Coffee Date {#61}

Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

I always love a good coffee date, so I’m back again this week, and hopefully every week (or at least most weeks).

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that J’s swim season ended last week, and it has been really nice not having to get everyone up in time to take him to swim practice three days a week.  He enjoyed it and we all learned a lot about the sport, which was great.  But it’s nice to have a break.  In swim-related news, J had his last meet last weekend and did great.  He doesn’t quite have the “race” concept down (he takes his sweet time), but he’s probably one of the only kids on his pre-competitive team who wouldn’t be disqualified for doing the stroke incorrectly, so that’s something at least.

Creative Counselor: Coffee Date

My view for much of last weekend.

N was taking random pictures at his last meet and took this one of me.  This photo makes me look way cooler than I actually am!

Creative Counselor: Coffee Date

I’m a rock star. Didn’t you know that?

We spent lots of time at the pool last weekend. Albert and I got away for a date night on Saturday.  We went to the gym to work out, then relaxed at the pool sans kids for a while before meeting friends for burgers and beer for dinner.  That may sound anticlimactic to some, but it was exactly our speed on a gloriously hot summer day.  I’ve never been a club person, even when I was young and unattached enough to fit in there!

Creative Counselor: Coffee Date

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the kids are almost done with summer school, which seems so crazy.  After summer school ends next week, there’s only 2 1/2 weeks left until J starts kindergarten!  I really need to get on that school supply list…

Speaking of school supplies, was that the best part of summer for anyone else?  I remember when I was kid that I loved the day that we got to go to Target and pick out all of our supplies for the next year.  I loved law school too.  Like loved it.  I really am a nerd at heart 🙂

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we were contacted by a significant other of a friend who run a modeling agency here in town.  She had seen pictures of our kids (see last week’s post about our decision to reduce their presence on social media) and asked if we’d ever thought about them modeling.  The answer is yes, we have thought about it (people have asked us some variation of that question since J was a baby), but were always too lazy to seek out any agency.

Now it probably sounds hypocritical that we’re taking them off of social media, but entertaining the idea of them modeling.  We’ve thought and talked a lot about that, and I actually think they’re not inconsistent.  The main thing I don’t like about social media is that it’s personal to them — i.e. when someone sees them on social media, they have a name and an address and a family and a story.  That’s a lot of personal information about a child.

An image used in advertising is different.  Advertising images are impersonal and not specific to any person depicted.  It’s a beautiful child, not that beautiful child.  So we’re thinking about doing it.  I’m generally in favor of anything that might help put them through college someday 🙂

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?


6 thoughts on “Coffee Date {#61}

  1. keepsmeoutofmischief

    Hi, here we’re just about to finish for the summer holidays. 6 and a half weeks with no Playschool/ nursery/ childminder to provide a means of escape and 46 days of entertainment required! I’ve made some vague plans to go gallivanting around the country to visit friends and family which I really must sort out. We’ve had the fun of potty training this week, our eldest decided that he wasn’t going to wear nappies anymore. It’s going really well and he’s so proud of himself!
    We’re looking forward to a weekend with our extended family to celebrate a cousin’s 40th, we’re all getting old!
    The view from that sun lounger is making me jealous!

    1. Katie Post author

      Wow, 6 1/2 weeks with no school is a challenge! Our preschool used to close for almost that long during the summer and those weeks were rough. We were soooooo happy last year when they switched to mirror the school year so the summer break was cut down to 3 weeks — much more manageable! Our kids start their summer break after next week. We’ll spend part of the time visiting my parents in Iowa, and J and N have a 4-day art camp at the museum the following week. Then less than 1 week with nothing planned before school starts again!

      Good luck with the potty training! We always took a similar route with our kids — letting them do it when they were ready. It was a fairly quick and painless process, so I bet you’ll be on the other side really soon!

  2. Kelly

    yes, let them build up that college fund, ha! I agree modeling is different because it is anonymous, rather than being associated with a specific person/family. I never post pics of my girls and it can be hard to resist sometimes. But I’ve heard enough creepy instances of pictures ending up where they shouldn’t that I am very sure it’s the right decision for us. My husband doesn’t do social media at all and isn’t even super comfortable with me putting myself out there- but I’m a grown up and make my own decisions 🙂 My 7 year old really wants to start her own blog, she thinks it’s the coolest thing ever!

    1. Katie Post author

      Haha! Impressed that your 7-year-old has enough know-how to start a blog at all! It seems like that would be so far off for J at 6, but I know that when he starts school this year and starts learning to read, etc., it’s not nearly as far off as I think!

  3. lisa g

    I agree, the modeling vs. social media thing is definitely different, though I suppose you still run the risk of finding photos where you don’t want them. Such a tough thing to figure out. I haven’t quit posting photos of my kids yet but I do wonder about it from time to time.

    We’re struggling a bit with the summer break situation–too much unscheduled time! Summer activities/camps are crazy expensive here (basically equivalent to day care rates) so we just have to wing it on our own. I’ll be happy when school starts back up!

    1. Katie Post author

      I do like my kids to have lots of unstructured time during the summer but also during the year. They’re young enough that they really need it. But they are getting old enough that they love the structure of school and will be very happy to go back!


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