fully mature until some point after they leave home.

“Oh yeah.” he said, the reality dawning as his party’s warriors administered the killing shot.

“So you do have an exam?” I asked.

“Yeah. Science.”

“Then I suggest you turn off the computer and study.”

“Okay Mom.”

He hung up. I shook my head….how could he?

I got home. I began making dinner, thinking about what I needed to do for the next day and it dawned on me…today is Wednesday…and I hadn’t yet posted Small Success Thursday for review. Why? Because I thought it was Tuesday. And immediately I knew how could he; he’s my son. That’s how.

I’ll wait until after exams to tell my son this little bit of parental comeuppance.

Much of parenting is trying to teach your children not to make the errors you did, and apparently are still making. I did buy a calendar for precisely the reason illustrated above. Time management is not one of my gifts. Time awareness, even less so. I dutifully filled it with the appointment I knew, but still have to teach myself to check it every day first thing.

I’m trying to get into these new habits with the new year, but it isn’t easy. I think I’ll have him look at his planner at the same time, and maybe together we can both mature our brains a bit on how to manage the clock of any given day. It would be a huge success for both of us.

This week I:

1) Joined a gym and went to it four times. I’ve been reintroduced to muscles that remained inert for over six years. They’re speaking to me, but they aren’t happy.

2) I bought a planner. No word yet on when I’ll master using it.

3) Spent time in adoration, trying to do that once a week.

4) Found a cool book, My Daily Catholic Bible, which is allowing me to read the entire bible in a year, and I’m really enjoying it.

5) Helped send off my oldest two back to college. I’ll miss them both.

Now it’s your turn. I’m going to go check my calendar and on Monday of next week, write Small Success Thursday. 🙂

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Sherry Antonetti is a mother of ten children, published author of The Book of Helen and a freelance writer of humor and family life columns. You can read additional pieces from her blog,


  1. LOL! “while mentally reminding myself over and over that the frontal lobes of the brain do not fully mature until some point after they leave home.” Such is a Mom’s plight. We ended up with the XBox removed from my teen’s control until he shows he can handle doing well with 4 advances classes that he so desperately wanted to be in.

  2. Oh boy! My kids are going to be major procrastinators just like their mom, I can see it now. Funny, my word for 2015 is “industrious.” I’m only mildly succeeding at that. It’s a major battle between procrastination and industrious. 🙂

  3. WTG on getting to the gym! I have to start doing that again.
    As to the online gaming, we have been known to turn off the internet access for the computer our son uses when it looks like gaming is getting in the way of studying. (Mwahahahaha)

  4. Sherry,
    Great post.
    Um I bought a treadmill and my dad bought us a weight set.
    It’s in our front room since we gave away our sitting room furniture.
    Ask if we use it often enough?!
    Maybe you inspired me lady.

  5. I have finished writing The Pius Trilogy, at long last. It has been giving positive reviews by Ellen Gable, Karina Fabian, the third book was beta-read by Ann Lewis ….

    Generally, people like it.

    A Pius Man
    A Pius Legacy
    A Pius Stand

    For the record, The Pius Trilogy is a story that begins with a simple conspiracy to destroy the Catholic Church over Pope Pius XII, and ends with a knock-down, drag out battle for Vatican City from the forces of the United Nations …. no, there are no black helicopters. The sad part is, all of it is technically legal, and possible …

    Okay, the REALLY sad part is how much of this book has already happened since I started writing it.

    Along the way, it go into a LOT of history, the modern world vs. the Church, and even something a lot of “good liberals” want — put the Catholic church on trial for crimes against humanity (yes, it’s been suggested), and the Pope wins. 🙂

    Anyway, that’s the short version … which is already too long.

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